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Adele Gendron

Hailing from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Adele Gendron is a student at the University of Michigan. She is a Communications Studies major and is completing her Minor in Writing. Devoted to Jesus, Adele has a passion for serving others and sharing the Gospel. She has served on Cru at the University of Michigan’s Social Media Team, on her church’s praise band, and at CUAA’s Tool Time. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with friends, reading, or watching movies.

Recent Posts by Adele Gendron

Take-Home Sheets: Equipping Parents to Reinforce Children’s Ministry

Children’s ministries are often the first places little ones learn about the love Christ has for them. These programs give opportunities to share Gospel truths through games, crafts, snacks, and songs. To support children’s learning about Jesus, you can provide take-home sheets to help parents bring the Bible lessons into their homes. Here are some things to include on take-home sheets to help parents reinforce what their children learn from your ministry.

Activities for Teaching Advent Hymns to Children

The Christmas season brings lots of joy and cheer as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. One of my favorite parts of Advent is the hymns. Advent hymns are some of the most recognizable and well-known hymns, but they can be hard to remember because they are sung only during this time of year. Plus, hymns can be confusing if one is not aware of the Scripture and concepts behind it. That’s why it can be a good idea to create lessons based on the hymns that will be sung this season. Here are ways to teach and discuss four Advent hymns to help your youth understand what they will be singing about.

Reusing and Reinforcing VBS Lessons throughout the Year

It’s hard to believe that only a few short months ago, we were hosting VBS and watching children learn to praise the Lord. Now that we’re no longer in that season and we’re looking towards next year’s Vacation Bible School, the stories, lessons, and songs from this past year seem so far away.

Teaching Tools to Help Children Learn How to Pray

Prayer is one of the most essential parts of the Christian faith. Like any relationship, communication matters, and prayer is a way we stay in conversation with God. It’s a way we express trust in Him. When we bring out petitions to the Lord, we indicate that He is our provider, our teacher, and our Savior. Prayer keeps us from carrying the weight of our worries on our own and shows that we trust the Lord of the universe with them.

In all four Gospels, Jesus prayed to the Father both in private and in front of crowds. He taught His followers how to pray, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret” (Matthew 6:6 ESV). As we follow Christ, prayer becomes an important daily practice.

Children, too, are called to participate in the kingdom of God. “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14 ESV). By teaching children that prayer is a meaningful part of daily life, we help to raise up kids who have a close relationship with their Savior. Teaching prayer can be a wonderful experience, but picking the right tools, prayer techniques, and activities can be challenging. Below are a few ways to teach prayer practices to children!

Keeping Middle School Youth Involved after VBS

Does this sound familiar? Middle school youth volunteer for your VBS and seem to have a great time. You watch as they grow alongside the rest of the kids, singing and dancing and cheering along. But once VBS ends, they just don't seem very involved for the rest of the year.

Middle school is such a difficult time for most youth. They are transitioning into many new phases of their young lives and are experiencing a lot of change from their elementary days. They want to belong, to be wanted, and to have fun. It can be hard to reach this group, as they seem to be very concerned with what’s cool and with not standing out. However, this is a critical time to remind them about what Scripture has to say about their worth, the value of everyone, and the love of Christ! Here's some ways to help your middle school youth get more involved in church.