Responding When Kids Use the “R” Word


When I  was growing up, the word “retarded” didn’t seem like a big deal. If a friend was being foolish we might say, “Stop being a retard.” If a school policy didn’t make sense we might say, “That’s just retarded.” It was one of many hurtful words they crept into adolescent vocabulary. We were wrong. […]

52 Kid-Friendly Bible Memory Verses

52 Kid-Friendly Bible Memory Verses

The new year is starting, so this is a perfect time to build scripture memory into your family & ministry. With the help of other readers, I’ve collected this list to get you started. Some verses are shorted, but not edited to make them easier for children to comprehend. All verses are based on the […]

“Strong Together” Object Lesson about the Church


Try this simple object lesson to teach children the importance of the church community in their lives. Main Idea: We are stronger together, the church is a group of friends who help each other follow Jesus. Items Needed: Several heavy books. We used unwrapped story Bibles. Suggested Verses: Ecclesiastes 4:12 —  Though a man might […]

VIDEO: The Lord’s Prayer in ASL Sign Language


Learning the Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language is another way to help children internalize and retain this scripture passage. Some children’s ministries will even have the class present their work to the congregation on Sunday morning. We found this video on YouTube that teaches the sign language movements for Jesus’ model prayer in Matthew […]