Elementary + Preteen Bible Activity: Hope for the Future – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

During the month of January, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” with children. Kids will create a classroom mural portraying their hope for the future. You’ll need: a roll of butcher paper, markers, and a Bible. Elementary + Preteen Bible Activity: Hope for the Future Talk with kids about the main points of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. If you have time, we highly recommend having children watch Dr. King Jr.’s entire…

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14 Playful Ways to Reinforce Sunday School Lessons – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Use these 14 playful ideas to reinforce your lessons about the Word of God. It’s been a long week, and Saturday night has you scrambling through your lesson plan. Quickly skimming through the lesson, you frown. Hmm… not a particularly interesting one this week. How could you pep it up a bit? How about words? Big words, wacky words, foreign words, cheering words, staccato words? Use all kinds of words to drive home the big idea of your lesson. Let’s…

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Over 100 Christmas Ideas for Children’s Ministry During the Holidays – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

God gave Jesus at Christmas because of love! And because we love you, here are over 100 Christmas ideas for children’s ministry! Enjoy! 9 Children’s Message Ideas for Christmas 3 Christmas Prayers Throughout this season, help your kids discover the power of talking to God. Christmas Candy Cane Story Use this children’s message in big church or your Sunday school class at Christmastime. Christmas Quiet Help kids focus on the real meaning of Christmas. Does God Give Us Presents? Use this children’s message to…

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3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid. Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life. Of course you now know that middle school drama, like everything else, won’t matter in a few short years.…

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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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Group Game for All Ages: Harvest Relay – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Harvest Relay, a group game that’s perfect for all ages, will teach kids about the importance of sticking with God’s harvest, even when it gets challenging. You’ll Need: a large tub, water, cranberries, apples plastic spoons, two identical containers, and a scale. Group Game for All Ages: Harvest Relay At one end of the room, fill a large tub with cold water, cranberries, and a few apples. At the other end of the room, form teams of four or five.…

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13 Ways to Build Friendships with the Children You Teach – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Don’t miss these 13 practical, healthy ways to build friendships with the kids you teach in your children’s ministry. Each week, we face rooms with children excited and ready to learn about Jesus. Sometimes our kids know each other, go to school together, and have intact friendships. Or they may represent a blend of different ages, schools, and backgrounds with no existing friendships. As their teacher, one of the most important things we can do for kids is to guide them in building friendships with…

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