10 Ways to Bless Homebound Members at Christmas

Christmas is coming! What an exciting time of year with all of the special services, holiday parties, and school events. There is a lot going on and it is fun to be a part of it all. But what about the widows, the elderly, and other members of your ministry who don’t get out much….

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A Dark, Dark Daya free Advent devotion for kids

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from the FREE packet of devotions included with CTA’s Starry Starry Night Countdown to Christmas mobile. Look for more kid-friendly Christmas resources at! Why are children sometimes afraid of the dark? (Accept and affirm reasonable responses—we can’t see in the dark, we don’t know what may be hiding…

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Pause and Ponder God’s PeaceA free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This text originally appeared in one of CTA’s Christmas devotional books. Although the book is no longer in print, the message of peace that God has given us through Jesus Christ remains true today and every day. Let these words calm your spirit and multiply your joy this Christmas season! Peace! The Christmas…

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5 New Gift Ideas for Volunteers

As Christmas gets closer, are you looking for a thoughtful, yet inexpensive way to thank volunteers who serve in the church office, on your church music teams, as youth leaders, or in children’s ministry? Plan to remember them this Christmas by giving them one of CTA’s Ornaments of Faith®. CTA introduced the first Ornaments of…

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Starry, Starry Nighta free Christmas devotion for kids

Editor’s note: Today’s children’s devotion comes from CTA’s latest Christmas theme, Starry, Starry Night. This theme features 25 FREE resources to help you expand the impact of your ministry this holiday season. All of the resources can be instantly downloaded in CTA’s Resource & Idea Center. Look for Christmas programs, Christmas music, coloring pages, and much…

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The Names of JesusA free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: As we approach December, we encourage you to take a break from the busyness of the Christmas season and reflect upon the names of Jesus. Even though the list is long, not even all of these names can capture all Jesus is and all he came to earth to do for us. His…

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Nativity scene on a blue Christams ball set against a lovely gold background with lights.

10 Christmas Party Themes for Your Church Family

Don’t let the Christmas season pass by without celebrating with your church family! Here are 10 ways to bring everybody together for fun and fellowship: Surprise homebound church members by setting up a small Christmas lights display in their yard. Pick a few Christmas crafts from Pinterest and gather at church to assemble the crafts…

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Planning for Christmas VacationPromises, Projects, & Prayers for Kids

Are you looking for a way to keep kids connected to Jesus (and save their parents a little sanity!) during Christmas vacation? Here’s a great idea: the week before Christmas, send each child home with CTA’s Promises, Projects, & Prayers for Kids. This 32-page journal helps children learn favorite Bible verses, understand how they relate…

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Counting Your Blessings Every Daya free Thanksgiving devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: We encourage you to use this Thanksgiving devotion as you celebrate with your church, your co-workers, and your family. Amidst the turkey and pumpkin pie, take time to reflect on God’s gracious provisions in your life and the wonderful opportunities we have to share our blessings with others. Introduction Lanterns swung in the…

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5 New Ways to Give Thanks in Sunday School

Puppies, sunshine, a soft bed, air conditioning . . . the list of God’s tangible blessings could go on and on. While it’s good to think about these things and write them down,  here’s a little something different to try in Sunday school this year. Challenge yourself and your students to focus on things that…

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