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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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A Few of My Favorite Things

I have favorite things in several different categories, but I decided to share my “top 5 favorite things” for teaching, writing, and conference leading. Address Labels: I use the labels individually or in my printer at home. The labels can be used for Bible verses to make markers, game pieces, or to stick on a child’s art work. I like…

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The Idea Hoarder

Printable Version, Preschool Printable Version, Kids

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VBS Ideas from the Mr. Mark’s Classroom Community!

Thanks to Kim LeClaire and her husband for sharing these pictures of the VBS decorations they are making!   We have a limited number of Trusses left if you are interested in purchasing them for your VBS or your VBS Training.  Go to www.mrmarksclassroom.com/store !

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Podcast: Helping Children Develop Bible Skills

Why Develop Bible Skills? Helping kids gain Bible skills is an important part of your ministry.  I have noticed so many adults pulling out their phones and iPads for Bible reading at church.  Skills developed as children can extend into adulthood and become second nature.  Bible Skills can be lots of fun!  Use the following Suggestions to help children learn…

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Books You Recommend?

Dear Mr. Mark— I have a young woman I hired last fall to be my rotation coordinator on Sunday mornings. She is now part-time church receptionist and part-time Childhood Associate. She primarily has preschool responsibilities but as time goes on I will involve her in children’s activities. She senses God calling her in to full time Children’s Ministry so I…

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