Laura Stahl is Director of Children’s and Family members Ministries at Very first United Methodist Church, Duluth, MN (The Coppertop).  She formerly served in comparable capacities at United Church of Two Harbors (MN) and Aley United Methodist Church (OH).  She lives in Two Harbors, Minnesota with her husband Dale. Collectively they have 4 foreign exchange daughters from Germany, Belgium (Flanders) and Jordan.
As the quantity of households in worship enhanced, it was time to move away from activity bags with crayons and children’s bulletins to much more engaging worship sources that reflected the theme, scriptures, and/or season of the church.  More than time the Family members Worship Resource Table has grown to incorporate sources for toddlers by way of elementary-aged kids.  Employees and workplace volunteers assist to retain the activities fresh and rotate vacation and seasonal books and extras into the mix.  Below is a list of our worship table sources. For much more images and seasonal activities, please download this Worship Activity Table Primer.
Children’s Bibles –Spark Story Bible, Deep Blue Story Bibles, Youngsters of God Storybook Bible and other people
Basket of Books – board books, books for preschoolers, seasonal books (Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter, Pentecost, All Saints/Halloween, Thanksgiving)
Toddler Busy Boxes – homemade from massive plastic canisters. I removed the center from the lid and added a slotted felt piece.  Inside are massive things that toddlers can drop in and get rid of from the box.  Things are XL Pom Pom, Felted characters, smaller stuffy, massive wooden doll pin, chunky heart.
Toddler Meal Prayers or Prayer Books
Writing Utensils – crocks of pencils* and colored pencils* on table bags of crayons in baskets, 1 pen & 1 dry erase crayon in every Elementary zip case
Felt Mosaic packs – In every bag there is a single piece of felt with lots of tiny squares or other shapes of felt.  I have some repeating recommended images for church seasons and standard solutions like communion.  I also make images that go with the sermon/scripture theme* of the day.
Preschool Clipboards – Holds preschool age Children’s Worship Bulletin* (on-line subscription so I can pick out scripture or theme)
Elementary Packs – zip pencil packs include 1 pen, 1 dry erase crayon, 1 smaller white board, 1 Pocket magazine, 1 Children’s Worship Bulletin*.
Church Wi-Fi sign (Children’s Worship Bulletins have a game code that coordinates with the subject)
Writing Pads & Bookmarks – I gather colorful scratch pads that charities mass mail for fundraising & adjust them with the season.  Curriculum bookmarks, Camp Registrations, and other sources for the taking.
Preschool Leaflets – leftover class leaflets (aka “bulletins”) that fits the theme or from the week ahead of.
*I download and copy Children’s Worship Bulletins and switch out some images for the Felt Mosaics at the finish of every month. A standard workplace volunteer folds the bulletins, and switches out the bulletins and Pocket magazines. Volunteers also sharpen pencils, verify crayons and straighten books.  I commit a pretty smaller quantity of time checking the Toddler Busy Box and sometimes add seasonal things.