Archives for June 2010

Instant Games for Children’s Ministry: Book Review

Instant Games for Children’s Ministry: Book Review

Instant Games for Children's Ministry I just picked up this book, because of it's fabulous price on Amazon. When it arrived in the mail, I was a little disappointed at the size. I'm not sure why, but I expected it to be bigger, taller, thicker.. something! Of course, size doesn't really matter. It's what's on the inside that counts (sounds like a great Children's Ministry lesson, doesn't it?) I started browsing through the pages. The premise of this book is: gather 14 EVERYDAY items and … [Read more...]

More Minute to Win It for Church (Easy Games for Kids and Families)

More Minute to Win It for Church (Easy Games for Kids and Families)

Recently, we did a Family Event using the Minute to Win It Games.  To see how it went, check out the Original Post for tips and more! Also check out Free CM Stuff for helpful comments about running an event like this. More Games Our Minute to Win It Event was such a hit, we're planning on doing it again in a few months. (Update: Check out our Back to School Bash, Minute to Win It style)  I was browsing through a little book I found in my grandma's attic (Great Games for All Ages), and found a … [Read more...]

The Experienced Egyptian: Getting Ready for VBS!

The Experienced Egyptian: Getting Ready for VBS!

Are you running an Egypt themed program this summer?  Is your church about to be decked out in hieroglyphics, pyramids and other VBS accessories?   A few years back, I met someone who had just finished up running the Egypt VBS at her church and here is some of the advice she passed along: Getting Ready for Egypt Vacation Bible School: 1. There needs to be LOTS of stuff in the marketplace. The smaller the attendance, the more stuff there needs to be. 2. Having the marketplace outside was a … [Read more...]

Making Meaningful Connections Between VBS and Real Life

Making Meaningful Connections Between VBS and Real Life

Our preteen ministry coordinator was browsing around looking for mission-oriented curriculum for our Sunday morning class and she found a Kid section on the of the Voice of the Martyr website. It's called Kids of Courage and has a number of different lesson books all available for free download. I took a look at the Bold Believers in Egypt (naturally, considering our Vacation Bible School theme!). It's 57 pages! Impressive. The first 20 pages are facts about Egypt, and after that are … [Read more...]

Egyptian Celebration: Motions and Costuming

Group's Egypt VBS: One True God httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7JRjLPqLIc Love the costuming and decorations in this one.  The motions aren't what we're going to go with, and I would have liked to see a little more smiling and enthusiasm, but they do make a great first impression. The Plans I Have For You httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_jmgg2qEgo&feature=related Good motions and good energy! Group's official video of One True … [Read more...]

Nursery Labels: A Security Measure

Nursery Labels: A Security Measure

Recently we've had a number of new families attending our church and bringing their kids to nursery. One more than one occasion, the nursery  team member serving during Sunday School has forgotten a kid's name and can't tell the next nursery team member anything about the child. Not a good scenario. So, we decided to go with Nursery labels. We used ChurchNursery.com and have been completely impressed with the service. We explained our main goal for the labels, and were given suggestions … [Read more...]