Before we roll into the Advent and Christmas season, it’s time to take a look back on November and all the goodness it had to offer! This month, we kicked off the holiday season with a focus on gratitude – and blog posts that offer tips for ministry leaders and their communities to remember to celebrate the reason for the season this Advent and Christmas – Jesus’ birth!
Check out the blog posts that you loved the most this month!
How to navigate tough topics with family over the holidays
In a time where things feel more divisive than others, it can feel overwhelming and anxiety-inducing to think about the conversations that may occur over the dinner table at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the holiday events in between. In this blog post, Sparkhouse’s Carla Barnhlil shares her tips for how you can navigate tough topics with family during holiday events.
Giving thanks in November (and beyond)
In November, Sparkhouse celebrate a month of gratitude with different opportunities to share thanks. Even though we are already looking forward to December, there’s still an opportunity to put this into practice for the days to come! Read our full blog post for ideas (including 30 days of gratitude on our free downloadable calendar).
Should you use a free Sunday school curriculum?
If you go to Google and type “free Sunday school curriculum,” hundreds – if not thousands – of options will be available. But, should you use them? Do they give your kids a good Sunday school experience? Check out our three things to consider before you embark down a free curriculum journey.
Facing the holidays without a loved one
Pastor Mary Lindberg has worked with community members over the years as they face the holidays without a loved one. In this special blog post, she shares ideas for how communities can come together and support those who may be facing grief during the holiday season.
How do you teach Christmas to preschoolers?
Preschoolers learn in a much different way than older kids. Repetition and play are at the core of how they learn (among other things!). Check out how you can teach Christmas and the TRUE reason for the season to preschoolers this Advent and Christmas season in this blog post!
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