Category Archives: Ideas

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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Come Sunday

Come Sunday is a lovely children’s book that I found through Children’s Literature a couple of months ago. My only dilemma in using the book for our normal Sunday School time was that the Baptist Church depicted in the story … 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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Crossroads

This summer the congregation sent Joe Cox to the Theological Education for Youth (TEY) Crossroads Event at Gettysburg Seminary.  I finally had the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about it this month.  To begin with, I have … Continue reading

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A simple thing

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Our Advent theme or focus this year was “Light shines in the darkness.”  Each week during Advent, we replaced the word light with the Advent word of the week (love, hope, joy, peace) had a Bible scripture to go with … Continue reading

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Christmas Pageant Helps

This past weekend was our annual Children’s Christmas Worship and Pageant (You can see some of the pictures over at Our Saviour’s Web Site). This is my third year in charge of this and while some aspects of it have … Continue reading

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Modeling the way

I thought I knew something about modeling the way for young people.  I thought I was a youth leader with experience and the wisdom of others guiding the way.  And then I met “Lucy”.  “Lucy” is a Jehovah’s Witness.  I … Continue reading

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Recycled Crayons

When I started at Our Saviour, I inherited many things: years of Vacation Bible School books and curriculum, a large stash of Channing Bete Religious booklets, and a basket of old broken crayons. Not wanting to waste things, I held … 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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Share the Story

Over the summer we had a program for 9-12 year old kids. During one week’s lesson, we talked in particular about sharing the Bible with other people and ways that we could do it. I had looked ahead for a … Continue reading

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