Posts By Alison Zeller


Boredom-Busting Activities for Summer

In just a few weeks, we’ll close the books on another school year. The kids will finally be free! But all this elation has a short shelf life. Before long, all of those kids who were bouncing off the walls with energy will be sulking around the house, muttering those dreaded words: “I’m bored.” That’s…

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Ruth: Joy in the Journeya free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s devotion is part of CTA’s newest theme celebrating women’s ministry—Woman of God: Joy in the Journey. The thoughtful gifts based on this theme are perfect for use during women’s retreats, at Bible studies, or in church on Mother’s Day. Don’t forget—CTA also offers several free resources to expand the impact of…

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2 Quick and Easy Craft Ideas for Your Women’s Retreat

Looking for a wonderful retreat theme? Check out CTA’s latest line of women’s ministry products, Jesus is a Girl’s Best Friend. Brand new for this year, we are offering a full leader’s planning guide and participant workbooks, too. But if you need additional retreat activities or simply don’t have enough time for a full retreat,…

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Christmas is Over. Now What?

Editor’s note: It’s easy to share a “Merry Christmas” or “God Bless You” during the holiday season, but now that Christmas is over, don’t let Christian witnessing grind to a halt. This article originally appeared in CTA’s Grab & Go newsletter. We invite you to take another look and use Pastor Snow’s encouragement to guide…

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Sharing Jesus without Leaving the Subdivision

Editor’s note: This article appeared in CTA’s Grab N’ Go newsletter a few weeks ago. We didn’t want Sunday school teachers, Awana leaders, or catechists to miss the ideas, so we are reprinting it here. Let us know what you think. (And be sure to share your helpful ideas with us so we can pass…

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Sunday School: It Takes a Church Family

Editor’s note: We are reprinting this month’s Customer Comments article from CTA’s monthly Grab N’ Go newsletter just in case you missed it. As children’s ministries begin again all across the nation, we thought you might find it encouraging—and glean a helpful idea or two along the way!  Teaching Sunday school requires a few specific…

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A New Easter Devotional Journal for Youth and Young Adults

When you think of Easter, do any particular animals come to mind? Most of us envision fuzzy bunnies or yellow chicks. They are everywhere during the Easter season—on greeting cards, in the candy isle, and even as live mascots at springtime events. Have you ever considered how lambs fit into the Easter mix? This animal…

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Sharing Christ’s Love at Christmas: A children’s Christmas party focuses on selfless giving and Christian outreach

Children, even the most well-behaved ones, can be notoriously selfish sometimes. It seems like “mine” is one of the first words children learn, and that me-first mentality remains front and center throughout much of childhood. Sharing, generosity, and love aren’t hard-wired into these little ones – we have to teach them these Christian values. The…

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Happy Birthday, Jesus! (How are your party plans coming?)

Counting down to Christmas is exciting, especially for children. They’re looking forward to playing in the snow—at least, in some parts of the country. They dream about putting up the Christmas tree and about opening the presents that will appear under it. They enjoy the extra sweet treats and think about the time they will…

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