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Consider Faith Alive First

I’m writing to ask for your help with an issue that affects all Christian Reformed churches. Faith Alive, as you know, is the publishing ministry of the CRC. But like many denominational publishers, Faith Alive is facing significant financial headwinds in today’s tough economic times.

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Legos in Sunday School

Sometimes the 9th and 10th grade students are not ready to engage with the Heidelberg Catechism. This makes the Sunday School hour crawl by for everyone and the teacher feels like she hasn’t connected at all. Have you been there?

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Leading a Child to Jesus (Part 2)

Sunday school leaders like you disciple children who are at the very beginning of their Christian journey. When the Holy Spirit works in their hearts, these children begin to respond to the call of the gospel.

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Leading a Child to Jesus

The reason we teach Sunday School is to teach kids who God is and to bring them into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. But how do we do that?

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The Bible in Fifty Words

Trying to summarize the Bible in just a few words could be an interesting activity to use in Sunday School with adults or teens. Could a Bible story be reviewed by summarizing it in ten words?  

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Using the Psalms with Kids

Psalms are important for kids and teens being raised in a postmodern culture, a culture where sometimes facts take a back seat to feelings. Our kids and teens need to know that they can bring their emotions and their responses to God in an appropriate way.

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The Power of Parents

Encouraging parents in their role as faith nurturers doesn’t have to take a lot of time—it can be as easy as getting resources in their hands. Karen DeBoer plans to share resource ideas that families can use at home to talk about faith and read God’s word together.

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Children and the Lord's Supper: One Church's Journey

How do the church’s elders provide “encouragement, instruction and accountability” for the congregation as they think about welcoming children to the Lord's Supper? Harderwyk Ministries in Holland, MI recognized that some of their families are ready for their children to participate 
 

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God's Amazing Spectrum

Barb has heard many heartbreaking stories over the years. People have told families with a person with a disability, "Sorry - try the church down the road, they might have something for you there" or "Your family can come, but not that child. We don't have anything for him here."

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Can We Measure Faith?

Faith Formation is something those of us who work in Church education think about quite a bit. But measuring faith is very difficult. Robert J. Keeley suggests that there are four accents that show a vibrant faith: creed, community, call and hope.

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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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Surrounded

One of the cool parts of the new Dwell curriculum from Faith Alive are the picture cards for each lesson. The teachers post  these cards on the walls of the classrooms, adding another story card each week. As the year goes on, these story reminders surround the class.

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Where Is God?

I’m always looking for ways to incorporate a good children’s storybook Bible into the times I spend with children. Each Bible story is skillfully summarized in kid-friendly language with illustrations that send the imagination soring. I love to pause after each page to wonder a little about the story

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Picture This

This Sunday I am taking my camera to church. I will take pictures of the kids singing or working with their teachers. This is a great way to remember the relationships we are building, preserve church memories and build an awareness of the practices of people of faith.

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High Tech, Low Tech Or No Tech

Is there an age when video instruction is appropriate and an age when it is not? Is Sunday School a time when kids ought to dis-engage from the technology that is so pervasive in other parts of our lives? Or are videos a tool that we can and should use to deliver the best instruction possible?

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Behind the Scenes on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is about children, costumes, choirs, carols, candles, and candy canes and coordinators. Behind the scenes of our Christmas Eve pageants or dramas are volunteers or staff who have their own families and personal events to plan.

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Essential Books on Children's Ministry

Here is a list of five essential books on Children’s Ministry from the Christian Century magazine. As you look at the list, what books would you add? What other favorites would be on the list if you had made it?  

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What's The Point?

Sunday School teachers need to know when things are working and when they’re not. But even knowing that isn’t enough. Teachers need to have a clear grasp of what the objectives are for the lesson -- what it is that you want your students to be able to do after the lesson.

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Kids Leading Worship

For three weeks the Sunday School kids have been learning a song from Cambodia called “Now I Know.”  The text is a great reminder that we are children of God.

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Family Devotions

This issue of Nurture addresses questions such as “How do help our kids listen to God’s word?” and “When is a good time to have devotions?” There's also a section with prayer ideas for preschoolers, elementary school agers, and teens.

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Can you recommend any good resources for an Easter program for kids primarily in grades 3-6?

I'm looking into having a Sunday School Easter program instead of a Christmas program this year. (There are so many other special activities that occur during the Advent and Christmas season for kids to participate in.) Has anyone else done an Easter program? Can you recommend any good resources for a play for kids primarily in grades 3-6, but possibly including younger and older kids as well?
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Curriculum Matters

I often find myself in conversation with other church ministry staff and the topic of curriculum often comes up. We talk about ease of use, how well the activities work, and how the materials help us connect to parents but it is surprising how often the theology of the curriculum does not come up. Theology matters — even to 5-year-olds.

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3 Keys to Keeping Kids on Track

Imagine a room full of wide-eyed kids, amazed by the stories of Scripture; activity, variety, and discovery choreographed seamlessly into a lesson that captures the imagination and inspires! Consider these ideas for keeping your kids engaged and focused right from the start.

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