Games Christians Play

Sharon Grace BudinEducators Making the Future

What are your favorite games? Are they classics like Monopoly or newer games like Apples to Apples? What do you like about them? As Christian Educators we are always looking for new and fun ways to engage people of all ages in learning Bible stories and Christian concepts. To that end, I propose that any game can become a Christian Education Game. Here are my disclaimers: 1) I am not a lawyer and I do … Read More

Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home

Traci SmithEducators Making the Future

When my oldest son, Clayton, was four months old, he contracted his first cold. The pediatrician said it wasn’t cause for alarm, to monitor him closely, and to bring him back if anything got worse. I spent the whole day worried. I trusted our doctor, but I was a fearful new mom, and my precious baby wasn’t well. That evening, my anxiety got the best of me, and I began to conjure up all kinds … Read More

Toolkits: Resources Your Church Can Use  

Karen DeBoerEducators Making the Future

My church meets in a community center. We sit on folding chairs most often arranged in a semi-circle but occasionally placed around tables so that we can talk and pray together during worship. We have more babies and toddlers than floor space in the nursery so families are encouraged to bring their wee ones with them into worship. I once saw a baby lovingly passed from one person to another down the row, across the … Read More

Peace Puzzles 

Catherine DevinsEducators Making the Future

The idea for Peace Puzzles was born a few years ago, when Gwen Whiteman and I were on our way home from a regional APCE workshop. As a winding road out of the Blue Ridge Mountains led us home to Raleigh, NC, our conversation turned to resources for children. Gwen lamented the fact that she had searched for 20 years for quality Bible story puzzles to use in teaching. She could find Noah’s Ark with … Read More

Even a Little Card Game

Jason Brian SantosEducators Making the Future

Imagine for a moment that you’re standing in the expo hall of the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium, an event that boasts an attendance of close to 5,000 teenagers from all over the country. The atmosphere is charged with the drone of several hundred teenagers as they travel among the various booths. Like bees buzzing from one flower to the next, they hover at each table for only a moment, because they too are on the … Read More

Illustrated Children’s Ministry

Adam Walker CleavelandEducators Making the Future

I have a confession to make. I never really liked children’s ministry. And I hated children’s sermons. Now, as the founder of Illustrated Children’s Ministry, that sounds a little odd. But let me explain. First of all, when I say I hated children’s sermons, I should clarify that I hated the way they were usually  done in churches I served and visited. So often the children’s sermon or children’s moment or Moment for the Young … Read More