Every time I teach at a children’s ministry conference, one of the most frequent questions I get is, “But what if we have a bunch of different age groups in one class?” Multiage classrooms, whether used out of necessity or preference, can certainly present a variety of blessings and challenges.… Read the rest
As we swing into the end of summer and the unending advertisements for back to school, you likely heard a few in July – already talking about Christmas!
When you heard “Christmas in July,” what thought came to mind?
“Wow! I need to nab that great deal now!”
“Help!… Read the rest
In the last installment in the Intergenerational Sunday School series, I want to get practical … really practical.
I’ve shared a lot of tips over the course of this series about choosing or writing curriculum, setting up your space, recognizing generational differences, and considering learning styles when planning intergenerational Sunday School.… Read the rest
Unless your congregation is an anomaly, you’ve probably noticed that we are living in the midst of a significant cultural shift in church attendance. Church affiliation and Sunday school attendance peaked in 1959. For people who grew up in the 1950s, the 1970s, even the 1990s, the shift may seem startling.… Read the rest
You can always tell that August will be here before you know it when the big box stores start to stack the front aisles with back-to-school goodies, and you can only wonder what in the world happened to the past two months of summer!… Read the rest
Working with children often means having to find that elusive balance between what we know they need and what they show us they want. This is particularly true in Christian education settings where your time is limited, and the stakes seem high.… Read the rest
In the christian education wing, we are thrifty. We can make crafts or play a game with a stack of donated egg cartons. It can be intimidating to try to convince your pastor, education board, or financial administrator to approve a budget for faith formation curriculum.… Read the rest
Usually when we think about “intergenerational” church programming, the image we have in our mind is of children and youth sitting around tables or participating in faith forming activities with adults. It’s a beautiful image of intergenerational relationship-building, and it’s an important one.… Read the rest
When it comes to planning your monthly parent and toddler class, your Sunday school programming for the year, or a weekend confirmation retreat, it can be challenging to find the time to organize, prepare, and even train your volunteers. Launched earlier this week, our newest digital curricula platform, Sparkhouse Digital, eases the complexity that comes with your ministry – allowing you more time to focus on what matters.… Read the rest
This summer, we invited the Sparkhouse community to get involved in our Flat Jesus project. The goal simply being to inspire faith and remind children that Jesus is with them wherever they go throughout the crazy time of summer. Hundreds of paper cutouts of Jesus characters have been printed, colored, and sent off for adventures with the Sparkhouse community.… Read the rest