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Ministering to special needs children and their families is a missing focus for many churches. Here are a few simple tips you can implement today as you think about ministering in the future.

Inviting Special Needs Children into Our Church Classrooms

  Then He turned to the host. “The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be—and experience—a blessing. …

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Our Standard of Measurement for Life Object Lesson

  Discuss the history of measurement with this object lesson as you teach children why we need a measure, or standard, for living: The Bible. Scripture Focus: Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13, Proverbs 20:10 Materials Needed: paper, pencils/pens, scissors, Bible Standard of Measurement for Life Object Lesson: {Have the kids trace one of their …

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Honesty Object Lesson

  How honest are you? Are “little lies” ok? What does God think about lying? Explore these questions and more in this Honesty Object Lesson based on Adam and Eve from Genesis 3. Scripture Focus: Genesis 3 Materials: 2 pieces of Construction Paper, glue stick Background: God spoke and created the earth, the heavens, and …

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The Prodigal Son Surprise Bible Lesson

  Scripture: Luke 15: 11-32 Materials: Copy paper box, craft paper, party hats, stickers, labels with memory verse printed on them, graham crackers, Popsicle sticks, small plates, icing, markers/crayons, The Storybook Bible Memory Verse: “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to …

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The Lord’s Supper Object Lesson

  Resources: Video about “the Lord’s Supper” Materials: bread, grape juice,12 cups, small toy prizes, shaving cream, candy, ping pong ball (Put a toy prize or a piece of candy into each cup. Include some cups with shaving cream in them. Have paper towels handy.) Scripture Verse: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 6:51 Target audience: ages …

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Blanket of Comfort Object Lesson

    Use a blanket in this object lesson to teach that the Holy Spirit will wrap us in comfort whenever we face difficult times in life. Scripture Focus: John 14 Materials: Blanket and/or stuffed animal {Hold up the blanket. Say:} When you look around you have probably seen toddlers carrying around a blanket or …

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Creatively Resourcing on a Small KidMin Budget

  Unlike other ministries within the church, Children’s Ministry is very materials-driven. By that, I mean that you can purchase curriculum for an adult class, make sure you have coffee and Styrofoam cups, and you’re good to go!  Sure, for Youth you need sporting equipment and lots of pizza, but how often do they have …

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The Problem with Pride and Perfection in KidMin

  It was 3:30am when I unlocked the door to my condo, stepped inside and thought, Do I want to get a couple hours of sleep before getting ready for church, or should I just stay up since it’s almost morning anyway? I had just finished decorating the children’s church area and I was quite …

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Make It Relevant: Teaching the Truth to a Mixed-Age Group

  “But God, I don’t teach KIDS!!” This was my argument with God at the beginning of this ministry year. You see, we had just moved (again) overseas courtesy the US Navy, and we were still getting our bearings. I knew that there was AWANA here, and I had been in contact with the couple …

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How to Use Prayer Stations with Children

  And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. ~ Matthew 6:7 Prayer. You need it, your kids need it. Like water to our very souls, the importance of prayer cannot be overstated. But how do you …

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