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Does your Church Have Benchmarks for Christian Education?

Christian education benchmarks provide consistent reference points against which formation activities can be measured, encouraging teaching and learning in the congregation.

Stock Up! Guide to Buying School Supplies

Whether you need school supplies for Sunday school, youth ministry, school, or home, this guide will help you save money, and get the best items.

We Invited our High School Youth back to Sunday School: And they Came!

High school students help plan and lead a bi-weekly curriculum rooted in the covenants of the Bible that stretches into their personal and communal lives.

Introducing ‘Sparkhouse Family’: Books, Videos, & More

Sparkhouse Family offers trusted books and videos for at-home access. Parents and caregivers have new tools to pass on faith to children at home.

Illustrated Children’s Ministry: A Resource for all Ages

Illustrated Children’s Ministry provides artistic resources for learning and coloring throughout the church year, for congregations, classrooms and homes.

New Curriculum Charts for 2016

Freshly updated for 2016, these charts provide information on content, websites, cost, and more – for each curriculum listed.

Film School, for Sunday School

A church develops a new model for middle schoolers and high schoolers. Film School uses movies and the Bible to engage and teach.

Sunday School Rotation Model: How it Works

The Rotation Model is an exciting Sunday School option that uses art, music, cooking, to teach Bible stories. Fin out how it works: benefits and challenges.

Sunday School Activity: Life-Size Scrabble

For a group activity that is fun and builds team spirit, try life-size Scrabble for Sunday School. Tiles are easy to make and rules easy to adapt. Enjoy!

Spring Comes Early with Plants in Your Sunday School Room

Plants not only supply life-giving oxygen, but also make us more in tune with the natural world. If we bring plants and flowers into our Sunday School rooms – a relatively inexpensive undertaking – we can set an example of care and appreciation of the natural world for our children. We can also illustrate the continuing work of God in creation in our world, bringing to life the scripture and theology of Genesis.

Why Sunday School Still Matters – And Why it Still Works

Here is the question: Is Sunday school still valuable in building up the next generation of Christians? Or is it a tragic hindrance to the overall goals of the Christian community?

The answer must take into account a full view of faith formation. But in short: Yes Sunday school is valuable. And yes, a traditional model of parish-based Christian education can still be effective is nurturing children and offering them knowledge, skills, and values to grow into adult followers of Jesus Christ.

Managing Behavior in Sunday School

“Kids tend to be better at self-regulating (and policing each other) if they know what is expected.”       Sunday School Behavior Whether you call it Sunday school or Christian formation or education hour, if you have a group of children, you will have classroom management issues. Don’t set yourself up for failure, or benevolent […]

The Year Sunday School Came out of the Basement

When our Sunday School wing needed renovations, we moved formation to the hall, stage, the kitchen, and other spaces. The results were so exciting!

Thanking Sunday School Teachers

Teachers and formation volunteers deserve high praise and big thanks. When, how, and with what can you thank them? Here are some ideas to get you started.

More Thoughts on Choosing a Children’s Bible

Is it stating the obvious to say that a children’s bible is not a Bible? Perhaps. After all, a moment’s reflection reveals they are not the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible. They omit entire genres and books, and they add a great deal, not least copious and captivating illustrations.

Learning Goals for Children

Many churches seek to create learning goals for age levels in their Christian education classes. Not all children of a similar age are academically or socially on the same level, but having a general sense of what can be an extra focus in addition to whatever curriculum you are using can be a helpful benchmark.