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Hi Everyone. My name is Laura Keeley and I am the new guide for the Sunday School network. This is a great opportunity to work with you and to learn from you about Sunday School and other things related to working with children, teens and adults. I want to thank Jolanda Howe for the great work

April 10, 2011 0 1 comments
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This is my last blog as the Sunday school Network guide, but you’ll still see me posting comments and even writing guest blogs now and then. That’s because I believe in The Network.  I believe we are stronger when we share ideas, encourage one another, and look for  

April 4, 2011 0 7 comments
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It's always fun to visit other churches and see what they do.  One pastor I spoke with this week told me about something unique that his church does for 6th grade Sunday school. The group meets after the worship service and spends the whole time discussing the sermon   

March 30, 2011 0 0 comments
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This age is a challenge for me. I plan something active, then a quiet activity, followed by something active again. Because these children are quite young I can go through many of these active/quiet sets in half an hour. Yet some days, no matter what I do, they lose interest . . .

March 21, 2011 0 0 comments
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Though this somber season seems at odds with the boisterous nature of kids, it can be a meaningful time to talk together about the love, forgiveness, and hope we find in Jesus. For ideas on how to help kids journey with Jesus through Lent . . . 

March 14, 2011 0 0 comments
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I have a pair of 9 and 10 year old girls in my group who get on each others nerves quite easily. I'd love some ideas for keeping siblings on track during Sunday school!  

March 14, 2011 0 1 comments
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After singing the chorus once through they came to the part that said, “He knows my name”, and the little girl in the top row spoke her name loud and clear into the microphone, and passed it on to the next child, who spoke and then passed it to the next—each one saying...  

March 8, 2011 0 1 comments
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I recently attended the Dwell preview event. Each story in the curriculum has been given a symbol and these symbols are included on all of the materials for that story.

February 28, 2011 0 4 comments
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For Sunday school we always use the CD's that come along with the curriculum. And for children's church (during the sermon) a musician from our congregation leads singing using the Sing With Me and LiFE songbooks. It works out great, but I'm wondering what others do? Do you bring all the kids...

February 22, 2011 0 1 comments
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Hanging from the ceiling was a hanger with people’s names written on it. There were the names of family members: mom, dad and his three sisters. Then there was another name: Mr. Mulder. Mr. Mulder wasn’t part of our family...

February 21, 2011 0 0 comments
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Does anyone from the Sunday School Ministry contact the Library Ministry for resources? 

Or does your Sunday School "advertize" that the Library exists or has materials for kid? 

As a Church Library Ministry leader I want to get the kids and youth into the library to pick out some of...

February 21, 2011 0 1 comments
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Anyone have classes they would recommend that are geared toward parents.  I have heard good things about Love and Logic, but it is pretty spendy.  Wondering if there are other options out there?

February 15, 2011 0 7 comments
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If your church uses the Young Children and Worship program you may appreciate the wondering approach that Dwell uses to help kids enter imaginatively into God's story. With this curriculum kids and young teens imagine themselves in all the stories of Scripture and them see that their lives are part of the one BIG story of ... 

February 15, 2011 0 1 comments
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It’s easy to spend less time prepping as the season goes on, even though we know  how critical prayer and preparation are for sharing a great lesson. If you tend to be like me, and associate planning with panic and procrastination, try these tips to help you skip the stress...

February 7, 2011 0 0 comments
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This activity involves making up a prayer to the tune of a song you know. This is great for kids who are musical or who love to move around, and it works as an individual or a group prayer activity. It also lends itself to a broader conversation about worship and prayer...

January 31, 2011 0 0 comments
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How do you use technology in your ministry, and what techi tools work well for you?  

January 25, 2011 0 0 comments
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I try to bookmark pages that might prove helpful to ministry. Today I found one that I have to recommend! 

January 18, 2011 0 0 comments
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Kids spend a long time worshipping with the congregation. There are already many ways that they can participate, but many of them choose to sit, talk together, and doodle during times when the could be singing, greeting others, etc.  

January 11, 2011 0 0 comments
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Sunday morning for me feels like kids, kids, kids. And the energy it takes to serve them well—singing, telling stories, listening to them, helping them get along, praying together, leading activities…can be exhausting. I love my Sunday afternoon nap!

January 3, 2011 0 0 comments
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appy New Year! By now you are almost halfway through the educational year, and you’ve tackled some of your most labor-intensive months. (Stop reading and give yourself a hug!) But since there’s still work to be done, I’ve prepared a little list to help you get the New Year off to a smooth start...

January 3, 2011 0 0 comments
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It was homecoming day in Bethlehem. Soldiers, servants, tentmakers, rich merchants on camels, large families on foot, and crying babies on hips all arrived to crowded streets and overbooked hotels. Caesar Augustus had ordered a census and wanted everyone to be counted, so everyone squeezed into...

December 16, 2010 0 0 comments
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I’d love to hear from other churches that already do worship bags. What do you include in kids’ worship bags? How did introduce the bags and help kids catch the vision for staying engaged in worship?

December 14, 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...

December 1, 2010 0 0 comments
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A friend forwarded me this video last week and I couldn't resist posting it for you!How are the kids in your church using their gifts to bless your congregation?

December 1, 2010 0 0 comments
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With American Thanksgiving only a few days away, I’m counting my blessings and you’re on the list!  Each week you...

November 23, 2010 0 0 comments

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