Our Identity in Christ

Take a look in your wallet. If you are like me, you likely have at least a few cards that identify you. Maybe you have a Costco card with a grainy, slightly out of focus photo that you might not have been ready to take. This card is important. It allows you entry into a … Continue Reading

Recognizing Children’s Ministry Volunteers

Before you can effectively recognize your children’s ministry volunteers, it’s a good idea to ask, Why do people choose to volunteer for children’s ministry? What motivates them to serve in the first place? Small gifts are nice, and the occasional “thank-you” is appreciated, but children’s ministry volunteers really want to know they are serving God and … Continue Reading

Encouraging and Involving Parents

Parenting is tough work. It is a demanding vocation when there are two committed, Christian parents in the home. It is ever harder when there are any of the all-too-common complications—single parents, joint custody, to name a few—and the reality of sin and the temptation of the devil and the world. In short, most parents … Continue Reading

Three Fresh Ideas for Easter

We all have our tried and true Easter activities. Are you ready to make a switch from the familiar egg hunts, Easter breakfast, and resurrection egg stations?  Here are a three ideas to use for your children’s or family events. 1. Easter Cross Crystals Experiment Why not incorporate a little science into the event with … Continue Reading

Seeing Joy in Lent?

Lent is a penitential season of the Church year. As such, it is a time for sober reflection on the reality of our sins and the burdensome cost that Christ paid to set us free. So, it is appropriate for Christians to take on a somber mood. At the same time, we recognize that we … Continue Reading

Three Tips for Easy Teacher Prep

For many of our students, the lessons we teach enhance the things they are learning in worship and at home. For some, these lessons are the only opportunities they have to hear the saving Gospel. We want to share the Gospel effectively. We strive to find time for lesson preparation. Here are three easy tips … Continue Reading

Experience the Passion Story with Journey to the Cross

We hear about the Passion story at church. We read about it. But what would it be like to experience it? Invite your church and community to Journey to the Cross. This outreach and educational event encourages children and adults to walk the path that Jesus walked—and to experience the joy of Palm Sunday, the disappointment … Continue Reading

Ideas for a Family Sunday School Event

Every once in a while you just need to shake things up a bit. At our church, “every once in a while” means about twice a year. So, twice a year (for us it’s typically at the end of the first quarter and the end of the second quarter), we have what we call “Family … Continue Reading

Helping Kids Understand God’s Kind of Love

With February comes Valentine’s Day. The holiday is, of course, a celebration of love. Along with all the cards, e-messages, flowers, chocolates, candied hearts, and other gifts, comes the danger of participating in the world’s definition of love. To clarify “worldly” we could also use “society’s definition” or “sinful definition.” In other words, we mean … Continue Reading

Equipping Kids to Share Christ

Recently, I asked my Sunday morning Bible study class to indulge me in a short illustration. I asked four volunteers to come forward and stand shoulder to shoulder. I then asked three to step forward while the fourth remained in place. I explained that of all the people that join a church, three out of … Continue Reading