Friday, October 05, 2012

Nursery Curriculum

One participant at my recent Yes You Can! seminar asked if I could recommend curriculum for the nursery and toddler level child. Here are several curriculum recommendations:

Standard carries curriculum for toddlers as part of their HeartShaper curriculum. Check Standard's website for other nursery level books.

First Look is a web-based curriculum for nursery through 5 year olds.

 Baby Beginnings from GospelLight

Play and Worship from Group Publishing

I love Gospel Light's slogan for their nursery material: "It's never too early to teach children about Jesus."  Research has shown that the first five years of a child's life are the most formative: emotionally, socially, spiritually and intellectual. We don't have to see the church nursery as merely a babysitting service.  Let's make every moment a teachable moment - even in our church nurseries.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Yes You Can!

This past weekend, I was privileged to teach the Yes You Can! teaching ministry seminar to area churches in Western Illinois. It was a fun-filled weekend as we discovered together how God can use our unique gifts to train others how to live the Christian faith.

During the Friday evening and Saturday morning sessions, we discussed what we will learn as we gain experience in teaching, characteristics or our learners, what a gifts-based ministry looks like, and how to construct a leson. We learned from each other as we participated in Bible learning activities and a question and answer time of some of those pesky questions a teacher wants to ask but might be afraid to admit they need to ask.

I'd love to share this seminar with other groups.  If your church is interested in hosting a Yes You Can! Seminar in your area, contact me at