Little People Big Word is a collection of resources for ministry with children. Within its archives are a full 3-year lectionary cycle of children’s sermons, several one-room lesson plans, and some random fun ideas.

Everyone is welcome to use the material on this blog free of charge. The goal of this blog is to offer leaders serving in ministry with children Biblically based, fun, and simple ideas for engaging children in faith formation.

Rev. Danyelle Trexler is the creator and author of Little People Big Word. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Danyelle has served as a local pastor in urban and rural settings for over a decade. Danyelle is passionate about the intersections of theology, social justice, and ministry with the poor. In every setting, she has used her gifts in community organizing and preaching to address the most pressing social and spiritual issues in her community. In addition to her vocation as a pastor, God called Danyelle to motherhood. She is a single mom with two boys, Caleb and Micah. Together they love to bake, play board games, and flop on the couch with a good book. Danyelle and her boys live in Quincy, Illinois where she is the lead pastor at Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church. To contact Danyelle directly, please email her.


15 thoughts on “About

  1. I appreciate your work…making time with children during worship is not easy. Too often, it is time for the children to look cute, which is a disservice to both the children and worship. You’ve done a good job making the time accessible and sincere, honoring the children’s ability to learn and participate in worship. Thanks for sharing your time and talent…

  2. Dear Danyelle,

    Thank you for your work on this blog. I love your “theologically sound, Biblically-based” sermons. I have to do a lot of research for my children’s sermons — my theologian husband wouldn’t have it otherwise. Bless you. And prayers for a healthy baby!

    In Christ,

  3. This blog is such a great resource for the “lay folk” of the church. Our youth pastor typically presents Children’s Moment throughout the school year, but parents, sunday school teachers, etc. are asked to present during the summer months. I’ve done this many times in the past and occasionally struggle with a basic concept/theme. I hope you continue to post throughout the year and keep an archive as a resource. I will be back many times in the future. Thank you!!

  4. I just want to echo the comments in the Feb. 17, 2011 post; this blog has been an enormous help to the “lay folk” in our Lutheran church. Giving sunday school teachers a concept/theme that follows alow with the lectionary. Keep ’em coming!

  5. Just want to echo the earlier comment about how helpful this blog is to lay folk. I use it in our Lutheran church to find a concept/theme that helps kids understand the lessons in the lectionary. Keep the ideas coming!

  6. I seem to have missed your Faith builders curriculum and was really hoping to get a look at it. I’m planning on doing something like that this summer with the kids at our church. Is there still a way to get a hold of it?

  7. Is there any way to do a search by topic on your blog? I have looked around and not seen one. That would be especially helpful for the children’s sermons. I have your Lego plans in my office and refer to them for my summer Lego Club. Now I look forward to using Dr. Seuss!

    • Hi Helga, unfortunately the search function isn’t great and that’s mostly my fault for not tagging my posts when I first started blogging. My apologies for the inconvenience. I hope you are able to find some things to help. Cheers!

  8. Thanks for doing this. As a retired children’s librarian, I love your Dr. Seuss curriculum
    It looks perfect for this summer’s Christian Formation classes. I like the mission ideas also.

  9. I was looking at your Command Center post and I love the calendar you referenced. I am wondering what program you used to make this? I cannot find a similar one. I love the format!

    • Hi Jeanann,

      I use Mac Pages, but I think you could get a similar look in Publisher. I’m also a big fan of a simple table done up in fun colors. The most important thing is to get that information out there to help everyone plan ahead. Cheers!

  10. Hey Danielle,

    I couldn’t find an email address, so I thought you’d get to review this before it posted.

    I just want to say thank you for producing great lessons and resources for the KidMin community.

    I’m a KidMin pastor, but I also work with Mark Harper developing curriculum for SuperChurch.Com.

    Mark recently finished writing “The Red Book” for children’s pastors and leaders, I was curious if you’d be interested in reviewing it for us – it can be good, bad, ugly, we are looking for honest feedback. 🙂

    Look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Talk soon,
    Lance M

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