Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jesus' Great Big Family - Engaging Children with Jesus' Genealogy


Genealogy of Christ from Joan Eppehimer on Vimeo.

A few weeks ago we began the study of the New Testament in Sunday School. The first lesson called for the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1. "Now how am I going to engage the children with this?" I thought. The curriculum suggested drawing a stick figure for each name on a board OR using post-its with the names on them. I had a better idea - how about printing stick figures with the names on card stock and using a pocket chart. You can access the printed sheets here.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

DIY Polar Bear Cave


We made this really cute polar bear cave with crinkled up white paper (actually used same paper in 2 churches), cotton batting, "Buffalo Snow." ice chest ice blocks, blue cloth and lots of tape. You can watch the video below to see how it got put together.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Building Through Bowling




An important aspect of children's ministry is spending time with the kids outside of church. We took our Sunday School kids bowling over spring break.

Why are times like this important? Kids need adults in their lives - and 60 minutes on a Sunday morning or Wednesday night is not enough.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Childhood Formation



This is a short picture video I made to promote the fact that by the time a child is age 5, their lifelong concept of God has been formed. I used it to promote our Vacation Bible School.

You could cut the end off re: VBS and use it to promote any ministry to children. All the pictures are our own. I used the You Tube video editing tools that were still available the summer of 2017.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Esther and Purim, the Jewish Mardi Gras

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Esther is the perfect story to teach children (and adults) about God's sovereignty. From Esther's becoming Queen to the king not being able to sleep the night before Haman plans to have Mordecai executed you can trace God's hand all through the book.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DIY Foldable Bible Flashcards for Story Telling


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Remember the old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words."? Well, maybe you don't and I am really showing my age, but the point is truer than ever today. This generation is by far the most visual there has ever been. Whatever the cause is, the fact remains, you should use visuals when you teach.