Posts By Alison Zeller

Mission Trips: Honduras, Romania and all over the World

Every summer, from age 5 to 14, I attended a week of Vacation Bible School (VBS) at my church. Each morning, my friend’s mom would load us up in her van and carry us off for a day filled with Bible stories, games, singing, and crafts, all focused on a kid-friendly theme. At the end…

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Christ the Savior Is Born–A Message for All Ages

Calling all kids, parents and grandparents – It’s time for a special message! Christ the Savior is born! The message is the same for all people and all ages. How will you share it this Christmas season? Christine Suarez of St. Anne Catholic Parish in Union City, California, works with middle school children. Last year,…

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Happy Birthday, Jesus! Party

Counting down to Christmas is exciting, especially for young children. They look 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…

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Reach Out to Those Who Grieve this Christmas

Christmas is all about candy canes and sugar cookies for some. But for families who have lost loved ones in death, Christmas can be a time of deep grief. For those who have lost a child—to miscarriage or disease or an accident, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many shun the holidays in…

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Backpack Blessing for Back-to-School: Here’s How!

Editor’s note: This article is adapted slightly from the version appearing in CTA’s August “Grab N’ Go” newsletter. Each issue includes tips, hints, and articles written for church professionals and volunteers. Interested in subscribing? Go to CTA’s website, scroll down to find the E-mail subscription link in the left-hand column, and sign up. It’s free!  It…

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