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…

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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Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is the day when many Christians remember and celebrate Jesus’ final meal (the Last Supper or Lord’s Supper). Many church traditions do not use the term or do anything particular to recognize the day. Consequently, many inside and outside the church are unfamiliar with “Maundy Thursday.” Note: A printable PDF of this article…

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Jesus’ Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday)

All four Gospels tell us about Jesus’ triumphal entry, the day Jesus entered Jerusalem on a young donkey. Only John, however, tells us that particular Sunday was the Sunday before Jesus’ crucifixion. That places the event at the beginning of Jesus’ final week before his death, resurrection, and eventual ascension. Note: A printable PDF version…

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The Passover Festival

The Passover Festival or celebration is central to a biblical understanding of who Jesus was and what He did. The Passover originated when God passed over the land of Egypt and took the life of “every firstborn male in the land” (Ex. 11:5). In order to escape this final judgment on Egypt, each Hebrew household…

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