Having survived learning the basics of reading and writing, children in this age group are (usually!) eager learners. Here are a few “typical” characteristics of this age group.
Going to school marks a tremendous change in the lives of these little ones, a change that’s felt not only in the home but in the church school as well. Here are some of the characteristics you’ll see in children in kindergarten and first grade.
Here is a brief description of some characteristics you’ll see in the children you lead and learn from. We hope it will give you some insight into what you may anticipate from preschoolers—intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
It's natural to have some feelings of uneasiness about working with children who have disabilities, but these fears will quickly disappear as you gain some experience. Here are some general tips.
This helpful tool includes a checklist of features to look for in children's Bible curriculum. Questions are designed to help you find material that is theologically and educationally sound and to fit the personality and dynamics of your congregation.
Visit this site to see reports and recommendations from the committee, including resources to use in helping your church discuss the role baptism and the Lord's Supper play in forming our faith.
Kids today have too few images to draw on to help them think about God or share God’s story with others—they need to develop a “visual vocabulary of faith.”
So why has it taken me so long? Truth is it never made sense to me to put so much work into something that just went back into the box when it was done. Does children’s ministry ever feel like that to you? You dedicate time preparing for a lesson—cutting out Memory Cards, printing off reproducible pages, learning Bible stories. Then you bring it all to church...
Getting folks on board with your church’s children’s ministry program can be a struggle. I’ve got a few ideas you might want to try.
It’s important to invite kids into your conversations with God. Your prayers may be the thing they remember most! Use these prayer pointers to expand your "comfort zones" when it comes to prayer.
If you pair up with another leader to share a class or rotate by unit or quarter, consider having a conversation about these key concerns.
We’ve got one hour with kids every Sunday morning—if we aren’t babysitting, what are we hoping for out of this time?
As we reflect on being but dust and ash and follow Christ’s journey to the cross, we’re reminded of how much we need the resurrection.