Download and print these fun coloring sheets to get kids (and adults!) excited about VBS! This is also a great activity for families to do at home. You can share this download link with parents via email or social media.
Print this fun coloring page for kids to color this Mother’s Day! Download the coloring page here or share this link with families if your church is meeting virtually.
By Sarah Humphrey
Several days a week, I sit down with our kids to teach a devotion for our “family style” portion of school. We sit at the kitchen table while the kids are usually doodling, squishing slime, or forming Play Doh creations, and we dive into a verse or story from the Bible that will guide our day.
My kids ask a lot of questions during this time! They come up with things I would have never thought to ask, they always want to know more details, and they really enjoy a “real life” example. It’s times like these that my heart starts to smile, and I simply say to them: “If you want to love all of life, then learn to love your Bible. It’s in the Bible that God gives us directions, stories, encouragement, and correction for how to live the best way. It’s almost like getting the test before you have to take it!”
They’ve looked at me wide-eyed and said, “Really?!”
We have the best book and the best Dad to learn from. He left us a manual, not only with instructions but also with endless stories of regular people who lived normal and yet extraordinary lives. Every person that God mentions in His book is a person like you and me. No matter where we’ve messed up, been wronged, or done it right, we can relate to someone in Scripture. God loves to take ordinary people and make their lives extraordinary. It all comes down to knowing His stories in His Word, and then hiding the truth in our hearts.
Though it’s a process, the gift of storytelling the Bible is one of the most valuable tools we have with young kids today. As humans, we are enamored by art, song, color, companionship, relational difficulties, and heroic tales– and the Bible is full of that! If we’re looking for strength and growth, we can look at the depth and honesty of Paul’s encouragement. If we want to know more about leadership or history, we can study the Kings and Queens of Scripture. If we want to be inspired by art and nature, we can dive into the wonder of the creation story and how God spoke with His voice to make our world. If we want to know how to be kind, loving, and truthful, we can find endless stories of Jesus healing his friends and taking them with Him to learn more. There is something in the Bible for everyone: hope, encouragement, discipline, joy, grace, mercy, and stories of people who started with nothing and then built a legacy of life.
So the next time your kids need to be reminded that their struggles or their day matters, help them find themselves in a person or story of the Bible! See how God responds in their midst. See how Jesus brings resolution to a seemingly difficult problem. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you all with His still, small voice as you unravel the words from our God-breathed gift of Scripture. As your kids learn the art of doing this on a regular basis, the Living Word will dwell within them (Colossians 3:16), and it becomes exactly the encouragement we all need.
Color the Biblical details with fun and simplicity. Be honest with your life and how God has helped and come through for you as you’ve lived out real scenes from Scripture in everyday happenings. It won’t take long for your kids to see how comforting and true the love of God is. He is faithful, and His stories will live in them for their lifetime. So cuddle on up, and open the Book! Enjoy both the peace and the presence of His story in you.
Sarah is a wife and homeschool mom to three kids while also working as an artist, author, and voice actor. Her writing and doodling can be found in her devotional, “40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood” and her voice in several commercials, children’s books, and audiobooks.
Print out these fun coloring pages for church or home! Encourage kids to hang up their artwork (with a parent’s permission) somewhere they will see it often to help them memorize scripture.
Coloring pages by Sarah Humphrey. Sarah is a wife and homeschool mom to three kids while also working as an artist, author, and voice actor. Her writing and doodling can be found in her devotional, “40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood” and her voice in several commercials, children’s books, and audiobooks.
A great way to reinforce what kids have learned is to have them recreate the story they’ve heard. With this paper bag puppet craft, kids can make different characters from the session’s story and put on their own puppet show. Download the instructions here.
Download these coloring pages to help kids celebrate Valentine’s Day this Sunday! If your church is meeting virtually, share the pages with families via email.
When Jesus left earth and ascended into heaven, He made sure that the disciples were not alone. He gave them the Holy Spirit. Similarly, when we become followers of Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Download this free Maze Challenge to help kids understand that the Holy Spirit guides us!
If your church is meeting virtually, share this link with families so they can do this activity at home.
By Kayla Stevens
Celebrate. The word is simple enough, but in the midst of a pandemic, unrest, and uncertainty, celebration may have taken a backseat in your ministry goals. But these verses in Luke 15 remind us that God celebrates.
“But the father told his servants, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.” (Luke 15:22-24)
Like a father whose son has returned, God celebrates salvation.
And so should we!
As you begin planning what God wants to do in your ministry for 2021, I hope you will anticipate the celebrations to come. Kids in your ministry may experience the life changing power of Jesus this year. As you anticipate and pray for what God will do in the minds and hearts of kids, consider these four touch points of ways to multiply celebration.
Celebrate with the child. Take time to celebrate the child’s newfound faith individually with that child. Look for opportunities to share your joy and excitement through conversations, a card, or a video chat. Your words matter. Convey how you have prayed for this child and his or her salvation and watched God answer. There is no substitute for the personal interaction with the new believer.
Celebrate with the family. Consider the child’s family dynamics and discover appropriate ways to connect and celebrate their child’s newfound faith in Jesus. Provide helpful tools, such as I’m a Christian Now, for parents to walk through with their child. Invite the family to your home and let the child choose the menu. Talk about age-appropriate Bibles that parents or grandparents can provide for the new Christian. Take the opportunity to personally pray for the child and the family. Find creative avenues to involve the whole family in celebrating what God has done in this child’s life.
Celebrate with friends. Create space in your ministry for kids to celebrate with other kids. Kids usually enjoy the special attention that adults give, but there is also something special about kids celebrating God’s work in their lives with other kids. Invite one or two influential kids in your ministry to write cards to the child, congratulating them on their new faith in Jesus. Consider allowing time for the child to share his story and emphasize the value and importance of kids making a personal relationship with Jesus.
Celebrate with the church. Make sure to include the corporate church in the celebration as well. Typically, this celebration happens at baptism or in publicly presenting a new Bible to that child. Other opportunities might include a family re-dedication, inviting leaders involved in this child’s discipleship to join the child and family in a public prayer. Perhaps this child went through a family dedication as a baby or toddler where the family and church committed to partnering together to teach him or her spiritual truth. Now might be an appropriate time to recommit as a church congregation to pray for this new believer. Lead the church congregation to encourage, equip, and partner with this family in prayer and discipleship.
As you join God in celebrating new believers in your ministry, create experiences your kids will remember long into their adulthood years of those who celebrated their new-found faith alongside them.
For additional resources and ways to resource families of new believers in your ministry, visit lifeway.com/kidsdiscipleship.
Kayla Stevens is a Content Editor for Lifeway Kids Team. She is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and William Carey University. Kayla lives in Nashville, Tennessee and has served in Kids ministry for over 10 years.
By Ravin McKelvy
For many of us, we have found ourselves having to get creative with our Christmas traditions. With COVID numbers rising and the weather getting cooler, it can be difficult to find new ways to connect with our kids. While there are many things that may not happen, we can still make this a special time filled with good memories. One way your ministry can do this is by having a front porch Secret Santa.
You may not be able to do an in-person Secret Santa, so this is the perfect way to let your kids know you’re thinking of them. Here’s how you do it:
Pull together some fun, small gifts. These can be stuffed animals, fidget spinners, etc. You could also include a pocket Bible or meaningful book.
Wrap your gifts and include a note that says something like, “Merry Christmas from your Secret Santa at [insert church/ministry name].” It may be fun to also add a memory verse or the verse from that week’s sunday school lesson.
Drop the gifts on the front porch of the kids in your class. Be sure not to be seen when you’re dropping them off. You can ring the doorbell or simply leave the gift on the porch to be found.
Although this season may not look like what we’re used to, we can still create special memories for our kids ministries. Have fun with this front porch Secret Santa and reminding kids about the true gift of this season.