Tagged: school ministry

Sharing Spaces — how to make it work

As we work together in our church buildings, most of us share rooms or spaces with others. Meeting rooms are usually used by many different groups. In some settings, preschool or day care classrooms are used on Sunday mornings for Sunday school classes. Common areas are used by many people coming and going to a…

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Get Out of that Office–Go Thank a Volunteer!

Looking for a way to get out of the office this afternoon? Want a fun activity that will make your volunteers feel great? Then try this: Surprise as many volunteers as possible, dropping in on them at home or on the job site with a cool treat (lemonade or ice cream sundae). Be sure to put your thanks…

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Kids & Holy Week — Helping Them Connect

Editor’s Note: Holy Week  (April 17-24, 2011) is arguably the most significant week of the year for Christians. Deeply meaningful for adults, the events we observe can sometimes confuse or trouble young children. If you’re a children’s pastor, a Sunday school teacher, or a parent looking for a way to clarify Holy Week events and help…

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It’s Not About the Bunny!–Egg Hunts that Share the Resurrection

Sharon Zalewski and others at First Church of the Nazarene in Northville, Michigan, have one simple guideline for hosting the church’s Easter Eggstravaganza each year: “Our philosophy is to make sure that each child and adult leave our event knowing that Easter is not just about the bunny.” This simple guideline works! Sharon became manager…

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The Jelly Bean Prayer–a free devotion for children’s ministry

Introduction Jesus died on the cross on the day Christians call “Good Friday.” Then, on Resurrection Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead. He will never die again! That’s why, for Christians, Resurrection Day is one of the happiest days of the year. Getting to the Heart First, let’s talk about why we need the gift…

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Last Chance to Optimize Valentine’s Day Impact in Your Children’s Ministry!

Valentine’s Day falls on Monday in 2011. How will you use it to make a Gospel impact on every heart? CTA wants to partner with you as you plan ways to do that: If you work with kids, consider the God’s Amazing Love theme and the many amazing products you can use with youngsters—all value-priced, because…

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Belonging Together–a free devotion

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.1 Corinthians 12:12 “I think we should use a neutral color—like blue—for the new carpet in our worship area. Unless we use blue, I won’t contribute.” “Blue…

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God Chose You! — A free children’s Christmas message

Let me tell you a story about a boy named Garrett. For months and months and months, Garrett had been asking his mom and dad if he could have a dog. “Pleeeeeeeze!” Garrett said again and again. “I’ll take care of him. I’ll love him. I’ll feed him and play with him and bring him…

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J Is for Joy–a free Christmas devotion for children’s ministry

J is for Joy Have a small candy cane for each child. Print the Bible verses used in the devotion on small strips of paper and place them in a box wrapped like a Christmas present.   I have a candy cane for each one of you. Who knows what candy canes remind us of?…

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Good Tidings, Great Joy–a free devotion for children’s ministry

Have a white board, chalkboard, or poster paper and markers handy so children can write words they brainstorm during the devotion. Introduction Let’s pretend you have some really amazing news to tell your friends: You made the winning goal in soccer! You got an “A” on your spelling test! You’re going to have a new…

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