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Welcome to our 2022 Zoom Coffee Chat Calendar,
announcements, and reports!

In 2021, each of our get-togethers focused on some aspect of "renewing and rebuilding" Sunday School as we come out of the pandemic. In 2022, our conversations continue the "rebuilding" theme with an emphasis on practical and creative things we can do to improve our reaching and teaching.

Scroll down for highlights and summaries of the discussion.

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Plan to join us on Zoom Tuesday, May 24
at 1 pm Eastern (noon Central, 11 Mountain, 10 Pacific) for

Summer Ideas:
a Coffee Chat Roundtable

How does your programming change?
What do you do differently?
What are some of the challenges you're facing this year?

wormyBeach As requested at our last Coffee Chat, join our creative community for a Zoom conversation about what goes on in our churches during the summer—Sunday school (same as always or modified?), VBS, camps, special events, picnics, .... If you already have your summer plans mapped out, join us and glean ideas for summers in the future. If you still aren't sure what is happening at your church this summer, you will still have time to make something happen.

We are a diverse community and we have discovered during past Coffee Chats that many of you are putting  a new spin on teaching children about Jesus. For this gathering, we are opening the floor to our members. If you have a program, innovation, or resource that you would like to share with others during the roundtable discussion, contact Amy Crane at to be added to the agenda.  You can share something you have done in the past, are in the planning process for, or dream to do someday. Let's make our children's and family ministry programs better by helping one another!

Please register in advance for this Zoom meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

While you are waiting for the Roundtable, here are some HOT summer topics at our site—join the conversation!


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Highlights of our March 2022 Zoom Coffee Chat
"Leading and Teaching in a Small Sunday School"


The following 40-minute video of our March 2022 Zoom discussion was such a large file that I uploaded it to my YouTube Channel. We'll also be posting it over in our "Small Sunday School Forum" and adding more text-only highlights and content over there too -Neil

Go to our Small Sunday School Forum for both Traditional and Rotation Model Sunday School.


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Summary of "Planning for Lent and Easter Sunday School in 2022," our January Coffee Chat


Two dozen Christian educators gathered virtually on January 25 to share ideas and to encourage one another as we make plans for meaningful Lent and Easter lessons and activities in our churches. We began our time together with a shared-screen site tour highlighting the resources at this site for Lent and Easter. A transcript of the tour as well as summaries of the breakout groups and the ensuing conversation is attached. Some key points from our time together:

  • Our site tour included a look at one of the many topical essays and teaching articles by our webmaster (and Workshop Rotation Model innovator) Neil MacQueen: “Should children ‘give up’ something for Lent?” This think-piece will help you consider introducing spiritual practices such as fasting, service, and prayer to the young people you work with. This piece -- and others of the articles at our site -- include thought-provoking graphics that you can share with your community.
  • Information about Faithful Families for Lent, Easter, and Resurrection, the brand new book of "at home" Lenten practices and devotions recommended by Donna Foster and lauded by others.
  • There was a good discussion about how to make Easter egg hunts more meaningful.  You can see some suggestions at our site here; please add your ideas.
  • A smaller group stayed in the chat a bit longer, and we had a good conversation about the importance of building relationships with the children and families in our churches, and talked a bit about ways to used technology to help with that. Check the transcript for a summary.

What are your thoughts about meaningful lessons and activities for Lent and Easter? Share your ideas and insights below.

Participants agreed that it is nice to share challenges and support with others at these events. We hope you can join us at our next Coffee Chat in March! Follow this topic for date and details.

The image pictured above is from's Annie Vallotton Bible Illustrations Collection.


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Members of our sharing community gathered on Zoom

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

to discuss Planning for Lent and Easter Sunday School in 2022


Our Zoom Chats are gatherings of Christian educators, teachers, and pastors in a one-hour discussion that usually features a brief presentation, break-out groups, and idea sharing. You're welcome to join in the discussion or just listen in. The meetings are led by members of the Board.

A summary and transcript of this gathering has been posted in case you missed the gathering or want to see the links to resources that we talked about.


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