Advent is a wonderful time to encourage a child’s faith and understanding of God. Here are three simple ways to slow down and reengage your family with the true purpose of Advent.
Mimi Larson is the CRC's Children's Ministry Catalyzer with Faith Formation Ministries. One of Mimi’s greatest joys is being with people, learning with them, and encouraging them on their ministry journey. For over 20 years, Mimi served in local church ministry in both small and large churches and has written curriculum for Faith Alive Christian Resources, Big Idea/Veggie Tales, and the 50-Day Spiritual Adventure. Mimi, her husband Keith, and their very spoiled but sweet rescued pit bull Millie, live in the Chicagoland area.
If you have questions or challenges about faith formation in children, choosing curriculum, equipping volunteers, and more, contact Mimi at [email protected].
I never met my great-uncle. But his diary has been a gift to me on my faith journey. It has done what Reese said family stories would—it inspires me.
Looking for a simple way to engage children in worship? Encourage children to lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People utilizing symbols.
Children are a gift to be treasured. What does it mean to view the children in our church as “neighbors” and how can this impact our interactions with them?
If you’re a children’s ministry leader looking for new ideas for your ministry, check out Faith Formation's Children’s Ministry Newsletter. This month's edition focuses on the power of story.
If you’re engaged in ministry with children, here is a newsletter for you.
If you’re engaged in ministry with children, here are five great ways to start the coming year off well.
When a child is grieving, we often do not know what to say or do. The best rule of thumb is to spend time with children and see how the grief is impacting them.
In the midst of trauma and grief, how do we point children to the comfort of God’s love and care for them?
Thanks for sharing this Caryn. I think your feelings of being overwhelmed and mourning are part of what I call the "Covid grieving process." Thanks for the reminder that God knows exactly where...posted on: Turning Children's Ministry Upside Down
So glad! It has been such a rich experience for us.posted on: I Wonder If God Is Here
Glad this helps. Let me know if you need anything else.
Here are a couple of resources for children:
We Wonder is a contemplative bible storytelling podcast for children. They will have a scripture episode every Wednesday in Lent and a prayer...posted on: Lent Resources? Share Them Here
I used to do a book or resource of the month that was highlighted in a variety of ways (newsletters, bulletins, out on the information book, etc.). You can also highlight it on a parent's...
It is some pig.posted on: Can I Share a Story?
What a gift for your descendants. May they see a gracious and loving God at work in your life.posted on: Can I Share a Story?
Great suggestion! Your idea about discussing prayer focus and helping them construct a prayer in their own words will help teach children what prayer (and worship) is about and deepen their...posted on: And a Child Shall Lead Them. . . in Prayer
Melanie, I am the Children's Ministry Catalyzer for Faith Formation Ministries and have 25 years of running children's ministries within a local church. I get the challenges you are facing. I am...posted on: How Is Your Church's Nursery Structured?