Topic: Youth

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The Very Best ValentineA Christian Valentine’s Day lesson plan

Editor’s note: If you’re looking for a Christian lesson plan to use on Valentine’s Day, today’s post is for you! For more FREE resources to use in celebrating Valentine’s Day, look to CTA’s Resource & Idea Center.  Ask the students: Why is Valentine’s Day so much fun? Why do you like it? Do you think…

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7 Ideas to Beat the Winter Blues in Sunday School

We all kept up a frantic pace in December, but now that January has come, you might feel the weeks starting to drag. The kids feel it, too—they’re leaving vacation behind and settling into another six months of school. Don’t let the winter blues hit your Sunday school! Keep reading for seven ways to energize…

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The Children’s Christmas Service7 Ways to Make this Year Special

It’s a beloved tradition in many churches—the children’s Christmas service. You do it every year and everyone genuinely looks forward to it. It is always a wonderful event, but are you looking for ways to make this year’s program just a little bit different, a little bit more special? Here’s how: Send out invitations. The…

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God’s Bright, Bright Promisesa free Advent devotion for kids

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from the FREE packet of devotions included with CTA’s Starry Starry Night Countdown to Christmas mobile. Look for more kid-friendly Christmas resources at www.ctainc.com! Have you ever been outside on a dark, dark night—a night without a moon? Maybe you were camping with your family. Maybe you were walking…

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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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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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I Spy!a free Thanksgiving devotion for children

Before the children arrive, create a pair of “Blessings Binoculars.” Cut white paper to size and wrap it around a pair of binoculars, using colorful markers to add the words, “Blessings Binoculars.” Or tape together two cardboard tubes, labeling the homemade binoculars as described above.  You will also need a Count Your Blessings activity bookmark…

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Light Up Christmas with Snap-and-Glow Sticks

You may have seen kids “glowing” while they were trick-or-treating this Halloween and, we’re happy to report, kids can carry that fun right on into the Christmas season! CTA has glow sticks to help your kids’ ministry program light up the world with Jesus’ love! Each four-inch glow stick features the Bible verse John 8:12 (KJV): Jesus said, “I…

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8 Ways for Families to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Editor’s note: We encourage you to make copies of this blog to send home with all of the families in your ministry. With the hectic schedules of today’s families, traditions and designated “family time” are more important than ever! God’s richest blessings as you support families of all shapes and sizes this holiday season! Maybe…

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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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