Tagged: children’s ministry

Countdown to Christmas–A New Approach to Advent Calendars for Kids

Ad agencies look for ways to make their clients’ messages “sticky.” What will you do to get the Christmas message of love, joy, peace, and hope to stick in your kids’ hearts and minds for a lifetime? Here’s a new approach you may want to consider.  The Count Down to Christmas Activity Kit is a new take on…

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Called to Follow — A free devotion for those who serve God’s people

“Follow Me.” Two words, just eight letters, make a very short sentence. But those two words have changed countless lives. Jesus spoke these words as he stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and called the brothers Simon (Peter) and Andrew to be his disciples (Mark 1:17). He spoke them to Matthew, sitting…

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CTA’s SHARE—Named a Top Children’s Ministry Blog!

Lots of CTA customers come to us for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts. Many love CTA’s Ornaments of Faith® at Christmastime. But in recent years, CTA has begun to provide more and more products for children’s ministry, too–both seasonal and year-round. Our goal at CTA is to partner with you in your children’s ministries….

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Count It All Joy–a free devotion

Editor’s note: Like last week, this week’s free devotion is drawn from CTA’s new line of teacher appreciation products, Teaching. One of those products, a compact calculator, comes with an accordion-fold booklet that includes thought-starters based on the various kinds of calculations teachers of the Word often make. Use the thoughts and questions below to kick…

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Count It All Loss–a free devotion

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion is drawn from CTA’s new line of teacher appreciation products, Teaching. One of those products, a compact calculator, comes with an accordion-fold booklet that includes thought-starters based on the various kinds of calculations teachers of the Word often make. Use the thoughts and questions below to kick off this week’s staff meeting….

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Keep Volunteers Coming Back

If you lead church volunteers, you probably think hard about how to keep good volunteers. After all, it’s a lot of work to recruit replacements—not to mention starting all over again with training! Sometimes we believe we have no control over attrition. After all, you can’t control the schedule of every volunteer. But in reality,…

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Light the Night–New, Free Halloween Alternative Event Guide

Are you looking for help in planning this year’s fall festival? Do you need games, crafts, activities, and snack ideas? Or even a new theme to spur the thinking of your event planning team? Then consider CTA’s new fall festival theme: Light the Night with Jesus! And check out the new event planning guide that accompanies…

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The Lord Added to Their Number–a free devotion to encourage your volunteers

 If he is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously. Romans 12:8 As Paul encouraged the believers in Rome to exercise and express their various gifts in the church, he also urged generosity. The apostle, inspired by the Holy Spirit, envisioned vibrant church families in which each person would freely contribute the gifts…

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Recruiting Volunteers — Part 2

Editor’s note: This blog is the second in a two-part series, focusing on a key topic in churches—especially this time of year. In part one, the author focused on the recruiter’s attitude, the wisdom of honing in on people’s strengths and interests, and a way to expand your circle of invitees beyond members you may personally know….

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Recruiting Volunteers–Part 1

Editor’s note: Here’s Part 1 in a two-part series we hope you will find helpful as summer vacations wrap up and events begin anew in your congregation. Look for Part 2 on this site next Wednesday, August 11. When you realize you’ll need to recruit some volunteers, does your heart leap for joy? Or does…

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