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Love Bug | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Love one another.” 1 John 4:7 Supplies Needed: Jumbo pom-poms Heart-shaped foam shapes Wiggle Eyes Chenille Stems Glue Scissors Instructions: Have fun creating a unique “love bug” using the above supplies in whatever way makes you smile! Use liquid glue to attach chenille stems to the pom pom. Use heart shapes (or any shape desired) to create the feet. In Parenting is a Choice, Mr. Mark weaves practical tips parents can follow, with humorous stories from his personal experience to…

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Feed the Snowman | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Supplies:    Clear plastic container (an empty peanut butter jar would would great!)  Wiggly eyes  One orange pompom for nose, several black or brown pom pom for mouth  Glue gun  Cotton balls   Small tongs (make sure they’re easy to bend so little fingers can use them)    Prepare: Decorate the clear plastic container with eyes, nose and mouth like a snowman, using the eyes, pompoms and glue gun.  You’re done!  Instructions: This is great to help two and three-year-olds with their fine motor skills. Show them how…

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Classroom Management, Part 4 | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Hey friends. Welcome to Mr. Mark’s Classroom. My name is Mark Jones. I am excited to share with you another great tip about classroom management today, because I’ve got several of my own teachers who are really trying to make a great classroom even better. Sometimes we all need a little encouragement with some things to do. The first tip today that I want to tell you is, boys and girls need choices. They need choices. Here’s what happened. This…

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Tips For Teaching Preteens in Your Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Preteens. Tweens. Pre-people :). What are we to do with these wonderfully baffling kids…err…young adults?! Here are a few ideas for engaging them: Tips For Teaching Preteens in Your Ministry Truth matters Yep, just like with preschoolers and elementary age, truth matters when teaching preteens. This might seem obvious, but with this age group is more important than ever because they are wrestling with real life situations. They’re caught between the land of childhood and the land of adulthood. They…

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Books of the Bible Turkey Game – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Give thanks to the LORD for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 Supplies: Large Paper Sack Two small lunch-size paper bags White Mauvalous tape Stapler Markers Scrap paper in two colors Books of the Bible cards Make It: Fold the top of the large bag down about the three inches inside the bag. Write “Stuff the Turkey” in the center of the bag. Gently fold in the top front corners of the bag toward the center of…

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How to Completely DIS-Engage Parents from Your Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The obvious goal is to engage parents in your ministry. Sometimes, however, we do just the opposite. Sometimes we push them away, require things which are unrealistic, completely disregard their own circumstances…and a lot more. All this does is harm our ministry and actually work against what we are trying to accomplish. Here are a few ways I’ve experienced and observed parents being dis-engaged from ministry: I used to believe that you couldn’t communicate enough. Wrong! In our information saturated world,…

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13 Ways To Train Volunteers in Your Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Next to “recruiting” volunteers, training is perhaps one of the most challenging elements of leading in Children’s Ministry. But our real job is to equip God’s people to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12; see this post for more). Here are a few ideas to help get you started : 13 Ways To Train Volunteers in Your Children’s Ministry 1. Annual Event This can serve as a key vision-casting and team-building event – very important pieces to training which…

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5 Essential Qualities You Want in Every Member of Your Leadership Team – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Leadership matters in your ministry. In fact, your ministry will only rise to the level that you and your leadership team can take it. Think about that statement for a moment. It has possible implications for both expanding your ministry beyond it’s current state, but also for limiting your ministry to little more than it is now. Leadership will raise your ministry, or lower it. In either case, it’s true. If you are a high capacity leader who can develop…

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Podcast: You Talk Too Much… Seriously – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, teachers will discover the value of listening to children and building relationships.  Evaluate your ministry to see if you are a good listener.  Make adjustments to be able to connect to kids, parents and other workers by taking time to listen.  See this blog post under leadership or by clicking here. How are you doing as a listening teacher? What are some ways you build in time to listen?     This post was originally shared on…

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3 Ways To Maximize Weekend Services In Your Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As a big football fan, I love Fall when the NFL finally kicks off (go Chargers!). Not only do I enjoy watching the games, but I love the excitement, anticipation and, yes, wondering how my fantasy football teams will fare. I’m always glued to FanDuel’s fantasy football news. Every weekend is filled with excitement and anticipation. Weekends are “game time” for those of us in ministry, too. It’s when most of our planning, preparation & potential all come together, not…

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The Judges- Round and Round They Go – Mission Bible Class – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Recently I taught a set of classes about the time of the Judges.  The background to this time in history is one of a repeating cycle.  To illustrate the idea of a cycle that goes round and round I decided to use a hoola hoop. Each week, as we studied our way through the Judges I used part of the class time to review this cycle.  Soon the children were able to explain this to the others in the class.  The…

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