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Intentional Advent Celebrations with Families

How can your church intentionally engage with families this Advent season? This is already a high-volume, overly scheduled time of year. Even so, I would argue that the need for community relationships has never been greater.

Advent is coming! Advent is coming!

Advent is coming! Advent is coming!

Thanksgiving Lesson Plans That Teach about God’s Overflowing Gifts

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5)

Around Thanksgiving, we think about being thankful to God for family, friends, and food. But how can we illustrate the lesson of God’s bountiful gifts in new ways? Having something visual and tangible can make things more understandable to children of all ages—and even to adults.

A Thanksgiving Experiment

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are already creating our lists. We are focused and detail-oriented, thoughtful and precise. Wait! To be sure you and I are on the same page—I’m not talking about the Thanksgiving dinner shopping list or the Christmas wish list! No, right now I am pondering the list of all of the blessings God is showering on each of us in daily life.

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.

Thanking God for Preschool Leaders!

Consider the scene: Goldfish crackers, a tub of largely mismatched (read: broken) crayons, a half-used container of partially dried hand wipes, and the unmistakable smell of something vaguely sour. . . . Do you see it? What kind of space am I describing? No, NOT Pastor’s office! I’m talking about the preschool room of Sunday school kiddos at your church!

Teaching Thanksgiving through Jesus’ Example

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s appropriate to reflect on the importance of giving thanks from a Christian perspective, examining especially Jesus’ example and the impact it has for us. In this month’s blog, you’ll find valuable insights to share with students and ideas for reinforcing activities.

Simple Activities to Teach Children about Luther’s Rose

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 19:14)

God gives children such beautiful faith! Even the smallest members of His family are invited to worship Him, read His Word, and live out vocations for His glory.

Luther recognized this and sought to teach faith-building lessons in an attainable way to youth. His Small Catechism was written to teach children about the faith in a simple way! One perfect object lesson for teaching matters of faith and salvation is Luther’s seal (also known as Luther’s rose).

Making the Reformation Meaningful for Sunday School Students

Why the Protestant Reformation matters

Growing As a Sunday School Leader

Thank you for volunteering in your church! You probably hear this all the time from the parents you work with and the staff at your church, but just in case they are running around crazy trying to handle all of the details for the week, here’s a little encouragement for you: What you do makes such a difference in the lives of the children and students you serve.