Sort by

Blog
158 views
21 shares
0 rating
0 comments

In Praise of Sunday School Teachers

Mrs. Brown was a great story teller. Back then we used flannel boards instead of videos, and although the images weren’t digital, she made Bible stories come to life...

Sunday School
Blog
334 views
16 shares
0 rating
0 comments

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! 

Faith NurtureSunday School
Blog
871 views
6 shares
0 rating
1 comment

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. 

Sunday School
Blog
418 views
22 shares
0 rating
0 comments

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. 

 

Sunday School
Blog
403 views
71 shares
0 rating
0 comments

God Loves Sophie!

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

Faith NurtureParentingSunday School
Devotional
458 views
19 shares
0 rating
1 comment

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.

EldersSunday School
Blog
202 views
12 shares
0 rating
3 comments

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.

Sunday School
Blog
110 views
0 shares
0 rating
3 comments

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!”

Sunday School
Blog
247 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

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?

Sunday School
Blog
172 views
0 shares
0 rating
2 comments

Who is Coming to Our House?

The suspense builds as all the barn animals get ready for a special arrival and wonder who is coming. They dust the beams, lay eggs, and make room. At last they welcome Mary and Joseph as each snout pushes in for a better view of baby Jesus lying in Mary’s arms.

Sunday School
Blog
448 views
0 shares
0 rating
1 comment

A New Bible App for Kids

On Thanksgiving Day (USA), YouVersion launched a new Bible app for kids. It promises to be an animated adventure designed to help kids explore the big stories of the Bible and begin cultivating a love for Scripture at a young age.

Sunday School
Blog
674 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Camp Rules: a Catechism Game for Kids

When I heard that members of Faith Church (RCA) in Dyer, Indiana, had developed a Heidelberg Catechism game for kids, I just had to get a copy. I'd like to recommend this resource to parents and Sunday school teachers.

Sunday School
Article
935 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Exploring the Psalms with Kids and Teens

When was the last time you taught a Sunday school lesson on a Psalm? (Okay, other than Psalm 23?)

Sunday School
Blog
323 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Prayer Ideas

Looking for new ideas for praying with kids in your classroom next season? Check out these creative prayer practices collected on Pinterest by our friends at the NC Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Sunday School
Blog
112 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Parent Conferences

Sophie, my fifteen month old daughter, spends two days a week at daycare. I was eager to attend the first parent conference this spring to hear about what she's learning and how they see her developing. What if the same thing happened in our children and youth ministry programs?

Sunday School
Blog
131 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Go in Peace

Many Sunday schools take a break during the summer months. If yours is one of them, how do you say goodbye to your class as you send them off to enjoy the sunshine? If you’re coming to your last week of Sunday school, consider setting aside time do something special. Here are a few ideas.

Sunday School
Blog
134 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Talking With Children about the Boston Marathon Bombings

Helping kids develop a faith that's big enough to deal with the realities of this fallen world is part of our role as faith nurturers. Last night I found this article posted on my facebook wall, Talking With Children about the Boston Marathon Bombings... and Listening!  and I wanted to pass it along. 

Sunday School
Blog
329 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

The Songs We Sing

When I think of Sunday school I think about telling God’s stories and sharing God’s love. But we’re also passing on a faith tradition. With that in mind, the songs we sing with kids and the variety of music we use is significant. It can help or hinder our efforts to enculturate them into the full life of the church.

Sunday School
Blog
6843 views
0 shares
0 rating
1 comment

Prayer Stations, a Chalk Labyrinth, and Other Cool Ideas

As educators we know that people learn best when their senses are engaged. Theresa Cho draws people in using color and sound, texture and scents, reflection and interaction. The experiences she creates are memorable, personal, and communal.

Sunday School
Procedure
577 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Developing a Vision for Sunday School

Why does your Sunday school or children's ministry program exist? The answer to that question could help motivate leaders to join the ministry, parents to send their kids out, and the church to invest in the next generation.

Sunday School
Blog
365 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

We DON'T Call It Mentoring

This fall Tyson Capel asked each high schooler at his church to invite an older member of the congregation to study the book of Acts with them. He is careful never to talk about this initiative as a mentoring or discipleship program — those words make people feel intimidated.

Sunday School
Blog
142 views
0 shares
0 rating
2 comments

A Community for Every Kid

In the book Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, Chap Clark and Kara Powel talk about flipping the 5:1 kid-to-adult ratio. Rather than one leader for every five teens, what if every child and teen in our churches had five adults who were investing in their lives?

Sunday School
Blog
110 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Is ACRE For You?

If you are a church educator, Sunday school coordinator, minister of faith formation, or director of children's or youth ministry, join or renew your membership in the Association of Christian Reformed Church Educators today! Members will receive support, best practices, and new ideas for Sunday school programs. 

Sunday School
Book or eBook
245 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

WANTED: Families to Field Test a New Prayer Book

Come to Me, a unique family “prayer book” now in development by Faith Alive, is an exciting new venture designed to bring families closer together and closer to God. We’re looking for families to field-test a sample of this book, which makes spending time with God a natural, doable, and meaningful part of family life. 

Sunday School
Blog
384 views
0 shares
0 rating
1 comment

What Do We Want Them To Learn?

What should fifth-grade children know about the Bible and about God? What values should Christians embody by the time they reach adulthood? These are interesting questions without easy answers.

Sunday School

Pages

RSS