Cultivating family faith talk

With the school year back in session, families are constantly on the move. It can seem daunting to make time for family devotions. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favorite books that make it easy for busy families to connect with God’s Word. Search and Find Bible Stories Search and Find Bible … Continue Reading

Moms, Can You Laugh at the Future?

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” (Proverbs 31:25) There was a time when my clothing didn’t look very dignified to others. With a toddler and newborn in tow, spit up often adorned my shirt, and there were times I couldn’t even remember the last time I showered. No … Continue Reading

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

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

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

Enrich Sunday School with Arch Books

We love it when our customers tell us about their ideas. Recently, a pastor in Baltimore called to share that his church was starting their Sunday School back up again. He also mentioned that he thought it would be a great idea to use Arch Books as part of Sunday School. We agree! In fact, … Continue Reading

Giving Thanks in the Advent Season

During this Advent season, you might be juggling (as I am) children’s programs, youth service projects, volunteer gifts, staff parties, and more. The calendar is filled with many obligations and wonderful events alike, and if you blink, you might just miss the entire season! It’s happened before, maybe it happens every year. What if, instead … Continue Reading

How Can You Bring Christmas Alive for Kids?

In the hustle and bustle of church life surrounding the holidays, it seems children don’t always get the opportunity to worship at their own level. Sure, they seem to be performing something around the holidays, whether it is in the children’s choir or the Christmas pageant. However, do they really get the concept of worship? … Continue Reading

Ideas for a Thanksgiving Celebration Feast!

Let’s agree: this year has proven to be one heck of a topsy-turvy roller coaster of surprise, upheaval, astonishing sinfulness, and incredible disaster. We rallied resources for one disaster only to discover that there was much more needed for a different part of the country. Just when fires and hurricanes seemed to be under some … Continue Reading

The Importance of a Spiritual Mentor

It was a very tough time for me. I was planning my first church-wide intergenerational event and it looked like there were still about 5,000 details to figure out, and our registration was nearly twice what I had anticipated. The year was 2001, and my church had absolutely no idea how afraid I was!  Feeling … Continue Reading