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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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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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Attitudes of the Hearta free Thanksgiving devotion for this week’s meetings

One night on his way home the great Bible commentator Matthew Henry was robbed. After this unfortunate incident, he recorded this prayer in his journal: “I thank Thee that I have never been robbed before. I thank Thee that even though they took my purse, they did not take my life. I thank Thee that though…

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A Very Special Night for a Very Special Familya free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: CTA is proud to introduce three new Ornaments of Faith® this Christmas season!  Today’s free devotion is slightly adapted from the Ministry Message that accompanies the “Immanuel” Ornament of Faith®. The pewter-finished ornament depicts the holy family: Joseph, Mary, and the Christ Child. It was specially designed as a reminder of God’s love…

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Count Your Blessingsa free Thanksgiving event for kids

Gather your church families and invite the neighborhood—it’s time for a Count Your Blessings Thanksgiving outreach event! CTA has a FREE Thanksgiving event outline ready for you in the Resource & Idea Center. It makes planning easier than ever!. The event takes a Bible-based approach to the Thanksgiving holiday and reminds children that God supplies our…

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5 Reasons to Take Care of Christmas Shopping Right Now

Have you created a plan of attack for your Christmas shopping? Yes, December 25 is two months away and that puts us in the sweet spot—there’s no real rush to go shopping right now and, even though you can see it in the future, it doesn’t totally feel like you should be doing your Christmas shopping…

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