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Podcast: Why is Explaining Salvation to Kids Difficult?

  What must a child know, do, feel and believe about salvation? Explaining the plan of salvation is not usually the issue for adults.  The problem is trying to discern if the child is following and determining if the child is ready or not.  Honestly, no one likes being the judge and everyone wants the child to accept Christ.  Here are…

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Puzzles and Bags Activity

Children enjoy working wooden puzzles such as the box puzzles available from LifeWay Christian Resources. Each box contains four different Bible story puzzles with a section for each puzzle. The lid can be used for the base of a puzzle. Work with your hands (1 Thessalonians 4:11) reminds boys and girls that God gave us hands to enjoy do many…

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Stained Glass Cross Craft

Use this as a craft you can hang in your window or make it as a card for a special friend. 1. waxed paper 2. wax crayons (Cheap crayons work best) 3. manual pencil sharpener (with a fairly large hole) 4. iron, ironing board and scrap paper (white computer paper or brown paper bag) 5. construction paper 6. scissors 7. glue stick ADULT:  Plug in the iron…

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Spring Time Cheer with Id’a Hoarder

Howdy!! I sure do hope you are enjoying some spring time cheer! Well, as you know, Easter is’a comin’…F.A.S.T.   Kyla writes in and tells me she is going to make a depiction of the tomb using a donut.  I said, “Say what?!!”  She told me that she is going to have the kids cut a regular old donut in…

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Skit n’ Miss was a hit at Heart of the Child

I asked Skit n’ Miss to come in my conference room and share a skit during my lunch keynote.  They were so funny and a total surprise.  I was leading and demonstrating storytelling with children.  To start the conference, Amy and Jesica chose to read my new story book, “A Dad’s Gotta Do What a Dad’s Gotta Do” to the…

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Involve Kids in Leading Worship

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and last year I began a rich tradition the entire church enjoyed.  We have special times with children in our worship service on Christmas Eve and many Sunday evening services when our children’s choirs sing.  Everyone loves to see the kids in the worship service but what are some thoughtful ways to include them? On…

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Spring Learning Center

Seasonal activities can be interwoven in teaching plans on any Sunday morning. Springtime is a special time to remind boys and girls that God had a plan for seasons. Jeremiah 5:24 says, “God sends the spring [rain].” I decided to use the drip pan to create a spring learning center with pastel colors and activity ideas. Enjoy gathering things to…

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Guidelines for Extended Teaching Care

The following guidelines will be useful in learning how to carry out your teaching duties effectively. Before Sunday: Pray for the preschoolers and their families as you prepare for the session. Read the dated extended teaching care leaflet Extended Teaching Care for Babies and Toddlers. Underline or highlight the Bible thoughts, conversation, and songs to remember to use them through…

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Miss Ida Hoarder here…

Hi ya’ll!! It’s been a busy week gathering lots of ideas for you.  You’re gonna lu-huv them all! They are gonna be soo good, it’s gonna be like butta but betta! Preschool will be make a meal using fruit and the older kiddos will have a “TEA-riffic” time too.  (That’s just a couple of the ideas.  I gotta leave you wantin’…

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Podcast: Kid’s Ministry Idea Notebook

What’s New  The Idea Notebook is filled with 150 ideas to use in childhood ministry.  Topics include: Ideas for teaching preschoolers & children, reaching parents, leadership tips, general helps and lots of holiday ideas. The Idea Notebook is organized into sections and a Contents page is provided for finding the page numbers quickly.  The Idea Notebook gives permission to copy for…

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