Instant Christmas Pageant (Review)

Instant Christmas Pageant (Review)

Wow, Christmas sprang up fast this year!  It seemed like just yesterday we were enjoying the first days of summer, and now, here in Erie, we've had our first snow!  Are you struggling with the idea of a Christmas play this year? I spotted Group Publishing's Instant Christian Pageant "The Not-So-Silent Night" last year and decided to give it a try. I'm always a little skeptical about "instant" programs -- they usually make up for the lack of practice time with poor content, shallow story line, … [Read more...]

Build a Better Blog: Join a Forum

This week, task #9 in the Ministry Blogger Challenge is this: Join a Forum and start participating.  Darren says this: Spend some time today searching for forums in your niche. Once you find them, join up and start participating. The key is to spend time being as useful as possible to the forum. Your main activity should NOT be leaving links to your blog but answering questions, making connections, and generally being as useful as you can to other members of the forum. Some of the best … [Read more...]

Quick Games for Kids

Quick Games for Kids

Got a few extra minutes in Kids Church?  Try one of these games! Circle Tag Have kids join hands and spread out in a circle.  (May want to draw circle with chalk or masking tape).  At the signal, everyone runs clockwise and tries to tag the person in front of them.  When a player is tagged, they drop out and stand in the center of the circle.  The last player in the chase is the winner. Jump the Shot Plays form a circle sufficiently large so that each can be free to jump.  Swinger stands in … [Read more...]

Top Ten on Tuesday: Parenting Resources

Top Ten on Tuesday: Parenting Resources

1)Ending Discipline in a Positive Way - CapCity Kidz Blog 2) Being Intentional about Showing Love to your Kids - Suite 101 3) The Importance of Family Dinners - Crosswalk 4) The Days of "Do as I say, not as I do" Are Over - Growing Faith 5) Making Faith Personal (Orange Book Review) 6) Shema Focus - A Sunday School class designed for parents who want to teach their kids about God (KidTrek blog) 7) Is Your Son a Bully? (Grace Church Blog) 8) Ideas for Baby Dedication … [Read more...]

Blogger Challenge: Interlink Old Posts

Blogger Challenge: Interlink Old Posts

This week's challenge task (#8 so far - how are you keeping up?) is to Interlink Old Posts.  You can do this either at the end of a post as "Further Reading" section or through linking to old posts using key words in your current post.    Darren shares the following tips: 1. Try to build this task into your daily posting schedule. It takes a little discipline to get into the rhythm of it but it can have some real benefits if you do (as outlined in this post). 2. For bloggers with large … [Read more...]

The Waterproof Bible

The Waterproof Bible

Just heard about this from one of the commenters at Stuff Christians Like.  Bardin Marsee Publishing has made a completely waterproof Bible!  It comes in both manly covers and pretty pink ones and is available in four translations.  Seriously genius.  Now you can read the Bible without fear while fishing, while in a rainstorm, while at the beach, or while standing in the shower.  It might even come in handy for those of you who sit in the front row at a church with a very enthusiastic pastor. … [Read more...]