As the calendar moved toward Ash Wednesday churches prepare Lenten programs. But what about the Sunday before Lent? Here's how I teach and show children the meaning of the season. Sunday school or children's chapel outline.
There is no one “perfect” way to plan youth group, but these seven tips – along with a year long calendar published well in advance – help create the consistency needed for building trust and connections to explore faith together.
When churches meet teens where they are, support and love have strong impacts. Four approached for stressed out youth, from empower to advocating.
What matters most is that your prayer is authentic, spoken from the hopes and fears of your heart. God knows you and delights in your voice.
When to teach Easter is a fundamental question for churches who see high attendance numbers on Easter Sunday but do not offer formational time on the Feast Day.
Traditionally used in early-childhood classrooms, a parachute can introduce movement and visual appeal when learning Bible stories. 8 Bible stories and their parachute movements are included.
Social media prayer are simple enough to do daily, with the goal to encourage individuals and families to pray; and to equip them with practical knowledge.
A Christmas pageant survival checklist ensures the simplest of children's pageants run more smoothly. A gift during this hectic, if joyful, time of year!
Invite community members to pray for students and teachers with a prayer station in front of your church. We used a chalkboard, with inspiring results.
Children crave time outdoors, and Christian formation activities outside help them connect to God. Here are five options, from plants to chalk to clay.
"Gracious God, Bless the visitors that come to find our cache. We pray that all who find it know your presence in our church, our community and our world." …
Tell the story of Jesus' death and resurrection with each flag-making step. Flags may be made on Palm Sunday, or earlier, and displayed Easter morning.
Have you seen graphics on social media with beautiful backgrounds overlaid with scripture or prayer? You can make them as an intergenerational activity.
Jesse Tree readings and ornaments become the basis for Old Testament Sunday school and an Advent skit.
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.