Love First

A Children’s Ministry for the Whole Church

Colette Potts, Foreword by Amy Cook

160 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640650640

• A sought-after model and guide to a new paradigm for children's ministries
• Creative program based on research and personal experience

Struggling to offer a children's program that resonates with young families? Finding it difficult to recruit teachers and volunteers for your children's program? Want a children's ministry that is grounded in Christ's foundational teachings and relevant to the experiences of children today? This must-have guide to rethinking your children's ministry is informed and intelligent, with the lighthearted humor so helpful to working with children. Through storytelling, testimonials, and research-based creativity, you'll be inspired and energized to use your church's gifts, your children's interests, and your families' needs to develop a children's ministry that fits your church and the people in it. An appendix includes sample lesson plans, suggested Bible stories and book,
and sermons.

Colette Potts offers a successful model for a congregation to turn around their children's ministry program to engage the whole congregation in worship, learning, and service while partnering with parents for bridging the formation gap between Sunday morning at church and the rest of the week at home and beyond.

Audience: Christian educators, clergy, seminarians, parents

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Colette Potts, is the director of children’s ministries at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth, Massachusetts. A Harvard-educated family therapist and educator, she has worked with children and families across the developmental spectrum in settings ranging from urban public schools to rural homes, both within the United States and abroad. Potts is also the mother of three small children, who remind her every day of the challenges and blessings of raising loving children.

Foreword – Amy Cook
Chapter 1: Our Challenges
Chapter 2: Our Leap
Chapter 3: Our Sacred Spaces
Chapter 4: Our Precious Hour
Chapter 5: Our Curriculum
Chapter 6: Our Gifts
Chapter 7: Our Ministers
Chapter 8: Our Worship
Appendix A: Heartbeats
Appendix B: Suggested Bible Stories
Appendix C: Recommended Book List


  • Christian Education
  • Children's Ministry

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