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Prayer Weaving | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Here’s a creative way to keep up with prayer topics or prayer requests. This can be made as a personal prayer weaving or as a Sunday School class prayer board.  Supplies:     Corrugated cardboard  Scissors  Yarn or twine  Ruler and pen  Colorful strips of paper  Instructions: Take a piece of cardboard and mark every ½ inch on two opposite sides (across from each other). Use scissors to cut a small incision on each mark.  Tape the twine onto the back of the cardboard and…

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Watercolor Flowers | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies:     Watercolors and brush  Water  White construction paper  Black marker  Instructions: Paint a very loose design of flowers, stems and leaves on a white sheet of paper (see the second paper below). Be sure to be messy and watery so some things bleed together. You can blot the paper after it sits for a bit if you wish to speed up the drying process. After the picture is dry, go back with a marker and loosely add details to your flower picture.  In 31…

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Mother’s Day Fork Flowers | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Mother’s Day is almost here!  What do you think of when you think of Mother’s Day?  Flowers!  Here’s an art project for preschoolers.  Supplies:     White construction paper or cardstock  Plastic forks  Tempera or acrylic paint (paper plates to pour paint on)  Markers  Prepare: Use markers to draw leaves and stems on the paper. Pour out pools of paint on paper plates.  Instructions: Show the preschoolers how to place their fork in the paint and then rock the fork on the paper…

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Quarantine Blues – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It might just be me, but I doubt it. I’ve had some low days. Days where I found it hard to get out of the chair and out of the pity party. We are all so tired of this quarantine thing. I am even struggling with which day of the week it is. Our weather is warm, then cold (even snow) and that doesn’t help. I’m ready to work in the yard and plant flowers and a garden, but this waiting is tough. Do you…

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Celebrating Easter | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Hey friends! Here is another email that I’ve sent to the parents in our ministry. It is filled with ideas parents can use this week as they celebrate Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. I just wanted to share it with you in case you might find some things that will work in your ministry too. I hope this is a meaningful week of reflection and rejoicing as we move toward Easter Sunday. Your friend, Mr. Mark Dear Parents— With Easter arriving…

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Kids Ministry with No Kids! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This is such a strange time we are living in right now.  I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.  I don’t mind working from home, but I miss seeing my teacher friends and all the children. We have had online services for three weeks now and next week we will miss waving palm branches in the worship services, as well as Easter. It is very strange. I’m sure you are coming up with ways to stay connected to your…

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T-Shirt Bag | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies: Prepare: Fold the t-shirt in half.  Cut away the sleeves and the neckband.  Cut strips along the bottom of the shirt about 3 inches long and 3/4 -inch wide. Tie each of the front strips to a back strip with a double knot. Want to be a star teacher with little effort?  Here is the secret weapon every preschool teacher need! In Learning Centers Beyond Compare you will find over 200 center ideas and activities preschoolers will love. Ideas for puzzles,…

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Turkey Napkin Ring | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118 :24 Supplies: Construction Paper (brown, red, green, yellow, orange, purple) Small wiggle eyes Colorful napkins Quick Dry craft glue Prepare It: Cut brown construction paper into 1”x 7” and .75” x 5” strips. Cut orange, green, yellow, red and purple construction paper into 1/2” x 3” strips. Make It: Use glue to create circles with brown strips. Attach the smaller circle to…

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Turkey Tail Pictionary | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Give thanks in everything.   1 Thessalonians 5:18 Supplies: Paper cup (white or brown) Wiggle eyes Orange and red construction paper Jumbo craft sticks Markers Scissors Quick dry craft glue   Make It: Use marker to color cup brown. Cut a beak and waddle out of construction paper. Attach the beak, wiggle eyes and waddle to the cup with the glue. Use markers to color and decorate ONE side of the jumbo craft sticks. On the “uncolored” side of each craft…

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Interview with Jana Magruder and “Nothing Less” – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

        Hey Friends— I recently enjoyed hearing Jana Magruder, Director of LifeWay Kids Ministry, speak about her newest book, “Nothing Less.” LifeWay Research has gone to great lengths to survey and research spiritual health in young adults. We see so many of our kids pass through our ministry, and also through student ministry, then off to college, but then they are not returning to church. I think you will find this internet conference very interesting. I know…

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Stars and Stripes Bunting | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.  Psalm 33:12 Supplies: Contact paper—18” X 15” Red, white, blue sparkle tissue paper Black cardstock Curling ribbon Scissors Glue stick Clear tape Prepare It: Cut black cardstock into 1/2” X 8 1/2” strips. Cut Red, white and blue tissue paper into 1” strips. Cut 2 1/2” stars out of white tissue paper. Cut a 3’ length of curling ribbon. Make It: Peel backing off of contact paper and on a flat…

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