Summer Camp Was a Hit with My Teenager Last Year

Summer Camp Was a Hit with My Teenager Last Year

Today's post is a guest post from a fellow mom regarding her experience with summer camp.  Hope it helps you if you're searching for a good program for your teen this year! My daughter Zoe came home from summer camp aglow last year. She was tossing off Shakespearean lines from the scenes she had memorized at drama camp; the confidence just flowed from her. I wasn't surprised; I had followed a good friend's advice. Her kids had been to a great summer camp the year before; she convinced me … [Read more...]

God’s Forgiveness and Our Sinfulness

God’s Forgiveness and Our Sinfulness

This is our last week with the "What's Up" curriculum before starting the big Esther movie project!  Stay tuned for more details on that.  Right now, we're busy learning Premiere Pro, After Effects, getting costumes made and making sure everyone has their script. I'm very excited, but very nervous too! For this week, we're talking about our sinfulness and God's forgiveness.  God is willing to forgive all our sins, but we must first admit our sinfulness.  When we receive forgiveness from God, … [Read more...]

Summer Theme Nights!

Summer Theme Nights!

One thing we love to do at our church during the summer months is ramp up the fun!  Instead of our normal small group time, we play games outside and allow extra time for kids just hanging out with each other.  We also have theme nights.  Here's the list of the themes we'll be having this year -- stay tuned for more pictures! … [Read more...]

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

For the past few years, we've been spending Monday mornings at a local park, reading stories and doing simple crafts with kids.  This year, we're trying something a little different.  We'll be focusing on art projects and structuring the program as more of an open house so parents can come and go as their schedule allows.  I'll be posting soon about our art projects of choice, but I thought I'd salute the past by doing a round-up of last year's books and projects in case you're looking for some … [Read more...]

{New} Easy to Understand Children’s Bible (Resource Review)

{New} Easy to Understand Children’s Bible (Resource Review)

I'm always on the lookout for a good kids Bible so I was delighted to see if the International Children's Bible in a recent Dispatch box. This Bible is unique in that it was the first translation of the Scriptures prepared specifically for children. Translated from the original languages this Bible seeks to be simple enough for children to read and understand it for themselves. Senses are short and uncomplicated, and difficult words are turned into simpler synonyms. Unfamiliar words are … [Read more...]

Ready to Saturate the World?

Ready to Saturate the World?

Every so often, you pick up a book that totally rocks your world. Last year for me, it was Sacred Year, a book that urges readers to slow down, go deep, and dwell the presence of God.  Lessons learned from that book still echo frequently in my mind. This year, I think the book will be Saturate.  Though I must confess, I listened to the book rather than read it (a first for me!).  As I heard the opening pages of this book, written by Jeff Vanderstelt, I knew it would be a book that would shape … [Read more...]