Kids & Communion: 10 Things to Tell Them

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10 straightforward lessons to teach children about receiving communion.

How Do We Teach Children Stewardship?

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Will our children be generous? Will they give to others and to the church? Children’s stewardship starts when adults and churches model generosity.

Resource for Children’s Sermons: Feasting on the Word

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Looking for consistent and Bible-based suggestions for children’s sermons/messages? This book re-tells a children’s Bible story for each lectionary Sunday.

“The Rite Place” Brings Kids and Adults Together in Worship

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Children learn by participating fully in age-appropriate worship. Parents learn about worship with weekly, child-led instructed Eucharist, with Rite Place.

Church Offers Drive-thru Prayers on September 11th

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Church offers prayer to-go for morning commuters on the anniversary of 9/11.

Bible Challenge: A Tool for Churches to Read the Bible in a Year

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Read, study, and reflect on the Bible in a one-year program from Forward Movement. One congregation’s experience doing the Bible Challenge.

3 Takeaways from Seeing the Pope in D.C.

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On Wednesday I stood with thousands at Catholic University to see Pope Francis and hear him say Mass. My thoughts on Francis, a “true celebrity.”

Feral Church Children: Kids Need Time to “Just Be” at Church


“I love that young people are in church, not for a specified purpose, but just to “be.” Just to hang out. Just to be bored. Just to poke around… They form relationships, they form their own community.”     Unstructured Time As the Director of Children’s Ministry, I take great pride in our well-structured church programming. […]

Sunday School Rotation Model: How it Works

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The Rotation Model is an exciting Sunday School option that uses art, music, cooking, to teach Bible stories. Fin out how it works: benefits and challenges.

Church Art Projects for Faith Formation

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Art as formation offers opportunities to be creative, as a reflection of the Creator, as well as to integrate art into the worship of the whole community.

St. Francis of Assisi: 7 Books From Paraclete Press

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St. Francis of Assisi was far more than a lover of animals. 7 books will introduce you to the bold and inspirational figure. Includes children’s suggestion.

What I Did at Theological Debate Camp


SUMMA is a summer camp that deepens campers’ understanding of faith through theological debate, while building community, and offering plenty of fun.

Why Your Youth Group Needs an Adult Sponsor Team

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A healthy adult sponsor team for your youth group will help your youth develop stronger faith. Here are tips for recruiting a strong team of adult sponsors.

The Children’s Sermon: 5 Do’s and Don’ts

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Craft your children’s message to build disciples and reach a younger faith, rather than squander the moment on empty cuteness and silliness.

Build a Creation Trail to Connect your Church or School with Nature

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A creation trail can be built in any community. Create markers to draw attention to the beauty of nature and God’s creation.

Spark Family Magazine Connects Church, Faith & Family

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Looking for a way to connect your church families with their faith story when they are not in church? Spark Family Magazine is specifically for home use.

Make a Faith Chest

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A faith chest allows us to look back, as often as we need, at the parts of our spiritual lives. This home practice offers tips and advice and links.

Driving Your Youth: A Planning Tool

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Offering transportation allows all children to attend acolyte or choir festivals, day-long service and educational opportunities. Furthermore, traveling together allows youth to bond with one another in life-changing ways. Arriving at your destination safely should be a planning priority.

How to Get the Most from your Church Facebook Page: 10 Tips

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Does your church have a Facebook page? Does your church know how to use it? Here are 10 tips for reaching people and sharing your message through Facebook.

Crowdfunding: How Churches Go Online to Fund Projects

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hurches have always raised money for projects, building relationships in mission. Online platforms for crowdfunding make this process easy and exciting.