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5 Kid-Approved Games for Your Fall Festival

You’ve already planned the invitations, the food, and the decorations for your fall festival. What’s missing? The games, of course! Putting up a variety of fun, family-friendly games makes all the difference in a fall event. Without games, kids get bored and parents want to leave. But with games, everyone has fun! After a successful…

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G.L.O.W. (God Lights Our Way)a free Fall Festival devotion

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is the perfect addition to your Fall Festival, Halloween Alternative event, or harvest party. It comes from the G.L.O.W. (God Lights Our Way) theme—new from CTA this year. Read the devotion and then check out all the products and FREE resources in the theme! Before you begin, find and print a…

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Well Donea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Well done! It’s a phrase you should scream from the rooftops as often as you can in honor of your staff and volunteers. Even if you can’t thank your church’s Christian servants quite that enthusiastically, you can still show them your appreciation. Use this devotion to encourage those who serve and prepare them…

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Fewer Long-Term Volunteers?Positive Responses to a Challenging Trend

One year, my church was having difficulty recruiting Sunday school teachers. As a potential solution, we asked people for a commitment of only three months rather than a year. But one potential volunteer responded, “I don’t know. Three months is an awfully long commitment.” We’ve all seen it. It’s harder and harder to find volunteers…

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10 Classroom Hacks to Help Teachers Stay Organized and Save Money

The race is on—school starts soon! Here’s a tough question . . . how’s your budget doing? If you’re running short on funds, but still need a few things for your classroom, check out these ten ideas. You’ll stay organized and save money! Stack heavy-duty boxes or plastic crates to make shelves. Glue cereal boxes…

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A Difficult Daya free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from CTA’s staff and volunteer appreciation book With Heartfelt Thanks. With 64 pages of devotions, inspirational stories, and Bible-based encouragement, this book aims to honor each person who contributes to God’s ministry. We encourage you to share it and other With Heartfelt Thanks appreciation gifts with your teachers, coaches, office…

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Celebrate Grandparents DaySunday, September 10

Memaw and Papa. Nanna and Poppie. Gamgam and Pawpaw. What other names do you know for grandmas and grandpas? No matter what you call them, grandparents play an important role in the lives of children. Their faith legacy can inspire and encourage faith in even the littlest kiddos! In many churches, it’s common to see…

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Shine Bright, Little Lighta free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from one of CTA’s latest Fall Festival themes, Shine Bright, Little Light. You can find this and several all-new Fall Festival and Halloween Alternative themes at www.CTAinc.com. Start your planning today! Before you begin, gather multiple sources of light—a desk lamp, a flashlight, a battery-powered lantern, an unlit candle, a…

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Celebrate the Past, Embrace the Futurea free devotion for students

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from the Ministry Message that accompanies CTA’s newest graduation theme, Celebrate the Past, Embrace the Future. If you have students heading off to face new opportunities this fall, use this devotion to remind them that their Savior has many good things in mind for their future—no matter where…

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Are Outsiders Okay?Ask Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled “Ask Karen.” CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: Our church is hosting a big thank-you event…

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