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More Children's Sermons To Go

by Deborah Raney

More Children's Sermons to Go: 52 Take-Home Lessons About God offers a year's worth of children's sermons that feature small, inexpensive gifts or trinkets that help children better understand and remember the lesson of the sermon. Each of the sermon lessons in More Children's Sermons to Go includes a Materials section, a selected Scripture text, and a take-home memento of the sermon lesson. These mementos are quick, inexpensive ideas that require 30 minutes or less of preparation time.

Ready-to-Go Devotions for Mission and Service

by Mark Ray

Ready-to-Go Devotions for Mission and Service is a toolkit of daily devotionals for youth mission trips. The devotions in this book address every aspect of the mission experience, from leaving home and sleeping on the floor to dealing with language barriers and grumpy teammates. Each devotion includes a relevant Bible story, a commentary that connects that story to the mission experience, and a section that challenges the reader to take specific actions on the trip, back home, or both. The book includes devotions in preparation for, during, and after the mission trip or service project. The ready-to-go format allows the youth worker to quickly assemble a customized devotional journal for participants, matching each day's selection to what's likely to happen that day. The devotions could also be used in a group setting, which would allow the youth worker to pick devotions based on what has happened during the trip or event. Either way, the devotions point to the larger biblical and personal significance of mission trip or service project happenings . What if you held a mission trip and nobody changed? It's a haunting, daunting question, one that youth workers and researchers across America are beginning to ask. Short-term mission trips (STM) have exploded in popularity since the mid-1990s, thanks in part to the Internet, which makes connecting with mission agencies and mission recipients easier than ever. Sociologist Kurt Ver Beek estimates that the number of North American short-term missionaries grew from 125,000 in 1989 to as many as four million in 2003. Many of those short-termers are teenagers. According to Christianity Today, more than two million American teens enter the mission field every year. Pollster George Barna reports that 15 percent of U.S. Christian teens have done a short-term mission trip, while the National Study of Youth and Religion found that 29 percent of all teens had participated in a short-term mission trip or religious service project. Unfortunately, the impact of short-term mission trips may be short-term as well, both for those who go on mission trips and for those who receive mission teams. Ver Beek recently surveyed North Americans who worked in Honduras after a 1998 hurricane, as well as those who were served by them. He found that the North American work teams had "little or no lasting impact" on the communities they served and that missionaries reported only "a small, positive, lasting change" in their own lives. The situation isn't hopeless, however, according to Robert Priest, associate professor ofmission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. "In research with Ph.D. students at Trinity," he wrote in Christianity Today, "I've been impressed that while STM may not always or automatically produce desired results, the right sorts of STM, carried out in the right sorts of ways, and accompanied by the right sorts of reflections, have potential for good." Unfortunately, youth workers don't always build "the right sorts of reflections" into their mission trips. At best, they allot time in the daily schedule for reflection or debriefing. At worst, they just hope and pray that their students will somehow be transformed by the mission experience. The existing literature isn't much help. Books on mission-trip planning offer plenty of advice on selecting a mission agency, raising money, coordinating transportation, handling emergencies, entering closed countries, and re-entering the "normal" world, but they offer precious little advice on using the mission experience to impact the participants' lives. The handful of available mission-focused devotional guides offer some assistance, but they typically take a one-size-fits-all approach. Usually presented as mission journals, these guides assume trips will be a certain length or include certain elements, such as dealing with non-English speakers. Ready-to-Go Devotions for Mission and Service fills the void, offering targeted, topical devotionals that can help turn short-term missions into life-changing experiences.

Ready-to-Go Service Projects

by Susan Ragsdale Ann Saylor

This ready-to-go tool will help youth groups find meaningful ways to connect and make a difference in their communities through service-learning. Practical and interactive activities will help youth consider the connection between faith and service, discover the ways they are uniquely designed to serve, and explore service project ideas. It also profiles activities and conversation starters to help you tap into the power of service-learning for building character, challenging perceptions, and shaping leaders. It's easy for a youth leader to scan and it's flexible enough to use with diverse groups from middle school to college. Part One: The Basics What you need to know about service-learning - the definition, the benefits, the process, and how to make the move from volunteer service to service-learning. Part Two: Readying Your Hands 17 easy-to-use activity plans to help youth realize the value of service, discover what scripture says about serving others, identify what gifts each person brings to the group, and begin to explore the community. Part Three: Hands in Action 17 topical issues that include sample service project ideas, reflection questions, prayers, scriptures, stories about youth in service, and resources for further study. Find our more about the book, the authors, and training opportunities at www.theassetedge.net.

Ready-to-Go Retreats & Lock-Ins

by Beth Miller

Ready-Made Event Packages ...Just Add Youth Group FULLY LOADED All Youth Event Options, Extras, and Side items IncludedThese ready-made event packages are completely accessorized with everything you need to easilyprepare and smoothly execute fun and instructive retreats & lock-ins. You can spend less time on planning event details, and more time directly engaging your teens.These plans cover every detail, even laying out hour-by-hour schedules for you. Think of the convenience. Think of all the up-front prep time you can save. The unique benefit of the Ready-To-Go series is that these activity materials go beyond merely offering ideas. Ready to Go resources instead provide fully developed activity & event plans. These allow the youth leader to host youth events of substance & quality, with a minimal up-front time investment. It's like offering a baked cake instead of a cake recipe & ingredients. Or, offering a fully-assembled ready-to-use playground set...instead of loose components in a box with assembly instructions.Ready-to-Go Retreats & Lock-Ins provides 16 complete guides for retreats and lock-ins.The first section focuses on planning retreats and lock-ins, including -- Creating a schedule Finding a facility Safety guidelines Transportation Food Registration and Publicity Recruiting counselors Insurance issues Get acquainted games The second section covers strategies for successfully executing retreats and lock-ins, including -- Behavior covenants, expectations and guidelines Creating rituals Assembling resources How to combine junior and senior highs on a retreat Resources for games and music Room and van assignments Each Retreat includes two individual morning meditations, detailed program notes for small groups with three to four sessions per retreat, ideas for a worship service and evening devotional, and fun, group-building activities. Provided meditations, counselor notes, handouts, and worship flyers are photocopiable.Each Lock-In is theme-based and has games, small group time, worship ideas, and sleep time.Includes reproducible handouts, preparation lists, and bonus material on CD-ROM.Ready-To-Go resources are equipped with event themes that target contemporary issues teens face in the real world. These relevant messages are delivered with impact, through coordinated devotional plans, discussion frameworks, and captivating activities. All the event accessories you need, down to publicity fliers and parental forms are included. Just add youth.

Ready-to-Go School's Out

by Todd Outcalt

One of the biggest challenges in youth ministry is finding effective ways to minister to teenagers during school breaks and summer vacations--those times when the usual routines of education and structure aren't there. Families are vacationing. Youth groups get smaller. And very often youth ministry takes a noticeable dip in attendance and excitement. Ready-to-Go School's Out!: Youth Ministry Ideas for School Breaks and Summer Vacation by Todd Outcalt is a book that can help. Here youth workers can find support and practical ideas that can help them minister to teens during the "down times" such as: · Fall & Spring Breaks · Summer Vacation · Christmas Break · Special Days such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, and Thanksgiving · New Years Eve Ready-to-Go School's Out! will be a welcome addition to the youth leader's arsenal of resources. It includes learning activities, outings, games, worship services, and suggestions for the busy youth worker--in addition to renewal activities for tired youth leaders--all collected in one resource.

Ready-to-Go Fundraisers

by Todd Outcalt

Ready-MadeFundraising Packages . . . Just Add Youth Group FULLY LOADED All Youth Fundraising Activity Options, Extras, and Side Items IncludedThese ready-made fundraising packages are completely accessorized with everything you need to easily prepare and smoothly execute youth ministry fundraising activities that utilize youth participation. You can spend less time on planning activity details, and more time directly involving your teens.These plans cover every detail for you. Think of the convenience. Think of all the up-front prep time you can save.The unique benefit of the Ready-to-Go series is that these activity materials go beyond merely offering ideas. Ready-to-Go resources, instead, provide fully developed activity and event plans. These allow the youth leader to host youth activities of substance and quality, with a minimal up-front time investment. It's like offering a baked cake, instead of a cake recipe and ingredients. Or offering a fully-assembled ready-to-use playground set, instead of loose components in a box, with assembly instructions. Ready-to-Go Fundraisers provides youth ministers with a variety of fun and effective fundraising ideas, including - . . . old standards and digital-age alternatives. . . from embarrassingly simple to exhaustingly complex. . . projects that foster fellowship and community to projects that have a global impactThis resource includes a chapter on grant-writing, by longtime Abingdon writer Todd Outcalt, and a CD-ROM loaded with spreadsheets, fliers, forms, and other useful resources.Just add youth.

Ready-to-Go Youth Group Activities

by Todd Outcalt

Ready-Made Event Packages ...Just Add Youth Group FULLY LOADEDAll Options, Extras & Side Items IncludedThese ready-made event packages are completely accessorized with everything you need to easilyprepare and smoothly execute fun and instructive youth activities. You can spend less time on planning event details, and more time directly engaging your teens.These plans cover every detail, even laying out hour-by-hour schedules for you.Think of the convenience. Think of all the up-front prep time you can save. The unique benefit of the Ready-To-Go series is that these activity materials go beyond merely offering ideas. Ready to Go resources instead provide fully developed activity & event plans. These allow the youth leader to host youth events of substance & quality, with a minimal up-front time investment. It's like offering a baked cake instead of a cake recipe & ingredients. Or, offering a fully-assembled ready-to-use playground set...instead of loose components in a box with assembly instructions. This book features 101 ready-to-go lessons that Youth Leaders can use in a Sunday School setting, in youth meetings, or retreats. It also contains meeting ideas and lessons that can be utilized quickly and effectively when the need arises. Ready-to-Go Youth Group Activities includes -- Meeting starters Short Bible studies Test worksheets Fliers Parable studies with skits Games Small events with little or no prep time Meeting closers A scripture index. All materials are reproducible.Ready-To-Go resources are equipped with event themes that target contemporary issues teens face in the real world. These relevant messages are delivered with impact, through coordinated devotional plans, discussion frameworks, and captivating activities. All the event accessories you need, down to publicity fliers and parental forms are included. Just add youth.

Super Simple Bible Lessons (Ages 6-8)

by Leedell Stickler

Have you ever needed a Bible lesson QUICK! This resource solves your problem. Super Simple Bible Lessons contains sixty Bible lessons covering both the Old and New Testaments. Each lesson includes a story, a Bible verse, and a super simple craft activity that will reinforce the story. Each craft activity is reproducible. Make as many copies as you need for your class of two or twenty. An easy-to-use index helps you locate specific stories for the children.

Super Simple Bible Lessons (Ages 3-5)

by Abingdon Press

Have you ever needed a Bible lesson QUICK? This resource solves your problem. Super Simple Bible Lessons contains sixty Bible lessons covering both the Old and New Testaments. Each lesson includes a story, a Bible verse, and a super simple craft activity that will reinforce the story. Each craft activity is reproducible. Make as many copies as you need for your class of two or twenty. An easy-to-use index helps you locate specific stories for the children.

Symbols of Faith

by Marcia Stoner

Help persons of all ages understand the symbols of the faith! This resource includes over 60 Christian symbols with acitivities designed to teach the background of each symbol. Reproducible patterns included for most symbols.

Faith Builders

by Nadia C. Herbert

Faith Builders is a children's ministry resource, containing a whole year of Sunday school teaching in one book. It features fifty exciting craft projects that children will enjoy making while learning about the Bible and building their faith. Each craft has a theme that is linked to a related Bible verse and combined with a complete lesson. For the teacher, there are clear, step-by-step instructions to follow, along with a materials list and an indication of the time needed to complete the project. Crafts include a bird feeder, seashell wind chimes and even a marshmallow caterpillar! Faith Builders utilizes many wonderful mediums through which children can express their creative side and explore their faith in a group setting. This ready-to-use book provides a hands-on, fun way of bringing God's Word to children that will maintain their enthusiasm for Sunday school.

Stepping Stones of Faith

by Anita Edlund

This Collection of preschool lessons examines twelve stepping stones of faith for preschoolers and develops them into complete lessons, including a Bible story for each stepping stone, activities, snacks, and music.

Tween Spirituality

by Marcia Stoner

A book for teachers and leaders of tweens with articles on spirituality and specific activities to nourish spiritual habits in preteens through Sunday school, worship, and other church settings. Included is a photocopiable section for leaders to use with parents to help parents understand what is appropriate in the spiritual realm for their preteens. Includes activities that can be used within existing programs, ideas for including preteens fully in the life of the entire congregation, details on how to form a "Buddy Class" with another church group, and provides suggestions for teaching tweens how to actively participate in leading group worship experiences. Click here for more information about Tweens curriculum.For updated information and fun for your Tweens, visit us online at www.tweenslive.com.

7 Ways of Teaching the Bible to Children

by Barbara Bruce

There are seven distinct ways of teaching and learning: verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, body/kinesthetic, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. In 7 Ways of Teaching the Bible to Children, Barbara Bruce uses these seven learning styles to show you how to meet the various learning needs of each child in your classroom. The 25 Old and New Testament lessons which are included feature warm-up exercises, scripture readings, activities, and options for tailoring the lesson to all your students' individual learning needs. Practical advice for discovering each child's learning preferences, reproducible patterns and handouts, and a teacher training session are also included. The Bible story lessons can be used independently or with existing class curriculum.

Children's Ministry

by Adam Hamilton Judy Comstock

The Abingdon-Church of the Resurrection Ministry Guides are the first choice for recruiting, motivating, and developing lay leadership for specialized ministries from A to Z--from adult ministries to ushering. Each inexpensive, 64-page Guide brings together Church of the Resurrection's can-do attitude with Abingdon Press's ministry of empowering church leaders. The result is a series that is user-friendly, encouraging, and most important, practical. The passion to help churches experience how many things they can do to encourage participation drives these Ministry Guides. Each Guide is concise, conversational, and current, full of ideas you'll be able to implement immediately, with little or no budget. Recognizing that volunteers are busy people who work hard, the Guides will be the first place to turn when you're new to a topic, to help you feel empowered, prepare quickly, and get up and running with confidence and creativity. You'll find eye-catching icons and features that help you move directly to practical, fun, and effective solutions. Judy Comstock is the Director of Children's Ministries at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

Teaching Children Bible Basics

by Barbara Bruce

Teaching Children Bible Basics is a book of 34 Old and New Testament lessons that helps children ages 8-10 learn how to use the Bible. The lessons and activities are designed to teach children how the Bible came to be, how to use this important book, about the Torah, and about the important stories of the Hebrew and Christian Testaments. Key Features: Features 16 Old Testament and 20 New Testament lessons; Provides 30- to 45-minute experiential lessons that teach children how to use the Bible; Each lesson accommodates the needs of various learning styles; Each lesson highlights a specific desired result (for example, students will discover and retell the creation story day by day); Each lesson includes a lesson focus, a Scripture text, a section listing materials needed, various learning activities, discussion questions related to the Bible topics being "discovered," and a closing prayer. Key Benefits: Teachers will be enabled to teach children aged 8-10 basic Bible skills through interactive Bible lessons that stimulate creativity and critical thinking; Teachers will find practical help and guidance in how children can gain a working knowledge of the structure of the Bible, the organization of the books of the Bible, and the significance of the Bible to Christians; Can be used with any Bible translation.

The Big Book of Bible Questions

by A D Publishing Services Limited

Four simple questions are asked for each of sixty different Bible persons or events. These simple questions, drawn from the lives of all the main characters of the Bible, and covering all the main events, will delight, challenge, and amuse. All the best-loved stories are here, brought to life by the Italian artist Paola Bertolini Grudina's lively illustrations.

Young Reader's Bible Dictionary

by Peg Augustine

A practical book written in a smooth narrative style that invites reading for pleasure as well as reference. Users will gain a deeper knowledge of the people, places, and customs of the Bible. Definitions are taken from both the NRSV and the NIV. Includes full-color illustrations, pronunciations, maps, scriptural references, and more. For ages 11 and up.

101 Great Games for Kids

by Jolene L. Roehlkepartain

Children learn best when they hear the rich stories from Scripture over and over again. Just sitting and listening, however, can become boring. This volume, a collection of 101 active games for Christian education programs suitable for children ages 3-12, will help dispel any boredom. Divided into four sections, 101 Great Games for Kids brings Scripture to life through active games that get kids up and moving rather than sitting in their chairs. This is a book that mainline professionals and lay leaders can turn to for a quick idea or when they are creating lesson plans. Each of the 101 games are presented in ways that adults can use immediately. Key Benefits: Children are enabled to learn the rich stories from Scripture through fun and active games; Christian educators will find a wealth of new, flexible ideas that will easily fit their educational programs and Sunday school lessons

The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray

by James C. Howell

Prayer is not easy, yet learning to pray can be learned. The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray is a brief but probing guide into the life of prayer. James Howell examines the many barriers to prayer (such as our busyness, how uncomfortable with silence we are, our doubts and fears) and invites the reader to take a fresh approach to the devotional life. Each lesson begins with a scripture passage and the author draws comfortably and appropriately from a rich array of other sources (Annie Dillard, St. Augustine, Henri Nowen, Kathy Mattea, Madeleine L'Engle, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, St. Francis, Oscar Romero, and the movie Good Will Hunting are a sampling.) The author's own engaging writing style, including his ability to illumine his ideas with the shared wisdom of others, is a major strength of this book. While each "lesson" is only two book pages long, the author draws from a deep well of wisdom about prayer. Howell leads the reader through the "subjects" of prayer (e.g. praise, confession, giving thanks), and digs deeply into theological issues such as whether prayer works, prayer and suffering, and forgiveness. According to the author, "In the end, prayer draws us into community with others-- out of our "curved in" lives and into the world in service." The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray will be helpful to the novice in spiritual life as well as long-time Christians who are striving for a more profound relationship with God. Includes Study Guide, List of Sources, and Scripture Index.

How to Start and Sustain a Faith-Based Women's Spirituality Group

by Patricia D. Brown

This book will be a resource for those who are interested in starting and sustaining a faith-based small group for women. It will include tools for organizing, creating, and sustaining the group, which the author calls a circle. The book invites women to develop their spiritual side, and to model their relationship with God as they envision ever-new ways to inspire, encourage, and affirm one another.

Saint Benedict on the Freeway

by Corinne Ware

How can we heal the rift between our daily lives and the sacred? How can we live a life capable of hearing "the still small voice" of God while experiencing the speed and sensory overload of modern life? This book is Ware's answer to these questions. She acknowledges that others have addressed the questions. On the one hand there are books which have significant depth but speak in academic or "in-group" language and provide little help adapting these insights to everyday life. On the other hand, there are practical "how-to" exercises which assist in very particular spiritual experiences but which do not offer integrated, sustainable, life-changing patterns. St. Benedict on the Freeway fills this gap. It "translates into twenty-first century life spiritually formative practices worked out in the past, creatively adapting those disciplines to contemporary daily life." This adaptation is the heart of Ware's book. She attempts first to draw attention to our own awareness of God. She discusses how a "Rule" functioned for Benedict's time, and how it can function for us as a liberating reminder of God instead of as another repressive and burdensome taskmaster. Ware also asks how the hours of prayer--vigils, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, compline--can increase our spiritual awareness even if our 'community' does not stop for prayer at designated times during the day. Also, Ware explores prayer in dimensions beyond the spoken word. The author targets what she terms "something more" people: those who want to grow spiritually but do not know how to do so. Typically these people go on retreats and hear inspirational speakers, but their everyday lives lack the luster of those occasional times. They go from one spiritual oasis to another, wishing for something that will sustain them in between. St. Benedict on the Freeway responds to this yearning as both a book for personal reading and a resource for small groups in the church.

How to Start and Sustain a Faith-Based Young Adult Group

by John Schroeder

This book will be a basic resource for persons to use who are interested in starting and sustaining a faith-based small group for young adults. It will include how to start a young adult group, how to take the temperature of the group, how to prioritize and divide time, tips for lively discussions, dealing with problems especially common in young adult groups, how to adapt material, how to create options that relate especially to young adult groups. See also the 20/30: Bible Study for Young Adults Series

Family Time with God

by Peg Augustine

What's the number one gift parents want for their children? Their time! Children don't stay children forever, so time spent with them today will become the memories cherished tomorrow. It is indeed a memorable treasure when families come together to learn about God's Word. Family Time With God is an outstanding resource that offers a full year's worth of activities parents can do with their children every day to help them grow spiritually and to build strong family relationships. Each week includes: A Scripture text on which the activities for the week are based, a "talk point" that provides parents with a weekly theme to talk about with their children, a Bible story parents can read to their children, and a variety of activities for every day of the week which provide a basis for personal time spent with children!

In Search of Wisdom

by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly Evelyn Parker

edited by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly A guide for pastors, church leaders, and all who help African Americans in their search for a meaningful Christian lifestyle. Forming Christians--leading fallen and flawed human beings into the path of discipleship to a crucified and risen Lord--is one of the central, if not the central, tasks of all Christian churches. It is a difficult enough task anywhere, but for African Americans, beset by racial conflict, personal crises, generational separation, and other concerns, it is especially so. African American churches must work particularly hard to counter the messages their members receive from the dominant and often unfriendly culture. This book employs the biblical text and African tradition to draw on the idea of the search for wisdom as a potent way to help African Americans in their pursuit of genuine Christian discipleship. Wisdom in African American tradition is not simply knowledge; rather, it is those insights, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors,and practices that create and sustain a life of hope and that produce an inherent sense of the worth of one's self. If their members are to engage in the search for wisdom, African American churches must build an intentional ministry of faith formation. Wisdom can be gained, the authors argue, when African Americans listen to the black oral tradition with its proverbial sayings, revered Bible stories, songs, and narratives from the lives of exemplary individuals. The book offers several similar avenues for the search for wisdom, including helpful models of black males mentoring younger black males, as a remedy to the destructive effects that contemporary culture has on this segment of the African American community.

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