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The Sunday School Zone Blog contains insights on children’s spiritual formation as well as tips, ideas, and suggestions to help Christian parents and leaders as they work with kids of all abilities (and even adults with special needs) at home, church, and school. If you would like to contribute to the blog, please visit our Writer Inquiries page and then send us an explanatory email at [email protected] describing the kind of writing you’d like to do. We welcome those who have something of substance to say to Christian parents and teachers of children. You already know that Sunday School Zone offers tons of free, printable Bible activities for kids. If you think you’d like to contribute, please read more…

Behind the Smiles: What Are Your Kids Really Going Through?

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous…” (1 Pet. 3:8, KJV). You spend a lot of time trying to manage your kids in Bible class. Shushing, instructing, correcting. In many sessions they may seem like a mass of silly giggles. But behind the…

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Has Faith-Based Animation Been Left Behind?

Unlike any other time in the past, Christian movies have begun to penetrate the film market in a vibrant way. Christian adults are more and more excited to see faith-based content that speaks to them, not just emotionally, or entertainingly, but also spiritually. Content that encourages them to live their lives better. I applaud this.…

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Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines

I just finished reading Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines. If you’re like my wife, you are well acquainted with Chip and Joanna Gaines. Or is it Joanna and Chip Gaines? The fact that I even find myself wondering about that should tell you something about the character of this couple who star in HGTV’s Fixer…

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The Magic of Gratitude: Learning To Be Thankful in a Stressful World

“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18). Do you ever find yourself in a situation you’d like to wish yourself out of? Wouldn’t it be great if there were some magic words you could say that would transform any moment in your life…

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Discipleship And The Resurrection

Those of us with responsibility for discipling kids either as parents or leaders feel the pressure of this great responsibility. We know from experience the value of a life lived for Jesus and the strength and hope that brings us. We want our children to grow to know it as well. But it’s not just…

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Holiday Overload: Church Edition

You have probably already experienced this, walking into any department store in late Summer or early Fall. You know, you walk into the store around the end of September, your summer tan still fresh on your face and you are ambushed by HallowThanksgiveMas. What is that you may ask? That is our new hybrid holiday…

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Dealing With Siblings In Class

It’s great when families attend church together. That’s one of our goals, right? We want to get families in church, don’t we? But sometimes it does not seem so great when siblings wind up in the same Sunday School class. If your class includes multiple grades, then you might find yourself dealing with this issue.…

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The Dangers of Over Commitment

If you have spent any amount of time in one church, you know just how busy church calendars can get. Even a small church, like my own, can fill up a monthly calendar quickly. Once you let the holidays roll around (adding even more activities to your calendar) you can really start to feel the…

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The Importance of Faithfulness in Teaching

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9). No doubt about it, dealing with kids week after week can make you weary. The messes, the squabbling, the wiggling. These things can take a toll on you. Do you ever find yourself…

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