Tagged: kids ministry


Planning a Send-Off for College Freshmen

In the coming weeks, soon-to-be college freshmen will be leaving the comfort and familiarity of your church to transition into an entirely new environment at college. They’ll be living on their own, making new friends, and—hopefully—doing their own laundry. This transition brings up mixed emotions for students—excitement, pride, anxiety, fear, and sadness, just to name…

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Must-Haves for a Sunday School Welcome Bag

It’s that time of year. . . Sunday school kickoff is right around the corner! Start the year by handing each child a fun (and informative) Sunday school welcome bag. Make sure that each bag provides basic information about your church and Sunday school program. Don’t simply assume that families know this information! Include a…

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Parent-Teacher CommunicationThere’s an App for That!

Nearly all teachers use technology in the classroom—computers, tablets, smart boards—you name it. But did you know that technology can be helpful even beyond the classroom? According to numerous studies, teacher-family communication is absolutely essentially to the student’s learning process. And technology can help improve this type of communication! Today, we’re talking specifically about an…

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Under Constructiona free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: This children’s ministry devotion accompanies CTA’s Under Construction theme. With an emphasis on Colossians 2:7, the theme is especially designed for kids ages 7-11. CTA even offers a free event guide to help you utilize the theme and accompanying resources for a summer community event or summer Sunday school classes! Gather these three items…

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A Summer of ServiceFamily Edition

Countless ministries sponsor summer mission trips abroad, but for many families with children, embarking on one of these trips is simply not possible. Even though they can’t travel, these families can still participate in a summer of service. Here are some family-friendly ideas to promote in your church: Families with children in elementary school Kids as…

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Kids’ Ministry5 Year-End Finishing Touches

Once the school year is over, you may be just as tempted as the children to make a quick break for the door! Yes, you have certainly earned some vacation time, but before you enter summer-mode be sure you have put the finishing touches on 2014-15. Evaluate:  Ask yourself, your staff, and your ministry’s volunteers…

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Jesus, My Savior and Frienda free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: This children’s ministry devotion accompanies CTA’s new kids’ theme—Jesus, My Savior and Friend. The theme takes on a comic book design and teaches children about the best superhero there ever was—Jesus! The easy-to-use resources in this theme could be implemented for VBS, summer Sunday school, fifth Sundays, mid-week services, and community-wide events. And,…

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Kids’ Ministry from KidzMatter

Today, we’d like to introduce you to a great resource for children’s ministry: KidzMatter. The authors on this site consistently post Gospel-centered content that provides the tools and the know-how you need to reach kids and families. The site recently posted an article regarding the overwhelming busy-ness of working in kids’ ministry. How do you…

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If You Build It, They Will Come

Congratulations—you have a stellar VBS program planned for this summer! But what if nobody comes? Many children’s ministries dedicate hours to planning lessons, snacks, games, and crafts for vacation Bible school. Even so, recruitment is often left off the list of VBS to-dos. It’s not too late to make sure your VBS program is filled…

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