Topic: Youth


FREE Resources for Saving Time This Christmas

“The King was among us, the Savior was here! And it all began that night—on that starry, starry night.” Merry Christmas! CTA has done it again—those joyful words are from CTA’s original song composed to accompany the 2016 Christmas theme Starry, Starry Night. It was written especially for kids, and they’ll sound great singing it!…

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The Easiest Way to Share the Gospel

You might be surprised to learn that many church “regulars” do not know how to verbalize or share their faith. Often people who go to church every Sunday know they are saved, but they wouldn’t be able to tell you how or why. CTA’s Gospel Story by Colors resources are a great way to help…

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How to Spiritually Prepare Children for the New School Year

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10–11 ESV)  This well-known Bible verse is frequently used to inspire Christians in faith. But would you use it to reassure a…

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8 Ways to Get Students Excited about School

Both you and your students love summer, but we all know summer doesn’t last forever. Soon, you’ll be starting a new school year and the anticipation of a new class, new activities, new experiences, and a fresh start is pretty exciting. Don’t you want your students to feel that way, too? Here are eight ideas…

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25 Ways to Use Volunteers in Children’s Ministry

When you work with children as a teacher, youth group coordinator, or other kids’ ministry leader, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Along with caring for the children during class time, you have a to-do list that’s a mile long. It seems like you have one million tasks to complete each week! Could you use some…

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Fresh Out of Ideas and Nowhere to Turn?

If you’re looking for a creative bunch of people, look no further than a children’s ministry team. The people on these teams are usually overflowing with great ideas. Those of us who haven’t been blessed with such creative minds are often left to scratch our heads and wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” There…

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Encourage and Build Upa free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: These days, kids’ sports can be competitive, to say the least. As you make your way through summer games or sports camps, we invite you to use this five-minute devotion to teach children how to be gracious losers and encourage their teammates in Jesus’ name. If you’re looking for additional resources to use…

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Parents Pray with Hopea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Working with children is a calling from our heavenly Father. Whether you’re a children’s minister, a nanny, or a stay-at-home-parent, you know the patience and persistence it takes to care for children. But there is one more P—prayer! God calls us to pray for children and to seek refuge in him when our…

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Starting from Scratcha small Iowa church organizes an annual summer carnival

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa, is a busy place. Despite being a relatively small congregation (about 50 worshipers attend Sunday services), the church shows a tremendous commitment to their community and Christian missions. Our Savior’s Inreach/Outreach Team designs a float for the town’s summer parade, hands out children’s books to families with newborns…

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