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Hearing God’s Call – Curriculum and Ideas

thinkchildBut 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. Do not be afraid of the people I send you to. I am with you. I will save you,” announces the Lord. 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)

Baptism

A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism – Concise summary of Baptism in the United Methodist tradition

http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/baptism

By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism – In depth discussion of Baptism in the United Methodist tradition

http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/by-water-and-the-spirit-a-united-methodist-understanding-of-baptism

This is Your Baptismal Liturgy – PDF document explaining the different parts of the Baptismal Liturgy

This Is Your 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.

http://childrensministryonline.com/fresh-ideas/confusing-terminolgy-and-spiritual-concepts-for-kids-hearing-gods-voice/

Kids Can Serve God, Too! – Article from MinTools with general teaching suggestions

http://mintools.com/children-spiritual-gifts.htm

Children’s Sermons

Cookie Cutter – from Dollar Store Sermons – God uses everybody-everybody has value regardless of shape etc.

http://dskidsermons.com/2013/01/09/february-3rd-2013-cookie-cutter/

Storypath – Uses the children’s book Not So Tall for Six to illustrate Jeremiah text

http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-august-25-2013/

Worshiping with Children – Children’s sermon especially good for back to school – using text from Jeremiah

http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2013/07/year-c-proper-16-21st-sunday-in.html

Worshiping with Children – Several different illustrations about how God uses you and God is with you always

 http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2013/01/year-c-4th-sunday-after-epiphany-4th.html

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)

http://www.cokesbury.com/forms/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=922296

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.

Lessons and Activities for Vocational Awareness

The Call – Script for 7 minute play for older elementary and teen students about God calling (literally).

http://www.dramatix.org.nz/scripts/christian-walk/435-the-call

This Is Our Time –  DVD – After graduating college, 5 friends each set out to make a difference in the world for God.

http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4565#reviews

Spiritual Gifts

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)

http://www.cokesbury.com/forms/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=908877

Early Signs of God’s Design – a Spiritual Gifts inventory for younger elementary children from ELCA (Lutheran tradition)

http://kidschurchathope.weebly.com/uploads/4/9/9/7/4997869/earlysignsci.pdf

How To Teach Children About Spiritual Gifts – article from Livestrong

http://www.livestrong.com/article/55803-teach-children-spiritual-gifts/

So, What Are Your Spiritual Gifts? (leader’s guide) – Spiritual Gifts unit from Word/Action Publishing

https://www.nph.com/vcmedia/2399/2399700.pdf

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