Posts By Cherie Werner

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New Year, New Parents10 ways to make teacher-parent relationships work

As a children’s ministry worker, you meet new families every year. Some parents may volunteer in your classroom and initiate conversations about their children. Other parents may prefer a more laid-back approach to school. You may “click” with some parents right away and you may have extreme differences with others. No matter the situation, for…

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Simple Games, Snacks, and Activities for Your Fall Event

When it comes to planning a Fall Festival or Halloween-alternative event for little kids, simple is best. These types of events are a wonderful opportunity to invite new people to your church and help your own members feel more involved. So, focus on the people and keep your event simple! Did you know that CTA…

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Praying for Children7 Ways to Include Every Worshipper

Take a moment and think about the members of your church. Even if you don’t have a school or childcare center, there are probably a good number of children in your church. Although many of these young members receive faith training at home or instruction through the programs at your church, there is still more…

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Being the New Kid10 Ways to Help New Students Feel Welcome

We’ve all been the new kid at some point in our lives—being in a new and unfamiliar environment is difficult! For many children, the anxiety sticks around for several days and can have a real impact on their learning. But you, as their teacher, can welcome new students with the joy of Jesus and make…

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10 Classroom Hacks to Help Teachers Stay Organized and Save Money

The race is on—school starts soon! Here’s a tough question . . . how’s your budget doing? If you’re running short on funds, but still need a few things for your classroom, check out these ten ideas. You’ll stay organized and save money! Stack heavy-duty boxes or plastic crates to make shelves. Glue cereal boxes…

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8 Ways to Show College Students You Care

In just a few short weeks, the college students in your church will be leaving for school. Although they won’t be with you every Sunday for the next ten months, they’ll remain part of your church family. While away, they may experience both challenges and growth in their Christian beliefs. Remind them that you care—and…

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You Make a Differencea free devotion for VBS volunteers

So YOU are a VBS volunteer! First of all, thank you! Your willingness to help is a great blessing to the VBS director and all of the participants this year. It is often difficult to find people who are willing, much less available to help, so thank you! Perhaps you are wondering, however, if your…

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9 Ways to Welcome Parents and Young Children in Church

Imagine wrestling with your toddler to get his shoes and socks on while simultaneously trying to change a dirty diaper and sweep up the cereal your four-year-old just spilled. All this before 9 a.m. And, you’re trying to get to church on time! Once you get to church, things are no different. You’re trying to…

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God’s Word: Directions for Your Lifea free lesson plan for kids

Before Class:  Put a Bible inside a box and wrap it like a present. Hide the box somewhere in the room, but don’t make it too easy to find. As part of this lesson, you will choose three students to help you. You can choose them randomly, but you may find it beneficial to decide…

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7 Fun Ways to End the School Year

You’ve spent months working with your students, but in just a matter of days, you’ll be sending them off for summer vacation. As you finish the year, consider doing a few special, unexpected activities. You’ll remind them of all the things they have learned throughout the year and have a little fun at the same…

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