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Ten Great Children’s Ministry Resources From the CRC

Check out the CRC’s growing list of children’s ministry resources on the topics of faith formation, Sunday school, worship, communion, family ministry, and more.

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People
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Children's Ministry Catalyzer for CRC Churches

Mimi Larson is the new Children’s Ministry Catalyzer with Faith Formation Ministries! Contact her if you have children's ministry questions or challenges, e.g., faith formation and child-specific spiritual development, children’s ministry program development and curriculum selection, and more.

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Guide or Toolkit
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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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Lesson or Study
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Lent With Children: Simplified Stations of the Cross

The themes entwined in the Lenten season — self-examination, lament, mortality — aren’t easy concepts for kids to wrap their brains around. For Lent this year, consider adding visual and tactile elements to your observation of Lent.

Faith NurtureSunday School
Article
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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. 

Sunday School
Article
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Welcome to the Real World

When Dorothy arrives in the Land of Oz, she looks around and tells her dog, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” You may feel like Dorothy as you realize children are growing up in a different world than you did!

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Book or eBook
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Must-Have Books for Your Children’s Ministry Library

Nothing reaches kids like a well-told story with eyeball-grabbing art. If it’s time for a refresh of your personal or church library, check out these beautiful faith-forming books.

Faith NurtureSunday School
Article
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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!

Sunday School
Article
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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.

PastorsSunday School
Article
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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.

Sunday School
Article
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No Easy "How-tos"

When you seek to lead children to Jesus, no formula will replace the guidance of God’s Spirit as you respond to Jesus’ command from Matthew 19: “Let the little children come to me ...”

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A Lent Activity for Middle Schoolers From Covenant Life

Ahhhh … it’s Lent! What am I going to do with my middle school kids? That was me last week, and once again, God provided a lesson that reached my kids and I wanted to share it with you. 

Sunday SchoolYouth Ministry
Article
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What Does It Take?

A wise person once said you only need three loves and two skills to be a good teacher.

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Article
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10 Tips for Becoming a Good Active Listener

One of the most precious gifts you can give to the children in your group is to truly listen to them. When you listen, you’re giving them permission, inviting them to ask important questions and explore their faith.

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Praying With Children

Are you looking for some ways to encourage the kids in your group to talk and listen to God? If so, check out these suggestions for teaching children about prayer. 

Sunday School
Article
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Questions About Questions

Wondering what the best kinds of questions are to stimulate kids’ imaginations and nurture their faith in the classroom? Check out these tips...

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Curriculum
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Sharing God’s Big Story With Kids

Talk about faith with your kids using God’s Big Story Cards — a boxed set of cards that encourage families to wonder, pray, praise, share, and respond to God’s Word. 

Children & WorshipSunday School
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Stay Limber!

We expect those who provide a service to have expertise in that area and to be equipped to meet that specific need. The same applies to teachers: kids expect you to speak from experience when you teach — to “walk your talk,” as we say.

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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. 

Faith NurtureSunday School
Article
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Transparency — Use It!

Transparency isn’t just another name for an “overhead” — it’s also an essential quality of a good teacher. To be true to Christ and to the kids you teach, cultivate honesty in your life by keeping in mind these tips. 

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Article
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Finding Support

Sunday school teachers are a lot like plants. Without support they’ll dry up, wither away, and disappear. Sounds pretty harsh, right? But that’s the way it is with ministry.

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Discipline—WWJD?

As one experienced teacher put it, creating a disciplined environment to ensure optimal learning requires equal parts of technique and personality.

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