“Will you give the devotion at the beginning of the meeting?” With Off to a Good Start, you can confidently answer, “Yes!” Inside are 24 openers with a scripture, prayer, reflection, questions, and a simple activity. There are openers for specific small groups, as well as for Advent, Easter, and other church seasons. You’ll also find prayers for every occasion and season, including graces. This handy collection is ideal for small groups, boards, women’s groups, and workshops.
David Sparks has been in active and retired ministry for 40 years in The United Church of Canada and the United Reformed Church of England and Wales. He has written six books in the Prayers to Share and Pastoral Prayers to Share series (Wood Lake Books) and is the author of A Good Ending: A Compassionate Guide to Funerals, Pastoral Care, and Life Celebrations (United Church Publishing House). He lives with his wife in British Columbia.