Children, just like adults, have times of grief that need nurture and guidance. Here are ideas and resources, including a new book "My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes."
The Gospel of Luke is filled with powerful imagery, exciting parables, and tender moments with Jesus. How to share this Bible book with children? Vicki Garvey has 5 teaching points to keep in mind for Luke.
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.
Last September I started a several-years-overdue sabbatical. Along with reading and prayer, I also enjoyed visiting other places of worship to see how people of faith worship God in different settings. Some of these church visits have been family-friendly, but others not as much. So it was that on the days when I visited a church that might not be a good fit for them, my children suggested that we do 'family church' or 'home church' instead.
Will your church be using Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John for Lent? Meeting Jesus is a six week program for small groups, teenaged and older. But what about younger children? Three ideas including a Godly Play series.
A parenting group at church flourishes with some support from church leadership and answering basic questions in its early stages.
At Home in This Life celebrates beautiful, messy, amazingly tender, unbalanced life, by imperfectly practicing one spiritual discipline at a time.
Children's Chapel nurtures spirituality, models worship, teaches scripture, plus prayer and song. How to use those precious 35 minutes? Tips, ideas, & more.
Looking for books and ideas for discussing race and diversity? The Center for the Ministry of Teaching offers a list, plus talking points and tips.
A new book inspires children to see Christ reflected in their own faces. Conversation prompts and art activity help us see Jesus around the world.
"We read psalms today because the thoughts and feelings that the People of God felt long ago are the same thoughts and feelings that we, the People of God, still…
Looking for the right children's Bible for home, church, or for a gift? We've reviewed 11 options for various ages. Strengths, weaknesses, top picks.
Churches and parents ask about children's behavior. What's appropriate? Here are age-by-age recommendations to help everyone benefit from community worship.
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.
There is no magic formula to engaging families, but these tips and resources will help you start small, consider your context, and move forward.
Developing welcome bags and strategies show that the congregation is delighted that all members of a visiting family have attended. Our pastor often says in his welcome to visitors “We’ve been expecting you” – and with these actions, we show that we have been preparing that welcome.
It is a joy to support new parents, but what to write and when? Here are 7 tips for how to write a new baby card, including special circumstances.
A new baby ministry that starts in the days after baby comes home from the hospital, with words of welcome from the congregation and reading material and nursery information, helps one church bridge birth, baptism, and nursery.
A family-friendly service walks participants through Jesus’ last days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with stories, songs and lots of movement. Older children take on roles that help us imagine ourselves in the scene.
Lectio Divina is the ancient practice of praying with Scripture in four steps: reading, meditation, prayer, contemplation. Using a children's Bible and modified questions, lectio can successfully help children listen to God speak through His Word.