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

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

Teaching Epiphany in Sunday School

For some children, Epiphany may be a familiar time of the Church Year. Others may wonder what Epiphany means. Here’s a simple way to teach about Epiphany. On Epiphany, we give thanks to God for Jesus Christ, revealed in the Gospel as the Savior for all people. Epiphany means “to shine through.” This reminds us … Continue Reading

Ideas to Help Students Focus on Christ through the Year

During the Church seasons of Advent and Christmas there is a natural emphasis on God the Son. In Advent, we look forward to the coming Savior, Jesus Christ. Seven hundred years before His birth, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a … Continue Reading

Are There Any Sins That God Cannot Forgive?

Understanding God’s Forgiveness Christianity is unique among world religions in that it presents peace and reconciliation with the Creator of mankind through grace, mercy, and sacrifice at God’s expense. This is in opposition  to meriting goodness from the higher power based on our natural goodness or abilities, earning it through obedience and good works, or … Continue Reading

I Didn’t Know Our Sunday School Had . . . Opening Options

Here they come! McKenna just finished her breakfast, with a milk mustache to prove it. Jaxon is already sleepy after a full morning of getting ready and attending the early service. Dillon is wanting to show off his new hat to his buddies, but Ellowyn isn’t sure she wants to leave her mama’s side. Ah, … Continue Reading