Build a Better Blog: Write an Opinion

Build a Better Blog: Write an Opinion

This week's task in the blogger challenge (#19) is to write an opinion piece.   While many bloggers avoid writing about their opinion, Problogger, Darren Rowse, gives several reasons to take the plunge: It often encourages others to share their opinions, in comments or on other blogs. Often opinion posts draw out interaction and productive conversations. You help your readers to translate news and understand how information applies to them. This makes your content more useful. You show … [Read more...]

Will We Do VBS this year?

Will We Do VBS this year?

I have to admit, I struggled with VBS last year.  We visited a few other churches to see how their program was being run and to gather up ideas only to see the same faces over and over again.  We have kids that come to our VBS and never darken the door of the church again until next summer.  We have kids from Christian families that spend their entire summer VBS-hopping. What does that all mean?  Does it mean the program is a failure? That it's not making an impact? Could we use our financial … [Read more...]

Voyage with the Vikings: Book Review

Voyage with the Vikings: Book Review

Peril.  Suspense.  Intrigue, and of course imagination! In the first book of this Adventures in Odyssey series, authors Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker capture the reader's attention immediately.  If you're looking for a book series for your preteen (especially boys!), this may be the ticket. In this high-seas adventure, cousins Beth and Patrick visit Whit's End on an ordinary Monday.  The day soon develops into an extraordinary experience as the kids take a ride in the Imagination Station … [Read more...]

Helping Your Child Get into the Bible

Helping Your Child Get into the Bible

As Christian parents, we desire for our little ones to read and appreciate God's Word, but it sometimes seems like an overwhelming task.  How do you help your children to get into the Bible?  It's not as hard as you might think.  Here are few suggestions to get your starting. Do It Yourself Make sure your kids see you reading the Bible.  Modeling is the most effective teaching method.  As a child, I remember coming up the stairs every morning and seeing my parents sitting at the table, reading … [Read more...]

Birthday Party with the Cows

Birthday Party with the Cows

Chick-Fil-A never ceases to amaze me.  No matter when I go, the staff is always ultra-courteous, friendly, and very helpful.  They go above and beyond the typical "fast-food restaurant" and give you an experience worth remembering.   A few weeks ago, I went through the drive-through, hoping to keep my 13 month old who was snoozing in the back seat asleep for a few more minutes.  The server asked what drink I would like with my meal and after thinking for a moment, I decided on the lemonade.  He … [Read more...]

10 Best Posts on Growing Kids Ministry

10 Best Posts on Growing Kids Ministry

Minute to Win It Game Ideas Minute to Win it For Church: How to run a successful family night event at your church! Back to School Bash: Here's the list of games we used; good for any party that needs some fun! Vacation Bible School Ideas The Thrifty Egyptian: Craft and Costume Ideas for your Egypt Event Get the Word out about your VBS! Curriculum Reviews Rio Curriculum by David C. Cook Fun Science that Teaches God's Word: A object lesson book for Preteens Molly Pickens and the … [Read more...]