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It’s been a few weeks now since Sunday school began. You’re getting to know the kids and getting comfortable with the curriculum. Now is just the right time to pause and consider what’s going well, and what could go better . . .

October 9, 2012 0 0 comments
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This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 10/03/2012 This webinar will give you the tools you need. From understanding the basics of ASD, to employing strategies for including individuals with ASD, to managing difficult behaviors, you’ll learn how to form an action plan and get started.

October 3, 2012 0 0 comments
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Bullying. Just say the word, and most people have a story to tell. So what can you do to ensure that bullying doesn’t happen on your watch? Here are some pointers gathered from organizations that have studied the issue of bullying and its effect on kids: 

October 2, 2012 0 0 comments
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On Wednesday October 3 at 12:00 EDT Nella Uitvlugt of Friendship Ministries will be presenting a webinar on the topic of "Autism and Children's Ministry." This webinar will give you the tools you need for understanding the basics of ASD, to employing strategies for including individuals with ASD...

September 26, 2012 0 0 comments
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In Sunday school, we want to create an environment where everybody belongs and everybody learns and grows together. What does that mean for kids with visual impairments? Check out these helpful ideas from Sister Barbara Cline, the Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. 

September 11, 2012 0 0 comments
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Calling kids by name sends them the message that they aren’t just one of the crowd, but are known and valued individually (not only by you, but also by God). Use these easy ideas to get to know the kids in your group.  

September 4, 2012 0 0 comments
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As a busy ministry season kicks off, it’s tempting to skip the face-to-face time with our team. After all, we have bright leaders. We have a slick system for passing out supplies. We’ve chosen material that is easy to use. Why not just pass out the leader’s guide and send everyone off with a smile and a pat on the back?    

August 21, 2012 0 2 comments
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As a new Sunday School coordinator, I'd like to find a project or cause that the kids could learn about and contribute to throughout the year.  (In the past few years, they've already done Free a Family, Water for Life, and AIDS from http://www.crwrc.org/pages/crwrc_childrensresources.cfm so I'd...

August 14, 2012 0 4 comments
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Now that you’ve had a little break from regular programing, think back on what stands out about last season. Consider sending out two questions this week to all of your leaders/teachers and parents... ....... Consider sending out a two question survey this week to all of your leaders/teachers and parents  

August 7, 2012 0 0 comments
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Depending on where you live, your VBS program is likely to be somewhere between VERY HOT and UNBEARABLY HOT. Kids and leaders need relief from the heat. Try these ideas to keep everyone cool(er), and happier too.

July 24, 2012 0 1 comments
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You might have a slew of new music, books, and photos waiting out there in the cloud for you to access and enjoy... but who are the people in your cloud that will cheer you on and inspire you in ministry this season?  

July 16, 2012 0 0 comments
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After writing for the network for over a year, this is my last post as a guide for the Sunday School network. This has been a great opportunity to articulate some of the things a church educator like me thinks about on a weekly basis. Being a guide on the Network has helped me examine the work that I do and think about it in relationship to the whole CRCNA.

July 9, 2012 0 4 comments
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Sandra McCracken has recorded a new children’s album with songs that are appropriate for children without dumbing down the theology or the music. The songs have melodies that kids will remember and enjoy singing.

July 2, 2012 0 0 comments
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It is easy for us to let our kids and teens think that we have it all together, with lists of things to do and with quick answers to complex questions but lives are much more complicated than that.

June 18, 2012 0 0 comments
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Being a Sunday school teacher involves many skills. From knowing the lesson and the kids in your class, to keeping an eye on the time to make sure you have enough time for snacks. There’s a lot to manage.

May 29, 2012 0 0 comments
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May is the time for graduations from college and high school. This Sunday during the morning worship we recognized our high school graduates. We asked them to come forward and stand around the baptismal font. We talked to them about God’s faithfulness and here is what was said...

May 21, 2012 0 0 comments
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I came across this really interesting blog post called the “Bible in 66 Verses” on the Lutheran Forum. The author, Sarah Wilson, selected a verse from each book of the Bible that summarizes that book’s content.  How could you use this idea?

May 5, 2012 0 1 comments
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Our worship services would not be as good if we did not allow our members to learn as they do things. We want to let many people use their gifts – including children and teens – and we want to support them so they do well. That also means that sometimes worship will be less than perfect.

April 30, 2012 0 0 comments
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Leaders of Sunday School need to share and tell the good stories of what is happening when they gather. We can choose to tell the stories of frustration and failure or the stories of how God is powerfully moving.  We have an opportunity to set what becomes the prevailing narrative of Sunday School in our church.

April 23, 2012 0 1 comments
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One of the things I like about baptisms is that, in addition to the parents making a vow, the congregation does too. The congregation promises that they will love and support this new child and play a special role in her instruction in the faith. It reminds me that we, as a church, take faith formation seriously.

April 16, 2012 0 1 comments
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85% of Christian kids never hear their parents talk about their faith.  God’s Big Story Cards are an easy way to engage in faith talk and Bible study. While these cards can be used to build relationships in the Sunday School classroom they also can be used to connect families to the story and connect to each other.

April 9, 2012 0 2 comments
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I thought this was a great idea for what might be extra or unused materials. The kids will be reminded of what they learned over the course of the last year and the parents will be encouraged to share a story that we didn’t have a chance to tell.

April 2, 2012 0 2 comments
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If your congregation is like many we’re in conversation with, you’re seriously considering Synod 2010’s decision to welcome baptized children to participate in the sacrament of communion. But with change comes challenge—along with the need to replace old processes and practices with new ones. That’s the challenge we’d like to address

March 27, 2012 0 1 comments
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Every week in our morning worship service, the children in 3rd and 4th grade bring in the Bible and light a candle in the front of church. During Lent, a third child is added to the procession who carries in a cross, holding it up high as the congregation sings “Lift High the Cross”

March 26, 2012 0 1 comments
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Sometimes, volunteers are hard to find! There are some people who are just not good working with children or don’t feel comfortable working with kids. But then there are those who are good with children and just do not have the time available to lead on a weekly basis. Sometimes we have difficulty 

March 20, 2012 0 1 comments

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Great idea-I'll make it a new thread of conversation.

Interesting comment from parents! I think I'll highlight that in the blog to see if others are hearing the same thing. I'll start a new thread with the question of where to donate extra Sunday school curriculum-thanks for the great ideas!

I would personally love to hear some ideas on leading and encouraging a volunteer team. With about 70 volunteers under my care, training and caring for them can be a daunting task!

I also love the Jesus Storybook Bible - for younger elementary kids. For upper elementary, I think that Group's Hands On Bible is fabulous. I usually give kids the NLT for personal use.

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I would love to know more about sunday school curriculum. I know there is A LOT out there, but right now Faith Alive at CRCNA is promoting a new curriculum called Kid Connection. We have been using the Walk With Me curriculum and I would love hear a comparison. I also would like to know what other churches think- what they use, what seems to work for them. Also suggestions for Sunday School teachers who have kids that seem to know all the answers because "we heard it in school."

Another topic is someting I have heard A LOT from parents. "I don't send my kids to Sunday School because they already hear so many bible stories. My kids hear a lesson at school, during children and worship, and again during their groups (such as GEMS, CADETS, etc.) It is just "too much" for my kids."

Finally, I would love to know about organizations or suggestions about where to donate extra incomplete Sunday school curriculum. Often we have extra units that are missing some sessions, or the stickers or story cards are partially used. So, they aren’t complete therefore we won’t use them again next year. But I know there are many churches and countries that CAN use them.

I love the imaginations of kids this age!

This article is nicely done! Lots of applications --- and thanks for pointing me to this site!

Your proud dad!

I taught Sunday school for this age for several years. At this age there are very fun to teach and see them grow as they explore what's around them! I can definitely see many of these things. I had to be careful though as I am sarcastic at times, and at this age they don't understand sarcasm.

After trying MANY in our household, our favorite for littler kids is:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

...as the title suggests, it's refreshingly Reformed. Faith Alive carries it.

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