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How Teach One Reach One Can Help Your Ministry to Kids and Teens (Inc. Lots of Free Resources!)

How Teach One Reach One Can Help Your Ministry to Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneYou may have just stumbled upon Teach One Reach One or perhaps you attended one of our workshops, seminars or classes and are wondering what other resources we have to help you.

God has blessed this ministry and we are constantly adding to the resources designed to help Christian parents and the volunteers working with kids and teens in churches, faith-based tutoring programs and on the mission fields of the world.

Currently, these are just some of the resources you can find on our website or can attain by contacting us directly through the contact us feature on our websites.

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Fun Ways to Encourage Kids and Teens to Pray Independently

Fun Ways to Encourage Independent Students Prayer - Teach One Reach One

Prayer Piñata

There are so many things you want to do in the short amount of time you are given to teach your students during Bible class. You feel rushed and may even forget to have the simplest of class prayers. How much time do you have to devote to helping your students develop an independent prayer life? Yet praying is one of the most important and helpful things a Christian can do.

You may be tempted to give an occasional lecture or even a lesson on prayer. The reality though is that for many of your students, the point of the lesson will be forgotten as soon as they leave the building. What if you could send something fun home to remind them to pray every time they saw it? Could those little reminders encourage them to pray independently and more frequently than they do currently?

There is no scientific study to prove it will help, but I know often a visual reminder will help me remember to do something I wanted to do. Otherwise my intentions of establishing a new spiritual habit can get lost in the craziness of real life. Here are a few of my favorite prayer reminders:

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Great Thanksgiving Service Project for Kids and Teens

Let Me Get You Something To Eat – Teach One Reach OneLooking for a great service project for your students that can have meaningful ties to your Bible lessons? Thanksgiving In A Box is a great one which can be done in conjunction with studies of Ruth, Abraham (and his “angels unaware”), Susannah and Joanna and many other Bible stories.

In our congregation’s Esther Girls class this coming Sunday, for example, we will study Susannah and Joanna. Mentioned in the Bible only briefly, they played an important role in the ministry of Jesus. (Luke 8:3)

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Using Service Projects in Children’s Bible Classes

Rock Soup Food Drive – Teach One Reach OneRead through the Bible and you may just be surprised how many times God commands us to serve others – either in general or very specifically. God understands there are times in life that all of us will need a bit of extra help from others. He wants us to be willing to step up and be that person who helps. He also wants us to learn to use those opportunities to show God’s love for others and point them to Him – either through encouragement (for Christians we serve) or faith sharing.

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Fun Empathy Activity for Children’s Bible Classes

Teaching Students About Empathy - Teach One Reach OneIf you are aware of anything that has happened in the news lately, the world seems to be more divided and violent than it has in recent years. You may have had some discussions with your students about how God wants us to treat others.

What you may not know is that brain science has revealed what we normally do in an effort to create empathy can actually do the opposite. We spend a lot of time in many empathy activities emphasizing the differences between our students and others.

While that may be interesting and educational, it can also have a negative byproduct. Emphasizing differences can widen the perceived emotional distance between your students and the others about whom you are teaching them. If that distance becomes too great, brain science has shown our brains will dehumanize those people. In Christian language, it removes their souls and allows us to act towards them in unChristian ways and even refuse to share the Gospel with them.

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