The Sunday School Zone Blog

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 Sunday School Zone 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 to The Sunday School Zone Blog, please read more…

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Set a Good Work/Life Example

Kids tend to model their behavior on what they observe their parents doing, which is why it’s so important to set the best example you can early in their lives. Admittedly, that can be a hard thing to do. There are times that parents do things they wouldn’t want their children to do. One of…

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Dad, “Be” Before You “Do”

Father’s Day should be a time of reflection for those who love and honor their dads, but it should be a time of reflection for Fathers as well. Speaking as a dad who has more than his share of failures, I’d like to encourage all dads out there to focus their energies on BEING before…

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Are We Fablizing the Stories of the Bible?

Most of us are familiar with fables. A fable is typically a short story, often (but not always) involving animals as characters, that conveys a moral lesson. Aesop’s Fables* are among the most familiar. Who isn’t familiar with the tale of The Tortoise and the Hare? Steady perseverance can overcome impetuous speed. Such fables can…

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Summer Bible Activity Suggestions

Kids and families are typically ready for a break from school during the Summer months. Road trips, backyard get-togethers, fireworks, and sleeping in are just a few of the memory-making events that can happen while children are not in school. But Summer also can provide a good opportunity for kids to learn more about the…

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Sunday Morning Starts on Saturday Night

In her book, Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship, Dr. Robbie Castleman has many insightful and informative things to say. One chapter that I found particularly helpful and practical is called “Sunday Morning Starts on Saturday Night.” The core truth is summed up in the chapter title, but if you…

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Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman

The fun title and light-hearted cover design of Parenting in the Pew disguise both the breadth and substance of its wonderful content. So don’t be fooled into thinking it’s only relevant to you if you have young (school-aged) children. And certainly don’t be fooled into thinking it’s not worth every penny you invest in purchasing…

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Sustainable Children’s Ministry by Mark DeVries and Annette Safstrom

Are you responsible for leading the children’s ministry in your church? Yes? Then read Sustainable Children’s Ministry. It will change your ministry and your life, unless you’re the “rare bird” out there who has it all together and feels there’s no room for improvement in your ministry. (Even then it’s likely that things aren’t going…

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Intergenerational Christian Formation by Holly Allen and Christine Ross

Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship by Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross is an important book. Anyone with an interest in helping people of ANY age grow in Christ should read it. The typical church in North America today with its age-segregated paradigm needs to rethink its…

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The Value of Bringing Generations Together

Recent decades have seen a growing interest among churches for bringing the generations (different age groups) together for worship, learning, and ministry. This phenomenon, what I and others call “intergenerational ministry,” is actually a resurgence of the way things typically happened in the church in the past. The move toward highly age-segmented ministries at church…

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