Good Night

Good Night

It’s dinnertime on Saturday and cars line the street. With the doorbell ringing every few minutes, it doesn’t take long for things to get cranking. People troop through the house, depositing soda or side dishes in the kitchen as they go. Some of the moms stay behind...
Beyond Behavior

Beyond Behavior

OPENING DAY EXCITEMENT The room buzzed with energy as the fourth and fifth graders waited for large group to begin. It was our first Sunday as a new church plant—first time in our venue, first time in large group, first time our small group leaders had met their kids,...
Mentoring Teens

Mentoring Teens

He was young—about 16, wiry and full of energy, but not in a frenetic way. As soon as he stepped out, the kids’ eyes were glued to him. He had prepped well; it was obvious he was used to speaking in public and that he knew the story and how to use the props to full...
Early Bird Special

Early Bird Special

Everything was set and ready to go. Stack of Bibles. Activity Pages. Boxes of pencils, scissors, glue—all the paraphernalia needed for the day, the first time my kindergartners and I would meet each other and begin forming our small group. They were new to UpStreet...
Holy Rabbit Chasing

Holy Rabbit Chasing

It began with a snake in the grass. We were huddled together on our circle rug, my second-semester first graders and I, doing our Plug In activity and “speculating” about the Bible story we would hear in a few minutes. “Do you know any stories from the Bible about...

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