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Lesson Prep Without Stress!

As Sunday school teachers, 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.

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Chair Wars

I don't usually think of chairs as a distraction, but at my church they are. What about you, what distractions to do you face in your Sunday school room? What solutions have you found?

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Advent Ideas for Families

Between the gifts, the Grinch, and the jolly elves, it’s tough for Christian parents to help kids focus on the true reason we celebrate: heaven’s come down to earth! Here are some helpful ideas you can pass on to families.  

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Key Connections

It’s easy to feel isolated when you’re leading a ministry. If the attendance drops, a volunteer steps down, or parents are unhappy, everyone looks to you for solutions and direction. But who do you look to for support, encouragement, and advice?

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On the Job Training

Teacher training is hard. Attempting to schedule even one meeting to kick off the beginning of the season can create a calendar crisis...So why not zero in on the brand new leaders and give them a little personal attention?

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He Knows My Name

After singing the chorus they came to the part that said, “He knows my name”, and the little girl 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. How do you make songs more personal and meaningful to kids? 

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Observing Lent With Kids

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. Here's an article on how to help kids journey with Jesus through Lent.

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Three Year Olds

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.

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Prayer

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.

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A Piece of Encouragement

Leading Sunday school kids can be challenging but we know that every week some of the puzzle pieces are heading out the door with our kids. A song lyric, a glimpse of God, a Scripture verse ... we trust that God is at work, putting those pieces together.

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Supplies, Room Names, and Learning to Listen

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   

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Take A Break!

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!

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The Next Year

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  

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New Guide for Sunday School

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

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What Do You See?

Everyone dreams of a Sunday school where everyone comes on time, listens attentively, responds appropriately and loves to come every Sunday. Like in Lake Wobegon all the children, teens and adults in Sunday school are above average. Then comes the reality of Sunday

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Using and Promoting Good Resources

The three year olds I teach in Sunday school are wonderfully creative and fun but I need to be ready to adjust my lesson on the fly. A few weeks ago the lesson I had prepared began with each child getting a paper figure of a child to represent themselves. Then I handed out the figures ... That’s when things started to go in ways I didn’t plan for.

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Worship Bag Update

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.  

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Worship Bags for Kids

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?

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At Your Baptism...

I’m always looking for ways to help kids “remember” their baptism and understand what it means. So I was excited to see the latest board book from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. It’s called At Your Baptism

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Wondering Out Loud

One of the wondering questions for the Parable of the Ten Virgins was "I wonder who the foolish virgins were?” A child answered, "I know, it was Jill" (another child in the class).  What is the best way to respond?

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For Seniors Of All Ages

Many of us treat church education like drivers’ training – once you get your license you’re good to go and you never ever have to take one of those classes again. But church education should not be like that. So maybe what we need is a commencement ceremony

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School's Out for Summer

Faith formation is a daily reality that doesn’t stop for any season. That’s why I’m excited about the new summer articles on the Nurture blog with great ideas for families to use this summer.

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