For church teachers and volunteers, understanding children's development helps teaching and programming. Each age level has unique traits, gifts, and challenges.
One church revisions VBS into community outings where parents can meet one another and bring crafts and faith formation home.
Teacher training - structure and tools for your volunteers - will set the stage for the care and nurture of the children and all people in your church. Together, your ministry will bear fruit for years to come.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Making pretzels provides a welcome activity during Lent, while teaching about prayer, fasting, scripture and baking! Easy recipe included.
A variety of books on death and grief for all audiences from children and teens to adults, for those helping others cope with grief and for those grieving themselves.
Scripture-based Christmas pageants allow children to embody the nativity story, assimilating and owning Scripture in ever deepening ways.
A new DVD for elementary-age students that teaches children an overall concept of Christian prayer in a fun and engaging way.
Writing collects, prayers to gather and focus worshipers, can be tailored to various ages and is an excellent activity for distilling a mission.
Classes for 2nd graders who have already been receiving the bread and wine deepen understanding of the practice of Communion through conversation and up close witnessing of the priest's actions at the altar. A Eucharist Service honors those who have learned more about their faith through Communion.
Blessing children is a reminder of what we already know: God is present, children are loved. Parents speaking this truth with a sign is a true blessing.
Guiding children through Jesus' last days is a special privilege. These Holy Week worship services, tips, and talking points are invaluable.
Interactive and age appropriate worship ideas to help children understand and experience Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.
Five Christian publishing houses offer their latest Lenten resources for children and families.
Those scripture stories which challenge us give us the opportunity to ask how our God of Love is speaking to us today.
Jesse Tree readings and ornaments become the basis for Old Testament Sunday school and an Advent skit.
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.