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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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8 Ways to Show College Students You Care

In just a few short weeks, the college students in your church will be leaving for school. Although they won’t be with you every Sunday for the next ten months, they’ll remain part of your church family. While away, they may experience both challenges and growth in their Christian beliefs. Remind them that you care—and…

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God’s Word: Directions for Your Lifea free lesson plan for kids

Before Class:  Put a Bible inside a box and wrap it like a present. Hide the box somewhere in the room, but don’t make it too easy to find. As part of this lesson, you will choose three students to help you. You can choose them randomly, but you may find it beneficial to decide…

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From 0 to 99Bridging the Generational Divide

How many generations of worshippers do you see in your church on Sunday morning? You may not realize it, but most ministries serve individuals from six different generations. Think about it: The GI Generation, the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. Each generation of worshippers comes to church with its own…

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9 Ways to Practice Prayer in the Classroom

God has given us an amazing privilege—he invites us to speak to him at any time about anything! He assures us that, because of Jesus, he will listen to us and he understands our needs. (See Hebrews 4:14-16.) As teachers, we get to share the incredible blessing of prayer with our students. If the prayer…

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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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Together in Service

A unique mission team stood at the front of church as the pastor prayed for God’s blessings to be upon the upcoming mission experience. The youngest member of the team was 10 years old and the oldest was 65. There were two families with elementary school children, a few young nurses, a retired couple, and…

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