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The Ultimate Toolkit for Children’s Ministry Leaders

Ministry with children is a big job. It’s an important job. The Children’s Ministry toolkit was designed to provide you with the support you need to do the work you do.

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A New Year's Checklist

Happy New Year! By now you are almost halfway through the educational year (stop reading and give yourself a hug!). But since there's still work to do, here's a list to help you get your New Year off to a smooth start. 

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Five Pointers for Praying With Kids

We all have different “comfort zones” when it comes to prayer. Use these prayer pointers to expand your comfort zone!

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Every Pastor in the CRC Should Hear This

Focusing our ministry attention on young adults has been a popular topic of conversation recently. But as someone who has been engaged in ministry with children for over 30 years, I’m concerned that we’re skipping over a generation.

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Confessions of a First-Grade Sunday School Teacher

This may come as a surprise to you, but Jonah wasn’t really swallowed by a whale. I’ve also discovered some other fishy “facts” that need to be reeled in. Read on to see if any of these tall tales sound familiar.

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8 Simple Ways to Remind Kids (and Others) They Are Part of God's Big Story

Have you seen the ‘I’m Part of God’s Story’ design that Dwell curriculum recently posted? In addition to helping helping children live into and out of God’s story—it’s a really fun design! Here are 8 ways to use it. 

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Eight Things About Creating Children's Curriculum That Might Surprise You

Recently I had a conversation with someone who, upon hearing me describe all the work that goes into creating pedagogically, theologically sound children’s ministry curriculum said, “I had no idea. You should tell people that!” And so I am.

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Curriculum
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Talk, Paper, Scissors

Some of the best conversations with children at church happen when I join them at the activity table. There’s something about sitting side-by-side as we draw, color, cut or paste that sparks conversation. 

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A Wonderful Way to Retell God’s Story

Looking for an impromptu, meaningful way for the children in your small group to retell the Bible story? Check out this idea from blogger Mina Munns at Flame: Creative Kids Children’s Ministry.

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Curriculum
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They're Here! Children's Ministry Sessions on the Lord's Supper

We are frequently asked, “Do you have any children's ministry sessions on the Lord’s Supper?” Today I’m excited to tell you that we can finally answer, “Yes, we do!”  

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Bible Story Characters to Make and Use

I recently found a fabulous pattern for making wonderful stand-up Bible story characters. I’ve listed three ideas for how you might use them but I'm sure there are many more! 

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Knock Knock, Communion Calling

Does your congregation welcome children to the Lord's Supper but also offer a children's ministry program during worship? If so, find ideas for how to make this transition go smoothly! 

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Take Homes that Make a Difference at Home

An hour in a children’s ministry program gives children the chance to spend time living into and out of God’s story but when we omit the church and home connection, children are missing out. 

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Standing on Holy Ground

The room fell silent for a few minutes as the impact of that question sunk in. It was profoundly moving to all of us in the classroom, and also to the girl's parents when we chatted about it later. 

 

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Resource
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God's Big Story Wall

What do the walls in your church tell your congregation — particularly the children — about what you value? Use this idea to make your walls another way to tell God's story.

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God Loves Sophie!

The Discipleship and Faith Formation Ministry launched the God Loves Me crowd funding campaign this week. Here's why.

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Devotional
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Help Families Resolve to Make 2015 the Year of Daily Devotions

Bless the families in your congregation with this free Christmas devotional and plant a seed to encourage them to resolve to talk about faith and to spend time together in God's story each day in the New Year.

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Book or eBook
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A Christmas Collection of Children's Story Books

“Recommendations for the best Christmas children’s story book…GO!” was the challenge. Here are the responses.

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Christmas Plays, Pageants and Prayers

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and, if you’re feeling pressure to put on a pageant but haven’t yet nailed down the details, here are some ideas.

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Just One Scene!

All the stories you’ve been telling your kids each week at church and all the stories you’ll be learning together after Christmas are part of that big story about what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do.

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Devotional
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Welcome Home: A Christmas Devotional

Here is a Christmas devotional. Use it to awaken your imagination to the wonder of that great day! 

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Make it Count

Since the time we do have with Sunday School kids is so small, we need to make each minute count. We need to do two things: connect with families and connect with kids. Here’s how.

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