On a Blogging Break!

On a Blogging Break!

If you're reading this post, we have headed off to the hospital to welcome the newest addition into the family.  Please pray that all goes well! As for the blog, I'll be taking a little break to get adjusted to life with three little ones!  I  have a few posts pre-scheduled in August and September and the real fun will pick back up again during 31 Days series begins in October.   This year, I'll be featuring Bible Lesson Extras (for when you just need a little extra something to round out the … [Read more...]

Story Time Prayer Board

Story Time Prayer Board

This summer, we once again held our annual Story Time in the Park program, but we also added an "Art in the Park" component for the older kids (you can read more about the changes and reasoning in this post).   Since it was going to be a shorter season for us, we decided to not recruit volunteers from our church (we were hoping to pull the story time attendees into getting a bit more involved) to serve in the park, but rather to serve through prayer. We put up a "Join us in Prayer" board … [Read more...]

Sand and Seas Project for Preschoolers

Sand and Seas Project for Preschoolers

Things are really starting to heat up around here and even though we only made it to the beautiful Presque Isle beach just once, we have taken a walk along the shore by our house and collected some sea glass.   I had some sand stashed away from our popped punching bag, so when my 3 year old Chipmunk asked if we could do a sand project, I knew just what to do! We got out our beach stamps and away we went!   Want to follow along? What You Need: Glue Sand Containers to split up sand … [Read more...]

Story Time in the Park: Dinosaurs

Story Time in the Park: Dinosaurs

Things have wrapped up early this summer for our Story Time in the Park program (due to a new baby arriving any day).  We finished our last session this week and I wanted to try to share as much as I could before signing off for a bit. Dinosaur Preschool Story Time We had been trying a new format to try to get kids and parents a little more involved and hands-on during story time, but it turns out it's a little hard to engage 10+ preschoolers in a brand new activity at once.  So, instead, … [Read more...]

Following God’s Path: A Lesson in Bible Study for Kids

Following God’s Path: A Lesson in Bible Study for Kids

While we were studying the Catechism for boys and girls during our midweek program a few months ago, we spent a week learning about Following God's Path. Just as certain things (such as a flashlight, a map, and footprints) help us follow the path in the woods, other things can help us follow God's path. To introduce the topic (and to pique some interest), I taped some animal tracks down on the ground starting at the front door.  Some headed into the sanctuary and some led all the way to the … [Read more...]

Great Resource to Check Out: Family Ministry

Great Resource to Check Out: Family Ministry

I am in the middle of reading through Seven Family Ministry Essentials by Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman.   I'm not ready to post a full review yet, but wanted to give you a quick review and let you know this is a resource you will want to pick up! Like everything I've read from Michelle Anthony, this book was both challenging and inspirational. Michelle does not beat around the bush when calling ministry leaders to the highest standards, but she also shows a clear path in how to … [Read more...]