Resource, Checklist

One of the nicest things you can do for your leaders is to set up a closet (or a room or some other space) with the essential supplies they’ll need to teach.

January 13, 2010 0 0 comments
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This website provides information and support for churches using Walk With Me--a preschool through grade eight faith nurture curriculum by Faith Alive.

January 11, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Website

This website provides information and support for churches using Kid Connection--the kindergarten through grade six large group/small group curriculum from Faith Alive.

January 11, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

What do eight year olds like to talk about? How do preschoolers learn best? What can I do to encourage a middle schooler in my class? Kids think and act so much differently than adults that relating to them can be a challenge! The links below summarize intellectual, social, and spiritual...

January 11, 2010 0 0 comments
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If you’re a doer like me, you’ll find it easier to check things off the list than be still to pause for prayer. Like Martha in the kitchen, nothing that we do is as important as the relationship we’re cultivating with God.

January 10, 2010 0 0 comments
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Some of my favorite story times are ones that allow kids to take center stage. I'm a body smart person, and it turns out most of my kids are too. We love to jump in and become part of the story. When we imagine we're the disciples in the boat as Jesus comes walking across the water, we pull Peter and Jesus into our boat made of chairs shouting, "Wow--you really are the Son of God!" and then we go back to fishing for a little while.

January 5, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

As you teach 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, you’ll soon get to know what they’re like. But even veteran leaders find it hard to analyze and categorize this age group. One reason is that kids in middle school are in transition from childhood to adulthood. Somewhere, probably at widely different...

December 31, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

Once you get to know the children in your group, you’ll be amazed at how different they are! No two of these image-bearers are alike, that’s for sure. Still, most children in this age group are beginning to establish a sense of identity, of who they are. And some of this identity comes through...

December 31, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

As you prepare to lead second and third graders, remind yourself of who these delightful children are. There’s much more to be said than what is stated here and, of course, each child is unique. The best way to get to know the children is to observe them from week to week, listening to what they...

December 31, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

The sight of a yellow school bus picking up her child from the corner can pull at parental heartstrings like few other things can. Going to school—either part-time or all day—marks a tremendous change in the lives of these little ones, a change that’s felt not only in the home but in the church...

December 31, 2009 0 2 comments
Resource, Article

A significant reward that comes with teaching is the joy you’ll experience as you get to know each little one in your group—what he or she is thinking, feeling, imagining, believing. Not only will you have an opportunity to influence young minds and hearts, but you’ll also be influenced by your...

December 31, 2009 1 0 comments
Resource, Article

We are called to provide a warm and comfortable environment in our church school programs for children with disabilities. It's an important way to affirm that all of our children receive God's covenant promises and serve in God's kingdom.

Your own acceptance of the child with...

December 31, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Book or Booklet

This helpful tool includes a checklist of features to look for in children's Bible curriculum. Questions are designed to help you find material that is theologically and educationally sound and to fit the personality and dynamics of your congregation.

December 28, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Website

Visit this site to see reports and recommendations from the committee, including resources to use in helping your church discuss the role baptism and the Lord's Supper play in forming our faith.

December 23, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

From Blues Clues to box office hits, video games to McDonald’s bags, our kids are encountering an explosion of eye-catching images every day. How does that affect the way they explore and express their faith?

In a recent workshop I attended, Gretchen Wolff Pritchard, author of Offering...

December 22, 2009 0 0 comments
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So why has it taken me so long? Truth is it never made sense to me to put so much work into something that just went back into the box when it was done. Does children’s ministry ever feel like that to you? You dedicate time preparing for a lesson—cutting out Memory Cards, printing off reproducible pages, learning Bible stories. Then you bring it all to church...

December 22, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

Each fall my hometown hosts an Oktoberfest parade. For eighteen years we’ve watched from the same downtown corner and then driven to the same farmer’s field to prop the kids up among the pumpkins and snap their picture. When we began this annual event we had one child smiling among a sea of...

December 15, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

I don’t remember the course content, the final exam, or the other students in my favorite university course at DordtCollege in Sioux Center, Iowa. What I do remember and what I looked forward to most each day was the professor’s opening prayer. He’d look at us all with this big smile on his face...

December 15, 2009 0 0 comments
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As an arrow whizzed passed my ear--much too close for comfort--I turned to face whatever kid had broken the archery rule I had just finished explaining. Unfortunately, it wasn't a kid. It was my co-leader. The co-leader who was supposed to be helping me lead archery and keep kids safe was now...

November 26, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

If you’ve ever had to defend your budget or been asked to “do something with the kids” during a meeting planned for adults, you can probably relate to this note I received from a local children’s ministry director.

I was sitting at my desk having one of those mental conversations, trying...

April 1, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

As we reflect on being but dust and ash and follow Christ’s journey to the cross, we’re reminded of how much we need the resurrection. 

March 1, 2009 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

Canadian-American Economist John Kenneth Galbraith said, “Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.” But if you've ever lost a game of phone tag, been on a paper chase, or fallen asleep waiting for an e-mail response, you know there are times when face-to-face meetings make...

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