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Making Room for the New Kid

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.

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Any Recommendations for Resources on Prayer and Fasting for Children?

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.

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How do you handle prayer time in Sunday school?

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!

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Listening to Kids

How can we make listening a key part of our time together with kids?

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Getting-to-Know-You Games

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.

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What is our Primary Role as Teachers?

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.

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A Kick-Off Art Project

Here's an idea for kicking off the year with a creative project that brings kids together.

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The Sunday School Offering

Creative ideas from churches that are trying new things with this age old tradition.

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Which Curriculum Would You Recommend?

It's curriculum selection season--which materials have you found especially helpful for sharing God's word with kids, teens, or adults?
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Planning a Youth Catechism Retreat

Here's a pattern that has proven helpful for hosting a youth retreat focused on the Heidelberg Catechism.

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Wrapping up the Sunday School Season

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.

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Sunday School Celebration!

Ideas for making the last day of Sunday school special.

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Choosing Children's Curriculum

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.

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The Case for Hiring A Special Needs Coordinator

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.

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Webinar: Choosing Children's Curriculum

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.

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Embracing Easter Guests

Are you expecting a few new folks in worship this Sunday? Consider these easy ideas for embracing Easter guests.

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Flame: Creative Children's Ministry Blog

This blog is a creative source for ministry inspiration, especially during special seasons of the church year.

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Trapped by the Table

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. 

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Disguising the Discussion

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. 

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Beat The Winter Blahs!

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 . . .

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It's For Me Too!

In the children’s Bible storybooks that I read to my daughter the opening pages begin with, “This is a story from God’s book, the Bible. It’s for [say name(s) of your child(ren)]. It’s for me too!”

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Re-Imagining Children's and Youth Ministry

How do youth and children call us to re-imagine what it means to be and do church? What, theologically, does it mean to be a young person in today’s church and world? How should our theology (re)shape the ways in which we minister with children and youth?

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