Children's Ministries

Cassandra Negri

NYAC Children's Ministries Consultant

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Let's Talk VBS 2022

If you have any questions, or to reserve a spot,  contact Cassandra Negri at childrensministry@nyac-umc.comSpace is limited.


Vacation Bible School Puppets 2022    


If you would like to borrow the DJ Cupcake puppet for your VBS program this Summer, contact to reserve your dates. Dates are filling up fast.

Lent and Easter 

Here are some resources to help you plan for Lent and Easter this year. They are adaptable for virtual and home ministry settings. Check back here because the list will be updated. (updated 02.25.2021)

       Social Justice Stations of the Cross
           New Paltz UMC has created a series of social justice stations of the cross. Will definitely spark some                           important conversations.

       Creating a Sacred Space at Home
       Singing in the Dark: Ash Wednesday for Families
       A Lenten Journey
       Lent in a Box
       Lent in a Bag

       Take Home Kits
       Children and Families Lent and Easter Resource Guide
       Observing Lent and Easter in Year B
       Lenten Calendar

       Book List

       Praying in Color Templates for 2021 
(added 01.27.2021)
       Living the Resurrection - Youth Lessons for Easter 2021    (added 01.28.2021)
              These lessons can be adapted for use with children

Advent and Christmas  Resources

Infographic with ideas and resources to help your church celebrate Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Click here for the pdf file.

Follow the Children's Ministries Facebook page. Links to ideas, articles and websites are posted here.

Resources for Talking with Children about Race

Age-by-Age Guide for Talking about Race at

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup at Pretty Good Design

Books to spark discussion

       31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

       20 Latinx Children’s Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Holy Week and Easter at Home

Some ideas for you to use at home to celebrate Holy Week and Easter.  You can download the file here


Children's Ministries during this time of social distancing

You can download this file with some ideas for your children's ministries programs during this time when we can not meet in person.  You can contact me for help and other ideas.


Helpful Links and Resources

Discipleship Ministries - includes resources for children's ministry basics, faith formation, trauma and crisis, worship with children, webinars and more

PRC - Practical Resources for Churches - resources, workshops and webinars

NYAC Children's Ministries on Facebook - articles, resources, ideas for Sunday school, VBS, Cross Generational Worship and more

NYAC Learning Center - lending library for books, dvds, puppets and more

Worshiping with Children - Carolyn Brown's site for including children in worship using the Revised Common Lectionary

UMC approved Curriculum - Resources approved for ministry in the United Methodist Church

NYAC Safe Sanctuaries - resources, tools and links to help your church create and edit a Safe Sanctuaries policy and train staff and volunteers


Children's Sabbath    

Resources for Children's Sabbath                                                                  

Children's Sabbath and Children's Sunday - What is the difference?


Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty
Statement: To affirm the Wesleyan heritage to care for the poor by encouraging "the people called Methodist" to serve children and youth at risk to poverty.

Download free copies of their booklet