Pinterest: A New Internet Tool for Children’s Ministry

Pinterest Screenshot

What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a visual pinboard that allows you to save, organize, and share all the inspirational things you find on the web.  It’s like the bookmark tool on your browser, only WAY better! Pinterest not only allows you to effortlessly save and organize ideas you love, but it makes it easy to […]

Reverse Evangelism: Reaching Families by Serving First

Spilled Salt Shaker

Are you finalizing your plans for the fall festival, harvest party, trunk or treat, pumpkin carving, or other Halloween related outreach event at your church?  A key component of these type of events is always planning how we will connect with, minister to, evangelize with, and preach the gospel for all those in attendance, especially […]

Children’s Bible Lesson: Water is God’s Gift

This lesson is shared as Ministry-To-Children’s contribution to Blog Action Day 2010.  The goal of the event is to encourage bloggers worldwide to post about the same issue on the same day on their blogs, sparking discussion about a topic of global importance.  Today, we are participating in the discussion about the 2010 theme, Water, […]

Innovative New Curriculum from Spark House


Do you work with older children and youth?  Could you use a curriculum that’s adult user-friendly, yet has real appeal for your tweens and teens? Well if your answer is yes, you may just want to give re:form a chance. The publishing company, Spark House, a division of Augsburg Fortress, claims, re:form is a fully […]

A Perfect Father’s Day (Children’s Bible Lesson) John 3:16

"Perfect Father's Day" Lesson plan for Sunday School

This lesson would work for a children’s sermon or message, Sunday School or Children’s Church.  Length could be anywhere from 10-60 minutes, depending upon the activities used. You might also like our Father’s Day coloring pages and craft ideas for Father’s Day. By contributing writer, Nicole VanderMeulen, Children’s Ministry Coordinator at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church […]

Church Bulletin Insert: The Faith Focused Family


Recently a reader wrote to us asking about bullet inserts to encourage families to integrate faith into their home life.  I passed on the idea to Nicole and she created this resource.  It can easily be printed and distributed to all the congregation or just to parents. It has five practical tips for parents who want to […]

Children’s Bible Lesson: The Pentecost Party (Acts 2:1-21)


Many Christians celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the church and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The holiday falls 50 days after Easter Sunday. So this lesson may be particularly appropriate at that time, but could also be used any time in exploration of the Bible text found in Acts 2. This lesson would work for […]

The Backwards Easter Egg Hunt (with a message!)


Hopefully, all of your Easter Sunday plans for your children’s ministry are in place and ready to go, but if that’s not the case, here’s a user-friendly way to engage and teach little ones in celebration of the resurrection.  This method is especially nice for dealing with a large crowd, but can work well with […]