Now even a brief look around congregations sees that there are many ways to approach children's ministry. Below are a few resources to broaden your view, to help you and to even give you some resources.
Evangelizing through Children's ministry http://www.elca.org/christianeducation/programplanners/2001ceprogramplanner/resources/evanthruchild.html
An introductory article highlights how children's ministry can be away to reaching not just children but also families...There are some suggestions and food for thought
And another article to generate some thoughts http://www.elca.org/evangelism/congregations/children.html
Resources for parents... http://www.wels.net/cgi-bin/site.pl?index-PCL Crucial to children's ministry are parents, so it is great to see a resource provided by WELS call Parents Crooslink that helps and equips parents for their critical role as parents. There are family devotions, chat rooms, free online courses, articles and more
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Children's Ministry web site http://www.lcms.org/pages/default.asp?NavID=1312 includes details of Children's Ministry resources, training, projects, leadership, rally days, plus a newsletter
Youth and Family institute http://www.youthandfamilyinstitute.org/ The Youth & Family Institute follows a vision to strengthen congregations and families to nurture faith, pass on faith and live well in Christ. Their ministry focus include Peer Ministry, Coming of Age Ministry, Milestone Ministry, Couple Care, Marriage Ministry, Wellness Ministry and Clown Ministry. On their web site you will also find free articles and information, details of events, resources and the weekly take home faith resource following the lectionary.
Forming Faith http://www.formingfaith.com/ is dedicated to the joyous challenge of forming faith in children, youth and families in and through the ministry of the Christian congregation. As a pastor and a father of two children, the author is passionate about developing communities of faith where persons of all generations can grow together in Christ, and through which families can be resourced and supported as primary units of faith nurture.
FAITHINK www.faithink.com currently has the majority of all teens in the Lutheran church involved in a weekly small group model for confirmation and has expanded to include churches from 13 denominations. Thousands of congregations support the project as members and receive resources for a variety of Christian education programs. Thousands of other churches have taken FINK training and are using the systems to bring energy, joy and growth to kids, parents and pastors. Faith Inkubators offers a variety of systems training opportunities, including our FINKthink day-long events, team training event, and our three-day FINK University certification courses. Ever changing, tweaking and improving, FINK’s Faith Stepping Stones, Head to the Heart Confirmation and GIFT resources now include skits, art galleries, Bible studies, Bible verse theme songs, 15,000 PowerPoint slides – approximately 150 per lesson theme – and ten nights of home devotions per theme, making it the most thorough and content-rich curriculum on the market. Currently they offer resources for confirmation, Sunday School, congregational events for growing in faith together and family ministry (ie resources for congregations to help parents in their role of faith sharing)
Kids Kount ministries....http://www.kidskountomaha.org/ is the children and family ministry of King of Kings Omaha Lutheran Church. It is well worth a visit for ideas. This web site provides details of their ministries to family and children, ministry ideas, outline of their curriculms for Sunday School and Kids Church which are available at http://www.kidskountpublishing.com/ (they state that the introduction of this curriculum saw a doubling of the number of children attending kids ministries, ideas for equiiping and helping people involved in children's ministry, plus a range of other helpful things.
Free Sunday School Lessons The Church of the Lutheran Confessions has developed and offers free Sunday School lessons called God's hand in our lives...These lessons cover stories from the New and Old Testament. They could be ideal for the small church/sunday school, where the children listen to the story together and then undertake/participate in activities suitable for their age group....http://www.clclutheran.org/godshand.htm
Children's ministry resource from Luther Seminary http://www.luthersem.edu/cyf/children/default.asp?m=-2237 A web site that offers courses, a children's ministry blog, web links for just about everything you can think of in children's ministry, videos from their summitt.
Children's Sermons Looking for children's sermons, try some of these sites: http://www.childrensermons.com/sermons.htm , http://www.sermons4kids.com/ , http://rockies.net/~spirit/sermons/s-children.php , http://www.kiskipby.org/Children/childser.htm , http://www.sermonsuite.com/children-sermons.html
Rotation Sunday School This is a different way to approach Sunday School....In a nutshell it works like this: Teach major Bible stories and concepts through kid-friendly multimedia workshops: an Art workshop, Drama, Music, Games, A-V, Puppets, Storytelling, Computers, and any other educational media you can get your hands on. Teach the same Bible story in all of the workshops for four or five weeks rotating the kids to a different workshop each week. And here comes the extremely teacher friendly part: Keep the same teacher in each workshop for all five weeks -teaching the same lesson week after week (with some age appropriate adjustments) to each new class coming in. The results, says Linda Beckham, D.C.E. at Tampa's Palma Ceia Church are astounding. "The kids love it, the teachers love it, and we can't ever imagine going back to the old way." So why not discover more about it at http://www.rotation.org/
Come and See Jesus Sunday school material are based on the Revised Common Lectionary and includes, suggestions for:
- telling the Bible story
- doing an activity based on the story (Lower and Middle Level)
- a DIY Bible Study (Upper Level)
- looking at the story in its Bible context
- making a craft
- talking about the story and applying it to children's lives
- playing a game
- learning a Bible verse
- learning church teachings
- linking the story to what happens in church worship
- learning about the work of the wider church
- doing a paper and pencil activity (Middle and Upper Level)
The resources are avilable from Australian Church Resources at http://www.acresources.com.au/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=come+and+see+jesus&osCsid=ea15008db2c6ebd0e42b0822ff15e924
If you have any other ideas or resources please email them to me, so we can share them with others..
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