Posts By Alison Zeller

01-23-18_Blog

Let’s Have a Snow Day!

As the weeks of winter start to add up, are the kids in your ministry getting antsy? They’re probably spending the large majority of their time inside these days and it’s probably getting old, really quickly. Your staff members and volunteers might have cabin fever, too. Now is the perfect time to bust out of…

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Seeing the Extraordinary among the Ordinary

Do you ever look back at your life and think, “Where did the time go?!” Life seems to be flying by and it’s easy to get caught up in a routine. Drop the kids off; go to work; go home; go to bed. Even the more notable days like holidays, birthdays, and vacations blend into…

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Counting down to Christmas is exciting, especially for children. They’re looking forward to playing in the snow, putting up the Christmas tree, and, of course, opening the presents. With all of that excitement, how can they sit still and learn during those last few school days before Christmas vacation? The good news is they don’t…

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Is Your Church the Best Place to Work?

We’ve all seen the lists. Every year, Fortune, Glassdoor, Indeed, and others put out lists that rank the top places to work in the United States. Huge names like Facebook, Google, and Amazon usually dominate. They offer perks like free meals and extra vacation time. And, the lists never forget to mention the lofty salaries…

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Church-Wide Service ProjectsJust in time for Thanksgiving

Are you looking to get your church in the Thanksgiving mood? Are you searching for a way to encourage both children and adults in Christian service? Do you need ideas for church-wide fellowship? Be “thankful” for this acrostic! Here’s a list of eight ways to get worshippers of all ages involved in serving our heavenly…

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Ornaments of Faith®– The Tradition Continues

CTA introduced the first Ornaments of Faith® in 1999 and customers immediately fell in love. Since then, the ornaments’ themes have changed from year to year, but the beautiful artwork, high-quality pewter-finished construction, and Christian meaning always remain. This year, CTA is adding three new Ornaments of Faith®: Glory to the Newborn King–an angel-shaped ornament…

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3 Signs the Loneliness Epidemic Is Invading Your Church

God said it from the very beginning: “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18 ESV). But, like with many other things in our fallen world, God’s Word has been forgotten. Loneliness prevails—so much so that many social experts are now calling it an epidemic. Mother Theresa called loneliness the leprosy…

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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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The Missing Piece in Children’s Ministry

Kathy O’Brien is a teacher—a teacher overflowing with passion for kids’ ministry. Being a Christian educator had been Kathy’s dream since she was seven years old. She actually wrote an essay about it as a young student, but her teacher was less than thrilled. “The teacher gave me an F and wrote across the top:…

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