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Keep Kids Busy during Christmas Vacation4 free event outlines

Christmas vacation is a great opportunity for outreach. Many families need childcare during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. And, your church family can provide it! In fact, you can provide much more than just childcare—you can provide a fun and engaging Christmas-themed event for children of all ages. Best of all, CTA…

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Youth Ministry Lesson Plan on Giving

It’s the season of gifts, gifts, and more gifts! What does God say about giving and receiving? Let’s find out! Ask, Name a gift that you have given to someone you love. How did you feel about giving it? Have you ever given a really big gift to someone? Why did you do it? Jesus…

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Joy!a free Christmas devotion

Editor’s note: Ornaments of Faith® are back and they’re better than ever! Today’s devotion accompanies the Joy to the World ornament. You may also enjoy the brand-new Glory to the Newborn King and Rejoice ornaments.  For millennia, music has been an essential part of Christmas. Can you imagine Christmas without Christmas music?! In fact, no event…

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Timely TipsChristmas edition

Merry Christmas! We use the word merry at Christmastime—and almost never at other times of the year. It means “full of cheerfulness” or “lighthearted joy.” What a fitting word to pair with Christmas! Jesus came into the world to lift sin’s burden once and for all. His coming not only makes our hearts light, but…

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Grief During the Holidays10 Ways Your Faith Family Can Help

Most churches do an excellent job of showing love and care when a family experiences the death of a loved one. Worshippers express sympathy through food, cards and letters, thoughts and prayers, visits, and support during the funeral. All of these things happen in the first few days after a loved one has died. Then,…

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O Holy Nighta free Advent devotion

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from the Ministry Message that accompanies one of CTA’s Christmas themes, O Holy Night. This theme features a variety of meaningful Christmas gifts for volunteers, staff members, and worshippers. Check it out today! With your group, sing or listen to the Christmas carol “O Holy Night,” both stanza…

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Counting down to Christmas is exciting, especially for children. They’re looking forward to playing in the snow, putting up the Christmas tree, and, of course, opening the presents. With all of that excitement, how can they sit still and learn during those last few school days before Christmas vacation? The good news is they don’t…

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God’s Promise to Josepha free Advent devotion for families

Editor’s note: CTA has a brand-new children’s theme for Christmas, God’s Promise Came True. You can order books, ornaments, goodie bags, magnets, Advent calendars—everything you need to draw children and families closer to our Savior this Christmas season! Today’s devotion is one of four FREE devotions that accompany the Countdown to Christmas Children’s Activity. (Bring…

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Come to Bethlehem and Seea free devotion for Advent

Editor’s note: This devotion is slightly adapted from the FREE Ministry Message that accompanies one of CTA’s Christmas themes, Come to Bethlehem and See. This theme features gifts and resources for children’s and adult ministry. Check it out today! In the 1989 movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold festoons his house with 250 strands of lights—100 bulbs…

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Beyond Church Volunteering

I love the world of church volunteering—the many faithful volunteers, the infinite variety of tasks done by volunteers, the way God works through us when we volunteer, and the blessings that multiply as leaders recruit and support volunteers well. But church volunteering is just one piece of the Christian life of serving. Our Kingdom impact…

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