It happens all the time in our ministries—new babies are born, family dynamics change, a time of adjustment occurs, until finally a new normal is established.
Have you come across something or developed something to help kids learn about and experience the spiritual habit of fasting? By fasting, I don't necessarily mean fasting from food, but abstaining from something for a specific period of time for the sake of seeking God more fully.
With just 40 minutes for Sunday school it's been hard for me to squeeze in prayer time. What's worked for you? I need some ideas!
How can we make listening a key part of our time together with kids?
I always like to spend a few minutes playing a getting-to-know-you game on the first day of Sunday school. Here are two of my favorites.
The answer seems obvious: to teach the Bible story or lesson we've been assigned. But I wonder if it's more nuanced than that.
Here's an idea for kicking off the year with a creative project that brings kids together.
Creative ideas from churches that are trying new things with this age old tradition.
It's curriculum selection season--which materials have you found especially helpful for sharing God's word with kids, teens, or adults?
Here's a pattern that has proven helpful for hosting a youth retreat focused on the Heidelberg Catechism
The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.
Here's a great article on working with volunteers in children's ministry, but all the suggestions listed can also be used in any other area where volunteers are engaged in ministry.
As your faith formation programs switch gears for the summer, consider these preplanning ideas to help you kick off next year's Sunday school season with success.
Ideas for making the last day of Sunday school special.
If your church is considering a change in Sunday school or children's curriculum, this webinar will provide practical tips on finding a curriculum that fits your theology and your context.
At a time when the diagnosis of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities is on the rise, it seems wise for churches to consider investing in someone who can help us understand how best to love one another in Christ.
Join me for a one hour webinar that explores the nuts and bolts of curriculum selection and offers an overview of Faith Alive's three core children's curricula.
Are you expecting a few new folks in worship this Sunday? Consider these easy ideas for embracing Easter guests.
Is our Sunday school structure holding us back from deeper discipleship with children?
This blog is a creative source for ministry inspiration, especially during special seasons of the church year.
Worship is deeply formative and learning how to participate in worship is critical to lifelong faith growth. Could what we do in Sunday school help engage children in worship too?
Great teachers are those who passionately follow Jesus Christ and share their faith out of the overflow of their hearts! Here is a helpful list of Lenten devotions to pass along to your teaching team during this special season.
My Sunday school class takes place in a small square room with two rectangle tables pushed together in the center. Add 8 chairs filled with fifth graders and you’ve used up all the floor space.
Sitting still to answer questions is really hard for active kids. So I’m collecting ideas for jumpstarting conversations and disguising discussions. Here are a few that have worked for me.
Although everyone appreciates peace after a busy holiday season, by February things can seem a bit too quiet! Break up the long winter weeks by incorporating a “Beat the Winter Blahs” day into your season! Here's how . . .