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Children's Sunday School Curriculum

How We Reflect God’s Love to Children: Our Spirit Closer to Jesus

This is an updated blog post published originally in 2018. The Mystery of Children In his excellent book, The Mystery of Children, Mike Mason reminds us that “Jesus wants us to become like children because our spirits lived closest to the surface during our childhood. In childhood our hearts are the most transparent, most vulnerable, most

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Grounded in Eternity: Three Simple Reasons Why Intentional Structure Equips Children to Understand Christ.

Summer vacations are winding down. Families are gathering endless amounts of notebooks, pencils, crayons and more in preparation for their children returning to school. Churches and ministries are gearing up for restored rhythms and fresh ministry launches. Countless leaders, like yourself in children’s ministry, are bursting with anticipation over a return to a more structured

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Looking for a Non-Denominational Gospel-Centered Sunday School Program?

Hearts Alive, a non-denominational Sunday school curriculum, introduces children to God through his Word with a strong overview of the story of salvation and how it ties to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This three-year course of study covers the entire Bible and mirrors the liturgical cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary (Cycles A,

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Additonal Crafts & Activities for Spring C

By: Hearts Alive Writer: Sara Buffington Year C Spring Week 1 Craft Activity: The Talking Card Supplies: White lightweight cardstock or construction paper, 1 per child Light colored cardstock or construction paper, 1 per child Scissors Markers, assorted colors Gluesticks   To Prepare: If you plan to do this activity with very young children, you

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Preview of Hearts Alive Sunday School Curriculum Winter C: Advent & Beyond

By Lindsey Goetz, Curriculum Specialist, Writer, and Children’s Director at First Presbyterian Church of Aurora, IL The Hearts Alive Year C–Winter curriculum takes us from the beginning of December all the way to the beginning of March. During that time we will celebrate the season of Advent, the season of Christmas, Epiphany, and the Baptism

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Listen to Hearts Alive Bible Backgrounds

Teachers can listen to Bible Background’s from each week’s Hearts Alive Sunday School lesson, even in the car.  Below is a link that will be updated  on Wednesdays for the following Sunday’s lesson.  Enjoy! SPRING C Hearts Alive Bible Background Spring C Week 13 Hearts Alive Bible Background Spring C Week 12 Hearts Alive Bible

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Children’s Ministry: Practical Tips for Connecting With Parents

By Lindsey Goetz Children, like adults, are spiritually formed in their day-to-day comings and goings, as they play, learn, and grow.  We are formed by what we do and what we love.  What a parent does at home will have much greater and lasting impact than what we can hope to accomplish in a one

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Did You Have A Relationship With Jesus as a Child?

We asked this question to our Hearts Alive writing team.   Their answers inspired and amazed us.  We hope that their testimonies remind you of the awesome responsibility we all have as Children’s Directors and Sunday School teachers.  Thank you to David Sanford for sharing his story with us today. Q: Did you have a relationship

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In Search of a Parenting “Guarantee”

Excerpted from Born To Wander: Recovering the Value of our Pilgrim Identity (Moody Publishers, 2018) By Hearts Alive! contributing writer Michelle Van Loon   Our world at times is coarse, confusing, terrifying, and dangerous. (It is also beautiful.) Most of us feel powerless when we read the headlines or watch the news. Too often, our

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Helping Children Find Themselves in God’s Story

By Lindsey Goetz Before he dies, Moses speaks to the people of God gathered in the wilderness.  It’s been 40 years since they rebelled against God, and most of the generation that disobeyed has given up the ghost.   And yet, when Moses speaks to God’s people, he recounts the stories of their rebellion and

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