Tru Sunday School (Now on DVD!)

Tru Sunday School (Now on DVD!)

If you haven't checked out the Tru curriculum from David C. Cook, now it is easier to use than ever before with Tru DVDs.   We've been using the original Tru curriculum this summer in our Children's Church program and I have loved both the format, the content and the philosophy present in Tru. What is the Philosophy of Tru? I was able to hear first hand the heart and philosophy behind Tru curriculum while I was at the Gathering conference in 2012.   If I had to sum it up in a nutshell, I … [Read more...]

Christian Clip Art (FREE!!)

Christian Clip Art (FREE!!)

You probably already know how hard it is to find quality illustrations for your lesson.  Kids respond better when they have something to look at, but you can't always find a great clipart for some of the more obscure narratives in the Bible.  Even if you do find one, you might not have permission to use it.  Ugh. Enter Christian Clip Arts!  This site is full of high-quality clipart for all kinds of Scipture passages.   Best of all, it's free!   Each clip comes with a short synopsis, including … [Read more...]

Lesson Ideas for Judges

Lesson Ideas for Judges

We've been making our way through the Bible, covering all the "Big Stories" this summer.  I wish we had time to cover all the great details in God's Word, but we'll do what we can!  I was talking with one of our regular attenders the other day and she had never heard the story of David and Goliath.  As a "raised-in-church" girl, sometimes I forget that not every kid knows the basics of the Bible.  So, hopefully by the end of summer, we'll covered most of the "main characters" of the Bible. Stay … [Read more...]

The Big Story: Babel, Abraham, Isaac

The Big Story: Babel, Abraham, Isaac

For our summer Wednesday night program, we're doing a Story Time approach (check out all our summer plans here).   We will be covering the major stories in the Bible and showing how they are all one big part of God's redeeming plan of love.  Sometimes I read out of the Read and Share Bible, sometimes the kids act out the story using the Big Action Bible Skits book, and sometimes leaders act it out for the kids.  After the story, the kids head to stations. What are the Stations? I'm so glad you … [Read more...]

Molly Pickens Curriculum Review: What do the kids say?

The proof is in the pudding While watching the Large Group DVD lessons, I was a little put-off by the constant lunacy of Bill and Charles.  My husband however, thought the kids would get a kick out it.  You know what they say: the proof is in the pudding, so we tried it out in Children's Church. Introducing Molly Chickens! When I introduced the series, the kids all thought I said Molly Chickens, which they found extremely funny, and the laughter didn't end there.  They liked many of the … [Read more...]

Molly Pickens Curriculum Review: Small Group Lesson

I wasn't sold on the Molly Pickens DVD Curriculum based on the Large Group Lessons, but of course, I wasn't looking at the whole picture.  Small Group lessons accompany each of the Large Group DVD segments of this 10 part curriculum series. Here's what I thought about those: What's Good Love the fact that the lesson starts (pre-DVD) with a focus on the day's verse.  I think it really sets the stage for the focus of of the lesson. There are several activities (to use before and after the … [Read more...]