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Teaching Children the Catechism: Review Week

Teaching Children the Catechism: Review Week

We're entering our first Review and Recitation week with our new curriculum, Kids' Quest.    If you haven't read the background on why we chose this curriculum, check out my introduction to the Children's Catechism here.  So far, the kids have really been engaging with the lessons and they have been remembering the answers to the questions.  Admittedly, the curriculum does move a little slow (we only do 1-2 questions and answers each week), but I would rather really dig deep than rush through … [Read more...]

Power Bible: Book Review

Power Bible: Book Review

If you've been reading this blog long, you'll know I'm a big fan of the Action Bible. I love the stunning graphics and the poignant emotions you can see in the character's faces.  I love how it helps kids to really visualize the Bible and how it forces long-time Bible readers to really feel the stories they have  read so many times.  Of course, there are a few drawbacks.  Some of the pictures in this graphic novel are well, graphic.  There's blood.  There's intense emotion. There's some scary … [Read more...]

Children’s Catechism: God’s Glory

Children’s Catechism: God’s Glory

Last week, we began a new curriculum which uses the Children's Catechism to teach kids the basics of the Christian faith.  Of course, there has been some concern surrounding the word "catechism".    Here's what I wrote in our Children's Ministry newsletter last week: As you might have heard at last week's annual meeting, this year we'll be digging deep into God's word and really learning what it means to be a Christian.  What do we actually believe?    We'll be learning all about it this year … [Read more...]

Day 9: Books of the Bible Chart {31 Days of Bible Crafts}

Day 9: Books of the Bible Chart {31 Days of Bible Crafts}

Welcome to Day 9 in the 31 Days of Bible Crafts series.  For a full "table of contents", be sure to check out this post.  Today, we'll be doing a craft that will teach the books of Bible and double as a classroom decoration. Ready to get started ? What You Need: Really long strip of paper (or lots of printer paper taped together) Bibles Markers What You Do: Depending on the age of your kids, you could make this Bible project as easy or complicated as you need.  The idea is to put … [Read more...]

Day Three: Bible Book Report {31 Days of Bible Crafts}

Day Three: Bible Book Report {31 Days of Bible Crafts}

In this dig-deep activity, kids will get a chance to use some cool Bible tools (concordance, Bible dictionary, etc) as well as get gain an overview of most of the books in the Bible.  We had a few extra teachers sit in on this class in case kids needed help, but for the most part these elementary kids really flew with the lesson.  This would be a great activity for homeschooling kids as well. What You Need:  Bible Book Report Templates (grab your free printables below) Cool Bible Tools: … [Read more...]

Preaching You Have to Hear Before You Die

During last night's session at the Gathering Conference, Albert Tate told us that we simply must hear Bishop Kenneth Ulmer preach before we die.  He even went as far to say that if we get to heaven without hearing him, that we should ask for a 20 minute extension so we can catch a sermon.  I didn't want to take that chance, so I tuned in one of his youtube videos this morning.  Want to catch it yourself?   Check it out below! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAMV0au8VR4 … [Read more...]