Category Archives: Devotions

Change of Heart

Here’s an easy activity for kids. It can fit with this weekend’s Gospel (Matthew 22:34-46) or can easily slip into a variety of lessons. To prepare it, for each child you will need: white paper with a large heart printed … Continue reading

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Pentecost Craft

When I was in elementary school I remember having a really great art program. As someone who often plans/leads arts and crafts for kids, I often wonder how they were able to do such amazing things. The student’s ages and … Continue reading

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40

I can’t remember anymore how I came across this video, but I really love it. Quite simply, it is a video with 40 drawings of Jesus in the Wilderness: Last year I used it for the first youth meeting in … Continue reading

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There’s a Spark in You so Let it Shine!

I enjoy being able to incorporate music into our time together.  There are many secular artists who have powerful messages to share through their songs.  But much of the music that is on the i-pods of our young people is … Continue reading

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Cookie Prayers

I did this with our group at Christmas time, but this could be a really fun and easy to prepare activity anytime — especially this week if you decide to talk about Shrove Tuesday traditions. This is adapted from an … Continue reading

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The Tortoise and the Hare

It’s not a Biblical parable, but there is much to be learned from the parable of the tortoise and the hare. I think we are all familiar with the basic message: sprinting and then having to rest doesn’t result in … Continue reading

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Waiting Well

I flew on the tail end of a blizzard. Bad weather leads to delays. Delays lead to long waits. What do you do when you wait? Do you distract yourself from the situation by reading or doing puzzles? Do you … Continue reading

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Children’s Literature Resources

I recently stumbled across a blog by Union Presbyterian Seminary on Children’s Literature. The blog helps to provide a long list of books that can be used in Children’s Ministries (and beyond — Ever think to read a book to … Continue reading

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Movies and Ministry

Last week Rebekah posted a great blog incorporating the movie, the Invention of Lying, into a devotion.  As she mentioned, I too enjoy offering movies and music as a means of discussion in bible studies with young people.  I love … Continue reading

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Devotional: The Invention of Lying

I like to use devotionals that include movies and pop culture. It can be an incredible and enlightening experience to look at movies, music, or other clips in a new way. It can make a story or idea accessible to … Continue reading

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