What do kids do best? Talk and move! Yet what do teachers often want them to do? Be quiet and sit still. What’s wrong with this picture?
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Ready for some good news? You’re not alone—there’s a whole group of wannabe teachers in your room who are ready to share the teaching load. That would be your kids! It may not make mathematical sense, but here’s a good equation to remember: 2 teach is 2 learn 2 times!
If you’re engaged in ministry with children, here are five great ways to start the coming year off well.
While it’s important for kids to understand the arc of Scripture, it’s not always easy to communicate it to them! Faith Formation Ministries developed this short gospel summary for kids as a resource for use in Sunday or Wednesday night children’s ministry, in VBS, in preparation for communion classes, and in other settings.
In the midst of trauma and grief, how do we point children to the comfort of God’s love and care for them?
If you are looking for guidance in choosing curriculum, the Children’s Ministry Toolkit has a section completely devoted to choosing a curriculum. Included in that section are curriculum reviews to help you in the discernment process.
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.
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.
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.
GenOn Ministries is seeking 10-15 churches to pilot LIFT (their new intergenerational relationship-building curriculum) for four weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.