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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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Reaching by Teachinga free back-to-school devotion

Editor’s note: This devotion is part of CTA’s customer-favorite theme celebrating Christian teachers and educators—Reaching by Teaching. As the new school year begins, we encourage you to use this devotion and the value-priced gifts from Reaching by Teaching to uplift teachers as they prepare to guide students at every stage of life and Christian growth….

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It’s Your Birthday, Let’s Celebrate!

Happy birthday! It’s time for a party! All-new from CTA—a Christian birthday book for teachers to give to children on their special day. The book, It’s Your Birthday, Let’s Celebrate!, is perfect for kids between the ages of three and eight. It uses joyful words and colorful illustrations to recognize the child’s special day and their special part…

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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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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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10 Kid-Friendly Mission Trips

Have you ever dreamed of going to faraway places to help the hurting and the homeless? Although a mission trip might sound exciting to you, it might also feel impossible—especially if you want to involve children. Rest assured that there are opportunities to help others and share God’s love right where you live. And, kids…

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Top 10 VBS Snacks

Kids love snacks—there’s no doubt about it! Have you planned your VBS snacks yet? It might help to delegate this task to a volunteer or group of teens (with an adult helper). Remember to be mindful of your program’s resources and constraints. Think about your budget, the age of the children, the availability of refrigerator…

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