7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I’m only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to. You must say everything I command you to say. 8 Do not be afraid of the people I send you to. I am with you. I will save you,” announces the Lord. 9 Then the Lord reached out his hand. He touched my mouth and spoke to me. He said, “I have put my words in your mouth.
Jeremiah 1:7-9 (NIRV)
A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism – Concise summary of Baptism in the United Methodist tradition
By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism – In depth discussion of Baptism in the United Methodist tradition
This is Your Baptismal Liturgy – PDF document explaining the different parts of the Baptismal Liturgy
Blog Posts and Articles
Confusing terminology and spiritual concepts for kids: Hearing God’s voice – a blog post about the language we use with children about discerning God’s call.
Kids Can Serve God, Too! – Article from MinTools with general teaching suggestions
Cookie Cutter – from Dollar Store Sermons – God uses everybody-everybody has value regardless of shape etc.
Storypath – Uses the children’s book Not So Tall for Six to illustrate Jeremiah text
Worshiping with Children – Children’s sermon especially good for back to school – using text from Jeremiah
Worshiping with Children – Several different illustrations about how God uses you and God is with you always
Curriculum Units and Lesson Plans
Ginghamsburg CrossTrainer – Kids on Mission – Kids on Mission teaches children ages 8-11 about the value of serving others through Christ-centered activities including prayer, time, work, gifts, and money. (United Methodist tradition)
Lessons and Activities for Vocational Awareness – from Archdiocese of Detroit (Catholic tradition) – Good selection of developmentally appropriate activities for grades K-8 – one lesson/grade level.
The Call – Script for 7 minute play for older elementary and teen students about God calling (literally).
This Is Our Time – DVD – After graduating college, 5 friends each set out to make a difference in the world for God.
Ginghamsburg CrossTrainer – Uniquely You: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts – Uniquely You provides knowledge for children ages 8-11 about spiritual gifts and how to use them to fulfill God’s purpose. Children are provided with the necessary training gear to further develop and enhance their individual giftedness and uniqueness. (United Methodist tradition)
Early Signs of God’s Design – a Spiritual Gifts inventory for younger elementary children – from ELCA (Lutheran tradition)
How To Teach Children About Spiritual Gifts – article from Livestrong
So, What Are Your Spiritual Gifts? (leader’s guide) – Spiritual Gifts unit from Word/Action Publishing