Archives for May 2010

How to Host a Minute to Win It Night

How to Host a Minute to Win It Night

Great Idea for Family Event!! This past weekend, we had our annual Missions Conference. Saturday night was family night with the "Minute to Win it Theme". Our Missionary, Steve Clouser, talked about the "one-minute" opportunities we have throughout life to plant the seed of the gospel, to water it, or sometimes to even see the harvest. The event was great. Here are few things I learned: DO THESE THINGS: 1. Have a variety of games. We had 10 games picked out, one for each level, with a few … [Read more...]

Appleseeds Program: A Review

Appleseeds Program: A Review

We've been doing the Appleseed program for about 8 weeks now, and I am really pleased with the results. I've gotten a chance to connect with a small group of girls on a really meaningful level and we've had a lot of fun in the process! I thought I'd share some do's and don't's of the program in case you were considering it for your own church. DO THESE THINGS: Have the program! It is a great way for the girls to get to know other ladies in the congregation and for some adults to connect … [Read more...]

Culturally Relevant Jesus

Culturally Relevant Jesus

It was Missions Conference weekend at our church and we had missionaries from Burkina Faso, Africa (their blog is here). Debbie and Steve (missionaries) did a great job giving a snapshot of their ministry overseas. During the Sunday School hour, Debbie talked with the kids. Of course, they were fascinating by the trinkets and relics she brought from the country, but I was fascinated with the pictures she used while teaching. She showed us this picture and then asked what Bible story it … [Read more...]

Legacy Blog

Found a blog today that might be a great resource for parents and for Children's Ministers who work with them-- dealing with topics about spiritual milestones, staying at home vs. career, single parenthood and more. Worth checking out! … [Read more...]

Practicing Prayer with Children: Prayer Cards

Practicing Prayer with Children: Prayer Cards

 I saw a clever idea about prayer cards a few weeks back and have been looking for an opportunity to try it out in our own Children's Ministry. I made up some cards with pictures of things to pray for. Some had words and some didn't, so even non-readers could participate. Get your prayer cards here.  I just printed them out, taped them to index cards, and then laminated with those self-adhesvie laminating sheets. We were learning about prayer during mid-week group, so it was the perfect time to … [Read more...]

Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

You remember how it was in the good old days of Children's Ministry (hardy har har). Kids bowed their heads, folded their hands, and CLOSED THEIR EYES when they prayed. Not so anymore. :) And you know what, I'm kind of glad about this whole development. I'm amazed at the focus power some of these kids have when they are praying. We have one girl who last week was praying outloud, flipping through her Bible, tying her shoe, looking at the walls, and never missed a beat. It sounded … [Read more...]