Why is Baptism So Important?

As Lutherans baptize infants, it’s possible that children could pass their entire childhood before learning God’s truth about baptism during confirmation instruction. We teach God’s Word regarding baptism for the same reasons we baptize: 1) God commands that we do; 2) We need it. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all … Continue Reading

How Can I Teach that Jesus is Still with Us After Ascension?

It seems that late winter and early spring afford us nothing but letdowns. Thanksgiving starts the Christmas season. With Advent our hearts gear up for the coming of Jesus! Then the decorations come down, the hymns are gone. Wait, we’ve still got New Year’s! If that’s enough to repulse the winter blahs, how about the … 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

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

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