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/ 10 - 12 years
Susan Riley
 
Teaching kids about God and witnessing those moments when they genuinely "get it"-it's one of the greatest gifts in all of children's ministry. And even though many voluntee...
 
Encourage your church to give the children in your ministry a Prayer Valentine. Around the first of February, write each child's name and age on a red cut-out heart. On the ...
 
Our preteen ministry challenges kids to invite friends who aren't connected to a church to an all-day event hosted during a day when school's on a teacher break day (which h...
Nick Diliberto
 
I took a step but couldn't move. I looked down to find a preteen lying on the floor locking my feet together with his arms. He seemed to want my attention, so I cracked a fe...
 
Stuff you'll need: Pan of unsliced, baked cookie bars; wire cutters, 20 gauge X 18-inch green floral stem wire; scissors; 1/4-inch-wide red satin ribbon; plastic wrap; stai...
Larry Shallenberger
 
A recent eye-opening experience led me to a surprising, shocking conclusion: Most of us, when it comes right down to it, really aren't comfortable having children follow Je...
Jennifer Hooks
 
We want kids to pray and trust God for answers, but when it comes to the really big prayers -- the ones that need a miracle -- how do we pray with kids? Whether quiet...
Henry Zonio
 
In a random fourth-grade class not too long ago, the teacher recited that week's verse with the kids. But only a few were repeating the verse along with him. Finally, one b...
Deb Vos and Todd Hair
 
Got time on your hands and a room full of kids-but you've used up all your lesson? Here's your indispensable guide for turning unexpected time into unexpected joy. ...
 
  Ideas for families to discover the Good News of Easter--from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday.   Palm Sunday Discovery Easter Tree of Promises...
 
I grew up in a middle-class neighborhood near Chicago in the 1940s and 50s where I lived with my parents and brother. By the time I was a preteen, I already had plans for c...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Here's how to keep today's techno kids from "powering down" the minute they walk into your room... Recently I casually observed a mixed-age ministry program in a s...
 
Here are recommendations on books so kids can learn more about Heather Whitestone, a Christian and the first physically challenged woman to win the crown of Miss America. ...
Ali Thompson
 
"Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, 'Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples' " (Luk...
Patrick Snow
 
Preteens. They're silly, goofy, and obnoxious. They can't sit still and seldom pay attention. They love screaming and doing anything that involves getting messy. And that's ...
Jody Capehart
 
HOW CHILDREN SOLVE PROBLEMS Older children consider peers more important than family at this age. They'll watch how their peers solve problems. At about 11 years old, mos...
 
1. A Bird's Eye View-(Supplies: paper and markers.) Send children to tables with paper and markers. Say: Pretend that you were a bird at Jesus' birth. Draw what you w...
Bob Singleton
 
We were in the studio working on our new album when my music assistant and I began to rehearse the kids chorus. It's my favorite time in the studio, working with a group of ...
 
Every ministry has them -- quirky corners, pesky problems, and messy mishaps. Here are simple solutions you can use to make sense of common conundrums. WHAT A SIGHT ...
Tracy Carpenter
 
There's no shortage of news--that is, good news about kids doing great things! Check out these amazing boys--and what their selfless acts can mean for your ministry. Ev...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Be sure to make each of your preteens feel extra special on their birthday this year with these 16 creative birthday greeting ideas. First Greeting-Find out from the c...
Peter Christian Olsen
 
What kids really know--and think--about the Bible "The first book of the Bible is called guinessis. God created the world. When he got tired, he took the Sabbath day...
William Chad Newsom
 
I know Jesus said he had all the power, but is that the same power that Pokemon and Digimon characters have?" "Moses parted the Red Sea, but have you seen what Harry Potte...
Lisa Cowman
 
Use these 14 playful ideas to reinforce your lessons about the Word of God. It's been a long week, and Saturday night has you scrambling through your lesson plan. Quickly...
Gordon West
 
Spend time with children's ministry leaders these days and one of the topics of conversation is sure to be ministry to sixth-graders. What works with this unique age group? ...
Gordon West
 
Stopping at a fast-food restaurant with a bus full of kids can take way too much time and create a headache for the restaurant staff and customers. That may not be the publi...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Transforming your Sunday school classroom into an exciting learning environment for kids can be tough on a budget. Here are 19 ideas that'll cost you next to nothing... U...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
The 16 A+ ideas in this special section will keep your kids from playing hooky from church! Yellow school buses. Crisp backpacks. The smell of new school supplies. The so...
Scott Kinner
 
Looking back at your last lesson, what did your kids learn? It's not such a simple question. Here are ways to make your lesson learner-based and maximize each child's poten...
Carmen Kamrath
 
Faster than a prayer on wings, more powerful than dynamite, able to leap over any problem. Introduce Jesus as the real hero kids can look up to. But first, understand what q...
Gordon West
 
Fifth and sixth graders don't want to be treated like little children. They want to feel important! Here's how to pull off a training program that'll inspire kids this age....
Kurt Johnston
 
About six months ago, I had heart surgery. It happened suddenly, I didn't see it coming, and I haven't discussed it much. But I think it's time to go public. "Bree," an ...
 
Mix preteens, adults, and a whole bunch of questions about Jesus, and what do you get? Chuckles, ah-has, and insights -- about kids, their faith, and your ministry. In t...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Use these preteen spiritual gift inventories with kids to help them discover their God-given gifts and talents. Spiritual Gifts Inventory for Children Spiritual Gifts...
Christine Yount Jones
 
Cue the eerie music... "It's the middle ground between light and shadow...between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge...Enter, if you will, The Preteen...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Use these ideas to help kids who are struggling through stressful times. Kids are under a lot of stress -- at school, in extracurricular activities, and at home. A study ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
download a PDF of this Children's Ministry Magazine Extra here All people learn differently -- regardless of age. Whether you look through the lens of Gardner's Multipl...
Marty Alan Michelson
 
The Bible tells us to, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." This proverb is as old as Solomon, but as relevant as t...
Sue Geiman
 
"Feelings" are more than an old song; they're the key to amazing learning in your classroom! I sit on the bench under the trees, smiling as I see little hand- and footpri...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Instead of a card, I mail out these unique birthday wishes to my kids on their special day -- along with a refreshing, sweet treat. I purchase Kool-Aid drink packets and att...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Preteens are becoming independent thinkers and doers. Guide them during this step toward maturity with these tips. Offer choices. Stop making all the decisions. Let pr...
Rick Chromey
 
Permit me to reveal the secret to really loving preteens. For if I'm culturally hip to Hannah Montana and am truly smarter than a fifth-grader, but have not love, I'm jus...
Mary Ellen Drushal
 
Children usually learn to read by recognizing combinations of letters. Learning to teach is similar. Qualities and skills combine to make the teaching process understan...
Danielle Bell
 
3 tools to gauge kids score spiritually Growing up as an avid soccer player, I was blessed with a high school coach who poured countless hours of drills and skills int...
Dale Hudson
 
Feedback from parents is vital to your ministry's growth, health, and longevity. Here's the ultimate guide on how to ask for it. Parents are our greatest allies in ch...
Carol Younger
 
Storytelling tips for the novice and the expert. It can happen in almost any class. Kids are engaged in learning through hands-on experiences, and then it hits. The class...
 
Nurturing conversations with God and children at every stage. Prayer is as simple as a conversation with a best friend and as powerful as asking a king for help. How can...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Understand how kids of all ages make friends and how you can nurture friendships Ages 2 to 4 Sharing Young children depend on others to help them develop positive s...
Rick Chromey
 
The great Bible teachers leave a mark. They masterfully carve God into our lives. They reveal an inconceivable forgiveness. They expose divine opportunities. They detail ...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Time is money." We've all heard that. But time is a lot more than just money -- it's the most precious, non-recyclable commodity we have. For some teachers, time is somet...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Our children's correspondence team is a group of children who've committed to express compassion and encouragement to people in our church by writing notes and letters. Each...
Jill Nelson
 
Peer pressure. Say those two powerful words, and they can strike fear in your heart! But add the word "positive" and you have a tool that will help kids learn...to make ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Put kid quotes in your church newsletter from kids in your congregation. For example, print kids' answers to the question: What do you love most about your parents? Kids ...
Laurie Copley
 
Sarah ran out of the classroom, tears streaming down her face. The sting of the girls' taunts and jeers cut her to the quick. Why were they so cruel? All she longed for was ...
Susan Shadid
 
Have you ever been in a classroom where you can see or hear another group of kids interacting and having fun -- and you're not? The other teacher and group are lively, but y...
Steve Merritt
 
Once on a trip, when our car unexpectedly stopped moving forward, a cranky tow truck driver showed up looking like a grizzly bear rudely awakened from his winter hibernation...
Kristi Rector
 
Uh, oh! Those words, spoken by a child, can send a chill of dread down the spine of every teacher -- what catastrophe awaits? Kids seem to naturally attract small disast...
 
Take a sneak peek at what Christian kids really think about God, faith, church, and their world. How often have you wondered about what's going on in kids' minds? If o...
Rick Chromey
 
Mean Girls Preteen girls can be mean-really mean. Girls between ages 9 and 11 are breaking away from parental influences and are more influenced by their peers. Mean girl b...
 
Research shows that laughter plays an important role in both physical and mental health. Laughter releases endorphins, chemicals in your body that produce an overall feel-go...
Tracy Carpenter
 
Kids can access technology anywhere,any time. An online expert looks at the deeper meaning behind this phenomenon-and what it signifies for kids' faith. The kids in your ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Insights from experts on how to answer kids' toughest questions You've heard it before: That question from a child that stops you cold and leaves you searching for the ri...
Jennifer Root Wilger
 
HOW CHILDREN ARE MOTIVATED Children at this age are motivated by approval. They're making exciting advances in their physical abilities, and they look to adults to affir...
Amy Nappa
 
I'm a college graduate with a minor in Bible. Therefore I was quite confident when I sat down to tackle "learning activities" from a variety of Sunday school curricula. I ch...
Terry Vermillion
 
In this corner, weighing 165 pounds: Brad Fife, Sunday school teacher extraordinaire. In that corner, weighing .10 pounds: the champion, fuddy-duddy Sunday school curric...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
The questions kids ask about God-and how to respond. "God can change himself into a baby," 4-year-old Nicholas mused. To many children, God is a magical being that ma...
 
As the teacher of a fifth- and sixth-grade Sunday school class, my husband wanted to set a good example when the lesson called for both the kids and the teacher to write dow...
Lori Haynes Niles
 
No two snowflakes are alike. These amazingly complex demonstrations of God's handiwork are absolutely unique, shaped by a complex interchange between temperature, moisture c...
Stephanie Martin
 
At ages 10, 11, and 12, preteens are still technically in the children's ministry category-but they consider themselves too old for elementary activities. They want to be tr...
Stephanie Martin
 
"EVERYBODY is shrinking!" That's what one sixth-grader told Jim Still-Pepper, a psychologist in Ohio. And in a very real sense, it's true. While the rest of the world see...
Christine Yount Jones
 
At a recent family gathering, Bev glanced out the front window to where the children were playing. What she saw shocked her. An 11-year-old boy ran up to an 11-year-old ...
Jennifer Hooks
 
As you enter your fifth-grade classroom, you notice several kids gathered around Kate, a popular student, in the back of the room. As you approach the group, you hear the fo...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Each new Sunday school year means new faces, new personalities, and new opportunities to create a classroom environment that keeps kids coming back. Great activities, re...
Dana Wilkerson
 
  Strategies for getting your kids hopelessly hooked on reading the Bible. "Hmmm. What if a customer wanted cheese on his hamburger?" "I wouldn't put it on. I'...
Tony P. Lane
 
7 essentials for developing, enhancing, and growing kids' faith. I started teaching Sunday school when I was 12. That was a while ago. Throughout my years in the clas...
Mary J. Davis
 
Bring on the white stuff with an avalanche of 20 free children's ministry activities and ideas for kids, families, and teachers... Whether kids live in the north, south, ...
 
From Instant Skits for Children's Ministry. Topic: Obeying Parents Scriptures You Might Read: Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20 The Scene: A living room The Simp...
Scott Kinner
 
When your lesson is broken...how to fix it every time. Here's a simple question: Looking back at your last lesson, what did your kids learn? Don't answer that too quickly...
 
Clowns make children laugh. Smile. Snicker. Clowns can captivate a child without saying a word. And a clown can teach a lesson a child will never forget. Clowning involve...
Christine Yount
 
We just moved into a new house. And for three weeks we were without any television hookup. Then my husband and a friend climbed up into the attic and put in a new antenna. T...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Use these 8 science activities to plug into kids' curiosity about the way things work-and connect them to God. With the controversy of evolution versus creationism, we ...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Say goodbye to a blah classroom with these 19 quick and cheap makeover ideas. Ugh. The bleak walls. The boring layout. The stale carpet. The blank bulletin boards. You ha...
 
15 new ideas to help you start a winning season of ministry to children. Before you know it, school will be kicking back into gear. If you're a children's ministry direc...
Dale Hudson
 
7 amazingly simple but effective ways to reach today's visual generation. A great task lies before you. You're in a room full of children, and you're trying to keep orde...
Mark Harper
 
Whether you're a Harry Potter fan or not, J.K. Rowling's amazingly popular books can give you critical insights for children's ministry. I try to think of myself as an o...
Carmen Kamrath
 
The alarming trend of young kids on a quest to be thin can rob your children of their very lives. Find out how you can help kids and parents avoid the snare of food-related ...
Mike and Amy Nappa
 
Children's ministers' resolutions for the new year -- and none of them are about dieting! Find out what's important to your colleagues this year. It's a new year. Time f...
Cindy Kenney
 
Theme ideas to turn up the heat when your ministry cools off... It's that time of the year. The skies are gray, the air is cold, and kids would rather be home sleepin...
Amy Nappa
 
8 ways to get your creative juices flowing. If, as the author of Ecclesiastes says, there's nothing new under the sun, why do other people seem to come up with so many n...
 
  Make these buns the night before Easter to serve to children on Easter morning. Children will enjoy biting into these buns to find that they're empty-just as Jesus...
 
Give your kids a positive shot in the arm with these ideas. If there's one thing kids need today, it's an immunity to low self-esteem. Many children are so infected by p...
Christine Yount Jones
 
"For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you in advance" (M...
Carol Younger
 
It can happen in almost any class. Kids are engaged in learning through hands-on experiences, and then it hits. The class forms a circle for story time and the mood sours. A...
Vince Isner
 
A friend was telling the story of Jesus walking on the water as a children's sermon. "As I explained to them how Peter got out of the boat and walked toward Jesus," he said,...
Sheila Halasz
 
How to Keep Your Subs From Sinking: Create a survival kit to help substitute teacher succeed. My phone rang early Sunday morning. I dreaded answering it. I knew who was c...
Joyce Platek
 
Want to know how to conquer kids' learning obstacles? If after every lesson your kids can say, "We came, we saw, we heard, we touched," they'll also be able to say, "We conq...
Brent Van Elswyk
 
How children learn Bible stories--and ways to teach them. AGE 2 to 5 years HOW CHILDREN LEARN Young children like to be read to with age-appropriate books. They like ...
Julie Shaffer and Heather Ward
 
Here are 4 ways to help explain how God wants us to make wise choices for ourselves. 1. FOLLOW ME When children arrive, lead them in a game of Follow the Leader. T...
Paul White, Ph.D.
 
From: September/October 1992 Children's Ministry Magazine Keywords: News Insights AGE 2 to 4 years HOW CHILDREN REACT TO THE NEWS When preschoolers overhear stor...
Chuck Bakinderchuck
 
Kids love to laugh. They need to laugh. In fact, I would go so far as to say that without humor, children never really live. God has given people the capacity to laugh. T...
 
We've had a variety of events on New Year's Day. Use our ideas to ring in the new year at your church. Have a Bigger and Better scavenger hunt. Form groups of six chi...
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