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3 Ways we Can Help Cultivate Children’s Love for Jesus

Edited for re-publish by David Sanford, Hearts Alive Writer 1. Talk About Jesus with Children In the Gospels, it’s clear that they loved Jesus because He first loved them. Jesus wasn’t posing for future artists when He invited children to gather around Him. Actually, He didn’t have to do any coaxing. Children loved Him. So

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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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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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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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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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