Tag Archives: Sunday school

Get Ready to ROAR!

Did you know that God’s voice can sound like a roaring lion? The Bible says in Job 37:2, “Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice; to the rumbling that comes from his mouth” (NIV). God’s voice is bold and fearless in love. His voice speaks what is right and true. We want to teach our kids from an early age to listen to God’s voice and learn to recognize when he is speaking to them. Continue reading

Bolivia: A New Joel

Sunday school in Bolivia.

By Paul and Kattia Jones

Once upon a time, in a small Church of God in Bolivia, South America, there was a four-year-old boy named Joel. He was restless. He participated in very little during Sunday school, and he did not pay much attention to his teacher Irene, either. In addition, he showed his fist to any child who kept looking at him. This type of behavior drew the attention of missionary Kattia Jones, who decided to speak with the teacher. The conversation led to another topic that the missionary suspected was the main reason why Joel behaved that way. Continue reading

May the Bridges I Study Today Light the Way for a Better Tomorrow!

By Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Bridges span, connect, link, in the literal sense over water, roadways and more. We can all visualize those physical bridges. But bridges are so much more. They also connect people, link past to present, tie words and actions… Continue reading

Out of Death, Life: Gathering Celebrates CHOG History, Ohio Church’s Unique Story

Nyle Kardatzke highlighting stories of the CHOG in Elmore, OH at the recent Historical Society retreat.

By Carl Stagner

Stories connect us. They connect us to each other, to our roots, to our God. Stories help us learn from our past—to repeat the good and avoid the mistakes. Jesus used stories to communicate concepts with his listeners, and preachers do the same today. Individuals like the Church of God historian (Gary Agee) and our archivist (Nicholas Stanton-Roark), as well as groups like the Historical Society, strive to preserve, tell, and retell stories, too. Their stories take place within the context of the Church of God movement, and all point to the love of an eternal Father whose provision is not bound by time and space. At a late-June gathering of the Church of God Historical Society in Anderson, Indiana, Nyle Kardatzke was invited as a guest speaker to highlight some of the common experiences of “growing up Church of God”—both serious and whimsical—as well as the unique story of one Ohio church that came to life in the wake of death. Continue reading

Warner Press Releases Children’s Ministry Author Tina Houser’s 18th Book

Warner Press and author Tina Houser continue to grow their relationship with the release of Tina’s eighteenth book, Fascinating Preschoolers. Houser’s latest connects Sunday school teachers to a group of kids that are often overlooked as “too young” to connect to Jesus. She teaches us how to embrace their “fascination” and show them the wonder of the world God created. Continue reading

Warner Press Releases Outreach Resource for Children’s Ministry

Warner Press continues to grow its church and ministry books category with the recent release of Go: Beginning a Kid’s Outreach Ministry by Rachael Groll. Go will add depth to teaching resources for the church, bringing together new ideas and solid experience while working with often overlooked youth. Groll’s book can transform entire communities through a hands-on “sidewalk” ministry. Continue reading

Warner Press Announces Two New Curriculum Series Coming This Fall

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Understanding the Bible and its stories is a key component in developing a strong, lasting faith. To help churches teach these ancient, yet still relevant, stories in interactive, engaging ways, Warner Press is pleased to announce that it will release two new curriculum series, one for children and one for adults, for fall 2016. Continue reading

Still Teaching Sunday School After 72 Years

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Photo: “Miss Bea” teaching Sunday School.

By Carl Stagner

Retirement is not an option. At least it’s not an option when it comes to service of the King. There’s always a work the Lord has for us to do. For Beatrice Nitchman, this sentiment has translated to seventy-two consecutive years of teaching Sunday school. She may be up in years, but she’s not allowing her age to hold her back from doing what she loves, for the children she loves, to the glory of the Father she loves. Down through the years, the children she’s taught may not remember all the facts, figures, and biblical illustrations, but they do remember her love for them. They simply call her “Miss Bea.” Continue reading

New Youth Group Study Answers World Crisis

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Turbulence around the globe can be especially troubling for teenagers, who wonder what the future holds for them. Terrorist attacks, troop deployments, economic downturns, and street violence could change their lives in the coming years, and some teens must deal with these troubles right now.

Surrounded by Trouble is a new thirteen-week elective study published by Warner Press to help teens answer these challenges with faith and hope. Written for middle-school and high-school students, the undated study can be used in groups of any size. Continue reading

Warner Press Appoints New Adult Curriculum Editor

Photo: Kevin Stiffler

Photo: Kevin Stiffler

Rev. Kevin Stiffler, of Tulare, California, will become the new adult curriculum editor at Warner Press upon the retirement of Rev. Sam D. Collins on August 1. Rev. Stiffler will work from his home office in California while Rev. Collins will continue to serve as a consultant for Warner Press. Continue reading

LifeWay Study Identifies Discipleship Ministry Goals

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Church of God congregations seek three outcomes for people involved in their discipleship ministries: to acquire biblical knowledge, to build healthy relationships, and to act on their faith. That is the finding of a recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research of Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading