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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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Fear Not: God’s Love Shines Brighta free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from a classic Fall Festival theme. Even though CTA doesn’t offer this theme anymore, there will soon be several all-new Fall Festival and Halloween Alternative themes at www.CTAinc.com. Start your planning today! Before you begin, you will need a large paper grocery bag. Tape a sign on one side of…

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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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FREE Resources for Fall Festivals

Have you started planning your church’s fall festival or Halloween Alternative event? Now is the perfect time to start and CTA has FREE resources to help you along the way! Event outlines that include suggestions for Bible time, decorations, games, crafts, and snacks Coloring pages that can double as placemats Flyers to help advertise your…

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10 Kids’ Ministry Websites You Didn’t Know Existed

Kids’ ministry leaders usually have a list of go-to websites and blogs. If you need inspiration or are looking for a children’s sermon, you probably head straight for your favorites. But it’s time to think outside the box. These hidden gems of children’s ministry are worth a look! In no particular order, here are 10…

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The Missing Piece in Children’s Ministry

Kathy O’Brien is a teacher—a teacher overflowing with passion for kids’ ministry. Being a Christian educator had been Kathy’s dream since she was seven years old. She actually wrote an essay about it as a young student, but her teacher was less than thrilled. “The teacher gave me an F and wrote across the top:…

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Mountain Adventuresa free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: This children’s Ministry Message accompanies CTA’s Mountain Adventures theme. Based on the image of God as our rock presented in Isaiah 26:4, this theme brings together the excitement of mountain climbing and the meaning of our loving relationship with Jesus. If you’re planning a summer community event, summer Sunday school classes, or vacation…

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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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Jesus Is . . .a free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: Today’s children’s devotion is slightly adapted from the Ministry Message that accompanies CTA’s new theme, Jesus Is . . . The theme includes gifts and resources for kids of all ages. Look for the activity book, craft, drawstring backpack, and more. Plus, check out the additional FREE resources like coloring pages, a postcard…

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