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Is Your Ministry a Starbuck’s?

Editor’s note: This blog first appeared on this site in September of 2009. We thought the ideas were worth repeating. As you think about rebooting the ministries in your church next month, how will you intentionally care for the individuals whom you serve in Jesus’ name? CTA offers a number of tools to help you…

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Molly Pitcher–a free patriotic children’s devotion

On July 4, 1776, the colonists living in this land declared their independence, their freedom from Great Britain. But just writing the Declaration of Independence and signing it was not enough. Only after a long, bloody war were the colonists truly free. One of the people who fought in that war was Mary McCauly. Women…

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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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A Brief Devotion for Tonight’s Church Meeting

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion was written many decades ago by a faithful pastor, Walter E. Schuette, who has since gone to be with the Lord. As he basks in the Savior’s presence, Pastor Schuette realizes more fully the truth of the words he wrote while he lived here on earth. His witness speaks…

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The Name that Means Love–a free kids’ devotion for Valentine’s Day

Beforehand, cut a large heart and a large cross from construction paper. For each child, prepare a small “kit” containing a red construction paper heart and several Valentine candy conversation hearts. Hold up the large construction paper heart and say:  What celebration comes to mind when you see this? Valentine’s Day is a fun day…

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Bring Me Word!–a free Valentine’s devotion for church staff & volunteers

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love; for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.  (Psalm 143:8) Try as we might, we can’t ignore Valentine’s Day. From the mall to the restaurant to the florist to the…

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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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Mission Trips: Honduras, Romania and all over the World

Every summer, from age 5 to 14, I attended a week of Vacation Bible School (VBS) at my church. Each morning, my friend’s mom would load us up in her van and carry us off for a day filled with Bible stories, games, singing, and crafts, all focused on a kid-friendly theme. At the end…

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Joy to the World–a free devotion for children’s ministry

In a shoebox, place a small cross and the baby Jesus figure from a Christmas crèche set. Tape cellophane (plastic wrap) over the top of the box, then close the lid. Use a marker to draw a large question mark on the lid. You will also need a white board or poster paper and markers….

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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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