March 2015 Blog Posts (104)

Would Your Christian School and/or Church Be Interested in On-Site, In-Service Teacher Training?

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on March 31, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Using Technology in Your Ministry

A couple of years ago my friend, Matt McKee spoke to a group of conference attenders about looking at how the world around us is using technology and seeing if it would be useful in our ministry setting.

It’s not about using technology just because it exists, rather using tech effectively.

Consider this:

I don’t remember…

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Added by Jesse Smith on March 31, 2015 at 3:40pm — No Comments

A Challenge to Children's Sunday School Teachers

Knock down the walls of your box which say, “I’ve always done it this way and I am not going to change!”

Step out of that suffocating “tradition” enclosure.

Take a deep breath of the fresh air of creativity and new ideas which surround you the moment you step away from your box.

Stretch your mind to…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on March 31, 2015 at 7:48am — No Comments

Curriculum Reviews - Think About the "Tools"!

My 2015 Curriculum Reviews and Side-by-Side Comparison Charts begin to release on Monday, but today we will talk about the "tools" you'll find in your curriculum; scope and sequence, intentionally engaging children in the teaching of the Bible lessons, how to get even shy children talking about the Bible lessons, a unified scope and sequence, "live-it" activities and "Put Feet to Their Faith" service projects!…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 31, 2015 at 6:53am — No Comments

How We Saw Thousands of Families Serve Together

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to give families a way they could make a difference by serving together.



We dismissed our worship service 15 minutes early.  Outside we had areas set up where families could go and work…

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Added by Dale Hudson on March 30, 2015 at 1:05pm — No Comments

20 Best Parts of Being a Children's Ministry Leader

Knowing I'm playing a small part in helping kids discover the big plan God has for their lives.



Hearing a child's prayers.



Listening…

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Added by Dale Hudson on March 30, 2015 at 1:04pm — No Comments

The Best KidMin Leaders Are Followers

We tend to catoregize people as either a leader or a follower.



But I want to challenge that premise.  I believe you can be a follower without being a leader, but you can't be a leader without being a follower. …

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Added by Dale Hudson on March 30, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

The Back of the Fence

Steve Jobs had a passion for excellence.  There's no denying his commitment has…

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Added by Dale Hudson on March 30, 2015 at 1:02pm — No Comments

What's Causing You to Limp Into Weekend Services?

Do you limp into weekend services?



Do you find yourself struggling to get one foot in front of the other on Sunday morning when you know you should be running?



Do you enter the…

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Added by Dale Hudson on March 30, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Why You Don't Need Video Games in Your Children's Ministry

I was one of the early adopters of bringing video games into children's ministry.  Back in the 90's, I lined our pre-service areas with them.



Our plan was to create a connection point…

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Added by Dale Hudson on March 30, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A class without stickers! Are you kidding me? Part I

First let me say that I like stickers. I think stickers are fun crazy and whimsical. I know many of you are tied to your stickers. I understand. Handing out stickers or other rewards has been a mainstay in children’s ministry for a long time. What I want to present in this post is how do you have a class without stickers or other rewards. I’m asking you to think about the reward system you are using and what you are trying to accomplish.

Is there really life after…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on March 30, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Kids a screen generation, what does it mean?

Over on the Atlantic.com I was reading a great article over kids at different ages and how they interact with screens and the cycle of kids lives with screens.

Go ahead and read it and let me know what your thoughts are. Plus watch this video and share your…

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Added by Todd McKeever on March 30, 2015 at 9:01am — No Comments

What "Type" of Curriculum is Your Best "Fit"?

Yesterday I wrote about finding your best curriculum "fit" by identifying your vision/purpose first; so, once you have a vision/purpose, you are ready to select your best curriculum “fit”. 



As you look for your best "fit", keep in mind, the Bible is what you are teaching. Not a particular curriculum. Curriculum is only a “tool” to help you engage children so they experience, remember, understand and live God’s Word for truly changed lives. If it is Biblically sound, any curriculum…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 30, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments

Palm Sunday (At Home for March 29th)

sojournkids at home This week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Triumphal Entry” (Luke 19:28-40 & John 12:12-19). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).…

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Added by Jared Kennedy on March 29, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Only Three Days Until My 2015 Curriculum Review Begins! How to Find Your Best Curriculum "Fit" . . . Do You Have a Vision?

The month of April I'll be focusing on Sunday School curriculum reviews. I like reviewing curriculum in the Spring so you can make your decision about which curriculum to use by the beginning of the Summer. This allows you to have time to fully train your volunteers so when the Fall begins they are ready to use the new material! So, today I want to talk about how to find your best curriculum "fit".

There are many curriculum options available today, so how do you find the best…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 29, 2015 at 8:20am — No Comments

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Julie Crain is the winner of the Action Bible! (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Julie for reading About the Children's Department (please email me your address so I can send it to you - lyndafreemanatcd@gmail.com) and thank you David C. Cook for sending it so I can give it…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 29, 2015 at 7:25am — No Comments

Free Resurrection Sunday Lesson

Resurrection Sunday is next Sunday . . . if you still haven't decided what you will be doing for Resurrection Sunday . . . maybe this lesson will work for you! Resurrection Sunday is the most important day in the history of man! If Jesus didn't rise from the dead then our faith would be in vain. But He did rise from the dead! This is one of the things which sets Him apart from all the other religious leaders throughout time! I Corinthians 1512-22 . . . "We have preached that…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 28, 2015 at 9:22am — No Comments

18 Lessons on the Life of Moses for Less Than $1.00 Each! Downloadable Curriculum!

These downloadable lessons are perfect to learn about Moses in a basket, the people he led, the plagues, the grumbling and how God kept His promises, the Ten Commandments given to Moses, the wandering and finally the victory with the story of Rahab and Joshua.

Each lesson from Dancing in the Desert interactive curriculum includes crafts, games, snacks, story time, simple prayers, object lessons, lyrics, special activities, and Bible…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on March 27, 2015 at 9:48am — No Comments

Help Children Build Friendships!

I've been writing this week about whether Sunday school has outlived its usefulness and talked about choosing to focus on involving children in learning God's Word is for them rather than relying on "gimmicks" to get children to participate and helping children build relationships with other children who love God. As I wrap this up today, I want to share a few ways to help the children in our ministries build relationships with other children in their classes . . .

These are just a…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 27, 2015 at 7:07am — No Comments

Free Samples of the new GO! curriculum

The early response to the new GO! curriculum has been crazy good! Our partner churches have been piloting the wheels off of this thing and loving it!!  Here's one of my favorite stories from a partner church:

“Our kids were having such a fun time with…

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Added by David Rausch on March 26, 2015 at 3:55pm — No Comments

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