Teachers

This page was created with Sunday School coordinators and teachers in mind. We hope you’ll find resources that support your ministry with young children. If you don’t find what you need, please email us at kids@toronto.anglican.ca and we’ll do our best to find the information you’re looking for.

Lesson Plans, Lectionary and Biblical Resources

Faith at Home was created by Barb Laufersweiler, an Episcopal layperson who wanted to pass on her ideas and thoughts on faith formation, children, adults, sacramental Christianity and more. There is a great deal of resource material available for Sunday schools and weekday children’s programs. This site is not updated but continues to have a substantial amount of useable material. http://www.faith-at-home.com

The Text this Week features a wide variety of resources for study and liturgy based on the three-year Revised Common Lectionary cycle. The site was created and is maintained by Jenee Woodward, a United Methodist layperson. The site itself is a little overwhelming due to the number of resources, but the children’s resources at the bottom of each set of propers are well worth the search. http://www.textweek.com

Music

Bryan Moyer Suderman – smallTall Music – This site focuses on building up the body of Christ by creating and sharing “songs of faith for small and tall.” Bryan’s passion is to use these songs to inspire God’s children to sing, and to join in God’s great project of peace, justice, reconciliation, love, healing and hope in the world. Bryan is a former youth pastor, teacher and overseas mission worker who holds degrees in theology, history, and
education. His background is Mennonite but he works with children, youth and adults both in and around our diocese as well. Click on the link to learn more about Bryan and his music, workshops and ministry. One resource is his CD “God’s Love is for Everybody,” which has an accompanying song and activity guide. It’s a great way to build music into your children’s program. http://www.smalltallmusic.com/

Rabbit Ranch Music is a recording company that produces music for all ages. You can listen, choose and download music from this site. There is a fairly big selection of Christian children’s music with a link for free music as well. http://www.rabbitranch.com

Workshops

“Songs of Faith for Small and Tall: On Writing and Leading Music for Children of the Church” – It’s been said that much of our image of God is formed by the songs we sing by age 5. In this workshop, Bryan Moyer Suderman will share his passion for writing and leading “songs of faith for small and tall” and explore some of the characteristics and techniques of that music. Participants will be empowered in their own ministries with children by exploring creative ways to learn, teach, write and experience music together. The workshop will invite further discussion about music for children in the church, with a particular focus on the significance of what we sing with children and how we sing with children. Different emphases are available, depending on the interests and needs of the group – e.g.: songwriting and adapting, songleading techniques, intergenerational worship, etc. www.smalltallmusic.com

If you have a workshop related to children’s ministry, submit it to kids@toronto.anglican.ca and we will post the details here.

Arts & Crafts

Danielle’s Place was created by a Grade 2 Sunday School teacher to help other teachers with their Sunday lessons. The site not only has a lot of great craft ideas, but also games, VBS resources and other fun ideas. http://www.daniellesplace.com

DLTK Bible Activities is a site that offers a variety of printable children’s crafts, colouring pages, songs, games, lesson plans and ideas. It’s very straightforward and easy to use. Most of the content could be applied to small or large programs. http://www.dltk-bible.com/

Links to other helpful sites

The United Church of Canada has been a great source of information and support in the creation of these children’s ministry pages. Their resources are well organized and continually updated. They have an abundance of great material for both children’s and adult ministry. http://www.united-church.ca/tags/children

The Diocese of Niagara has a children’s ministry page with helpful resources. The site gives you the ability to search by theme, type of resource or event. It will give you details about a specific resource you may be looking for. http://www.niagara.anglican.ca/children/

Group Publishing has a great site that is strictly centered on children’s ministry. It is an interdenominational company whose mission is to encourage Christian growth in children, youth and adults. It has a great group of resources to enhance children’s ministry. http://group.com/childrens-ministry

Scripture Union Canada – Helping churches connect with children and their families through sports. Interesting site with ideas pertaining to reaching families through baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball. Has information on Bible Guides for all ages. www.scriptureunion.ca

Bookstores & Other Resources

Augsburg Fortress – A non-profit supplier of books and Bibles, curriculum and worship resources, church supplies and ecclesiastical arts, and more. A range of children’s ministry resources is available.

How to shop:

Online on the Augsburg Fortress website

In person at the Augsburg Fortress store at 500 Trillium Drive, Unit 19, in Kitchener (call 519-748-2200).

By phone by calling the order desk at 1-800-265-6397

SmileMakers – A shop for crafts, decor and fun things for kids. Lots of theme resources for VBS. www.SmileMakersCanada.com or 1-800-667-5000

If you need help or have resource ideas, please contact Laura Walton, Volunteer Diocesan Children’s Ministry Network Coordinator, at 416-363-6021 ext. 228 (1-800-668-8932).