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  • Activities for Teaching Advent Hymns to Children

    Activities for Teaching Advent Hymns to Children

    The Christmas season brings lots of joy and cheer as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. One of my favorite parts of Advent is the hymns. Advent hymns are some of the most recognizable and...

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  • Two Lesson Plans That Teach about God’s Overflowing Gifts

    Two Lesson Plans That Teach about God’s Overflowing Gifts

    “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5) Around Thanksgiving, we think about being thankful to God for family,...

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  • Reusing and Reinforcing VBS Lessons throughout the Year

    Reusing and Reinforcing VBS Lessons throughout the Year

    It’s hard to believe that only a few short months ago, we were hosting VBS and watching children learn to praise the Lord. Now that we’re no longer in that season and we’re looking towards next...

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  • Simple Activities to Teach Children about Luther’s Rose

    Simple Activities to Teach Children about Luther’s Rose

    “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) God gives children such beautiful faith! Even the smallest members of His...

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  • Teaching Tools to Help Children Learn How to Pray

    Teaching Tools to Help Children Learn How to Pray

    Prayer is one of the most essential parts of the Christian faith. Like any relationship, communication matters, and prayer is a way we stay in conversation with God. It’s a way we express trust in...

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  • Six Activities to Teach Kids about the Reformation

    Six Activities to Teach Kids about the Reformation

    The Reformation, kicked off by Martin Luther on October 31 of 1517, is one of the largest turning points in history. It still affects us today. How can you help children in your church understand...

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  • How to Teach Children about Vocation

    How to Teach Children about Vocation

    What is vocation and how do you teach children about it? Vocation is a word used by the church to mean the work God does through you. He has called you to the vocation of wife, husband, mother,...

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  • Why Routine Matters in Your Children’s Ministry Program

    Why Routine Matters in Your Children’s Ministry Program

    Do you adapt easily to change? While change can be a learning opportunity, it can also be stressful—especially for children. Routines offer consistency that helps children feel comfortable and...

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  • How to Connect VBS with Your Fall Children’s Ministry

    How to Connect VBS with Your Fall Children’s Ministry

    For many churches, VBS is one of the most vibrant events of the year, with a lot of new faces and excitement on the faces of the familiar ones. Kids and adults alike are on cloud nine, praising...

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  • Keeping Middle School Youth Involved after VBS

    Keeping Middle School Youth Involved after VBS

    Does this sound familiar? Middle school youth volunteer for your VBS and seem to have a great time. You watch as they grow alongside the rest of the kids, singing and dancing and cheering along....

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  • Make Bible stories come alive! Use theater!

    Make Bible stories come alive! Use theater!

    During the Middle Ages, common folks were taught the Bible via public plays in the town square. Today, drama can be an incredible tool for relaying Bible truths to your kids. You do not have to be...

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  • Sharing the Gospel through Mission Madagascar

    Sharing the Gospel through Mission Madagascar

    Every year CPH includes a mission project with their VBS so that children all across the country help spread the Gospel through their offerings. Inviting children to give, and showing them how...

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  • Interview with CPH’s 2018 VBS Interns

    Interview with CPH’s 2018 VBS Interns

    We always love having interns at CPH, and this year was no exception! We sat down with our VBS interns, Jayme and Adele, to talk about their experience this summer at CPH. Why did you want to be a...

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  • Tips for Teaching Hymns and Songs to Kids

    Tips for Teaching Hymns and Songs to Kids

    The BRAIN, Brain, Brain, Brain . . . Did you start singing a certain cartoon theme song in your head? Music is a powerful tool that sticks in our memory. As someone who works with children, there...

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  • Extending a Personal Thank You to VBS Volunteers

    Extending a Personal Thank You to VBS Volunteers

    From the music leader to the behind-the-scenes person who makes an emergency run for more snacks, many volunteers are needed to make VBS successful. To encourage VBS volunteers to return year...

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  • 5 Steps to Navigate VBS Feedback

    5 Steps to Navigate VBS Feedback

    Vacation Bible School is one of the best weeks of the summer—but how can you make it even better? By asking for feedback from volunteers and families, you can identify the areas of your VBS that...

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  • 3 Ways to Connect with VBS Parents

    3 Ways to Connect with VBS Parents

    As I looked up from leading the songs at VBS each day this week, I noticed something: The children were singing and watching me for the actions. The leaders were participating and building...

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  • Five Lessons I Learned from VBS

    Five Lessons I Learned from VBS

    Each year’s VBS program brings with it unique joys, memories, and a few challenges. In today’s post, guest blogger and VBS enthusiast Christina Hergenrader shares her top takeaways from this...

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  • Talking about VBS Lessons at Home

    Talking about VBS Lessons at Home

    You pick up your children at Vacation Bible School and you can’t wait to hear about their day. But instead of sharing what they’ve learned, they’re tired, or hungry, or just reticent about their...

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  • Simple Activities to Use During VBS Transition Times

    Simple Activities to Use During VBS Transition Times

    VBS season has rolled around, and whether you’re gearing up for the kids and fun times or if you still have weeks to go before your VBS, it’s always a good idea to be prepared with plenty of extra...

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