Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents Starting October 1

These posts are designed to review the lesson, so plan for them to appear in your ministry’s social media accounts after you’ve taught the lesson in your ministry. Also, if you share social media accounts with other ministries in your organization, coordinate with...
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Progress Not Perfection

If you have said yes to the next generation and your committing to dig your heels in and see real life change in the families you serve then you need to brace your self for disappointment. We are all broken people and we’re trying to lead broken people....
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Preparing Supplies for your Weekly Large Group Production

The 252 Kids-Large Group Production can be many children’s favorite aspects of their Sunday morning experience. Having said that, preparing for the large group production can be challenging. Gathering and preparing supplies and/or props can take a lot of time each...
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Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for September 24

Sunday mornings are like game day for children’s ministry. Just like any good coach, gather your team of volunteers for a pre-game pep talk. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion to kick the morning...
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Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents Starting September 24

These posts are designed to review the lesson, so plan for them to appear in your ministry’s social media accounts after you’ve taught the lesson in your ministry. Also, if you share social media accounts with other ministries in your organization, coordinate with...
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Social Media Plan for Parents Starting September 10

Social Media Plan for Parents Starting September 10

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How to Help Elementary Schoolers Develop Friends

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