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Lesson Ideas for Moses, Plagues, and the 10 Commandments

Lesson Ideas for Moses, Plagues, and the 10 Commandments

We've been making our way through the major stories in the Bible (I wish we had time to hit them all!) as part of our Big Summer Plans.  This past Wednesday, we covered Moses (early life and beyond), the 10 Plagues, and the 10 Commandments.  During story-time, I used a lesson from the "Forget-Me-Not Bible Story Activities" book.  Kids swatted flies, repeated the famous "But Pharoah said No!" line over and over, and generally acted out the plagues from their seats. When it came to the Passover, … [Read more...]

Sunday Sermon: Rebuilding the World

Sunday Sermon: Rebuilding the World

This past Sunday we had a guest speaker from India share a message from Nehemiah (chapter one) with our church.  He made some great points as to why Nehemiah was effective in his mission.  I thought I'd share with the readers here. Enjoy! Nehemiah Was Filled with Compassion When Nehemiah heard the news about his people, he wept and mourned for many days. Verse four says, "When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven."   … [Read more...]

Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

I don't know if you have a Christmas Tree Shoppe in your area, but they are a real hot spot for seasonal bargains (don't be fooled by the name!)  If you haven't recognized/appreciated your volunteers lately, here's some ideas: Canvas Tote Bags (20x16"): $3.99 each (who couldn't use an extra one of these for the summer?) Sunscreen $1.99-$4.99 (practical!  Stick it in the tote bag to make a summer essentials kit) Insulated Coffee Mugs $2.69 (fun designs) Sun Tea Jars $2.99 (pair with a … [Read more...]

Great Egyptian Websites

Great Egyptian Websites

This week, in "The Big Story", we're covering much of Moses' life, life in Egypt, the 10 Plagues, and the 10 Commandments.  Some of the kids are making brochures for ancient Egypt, so I wanted to find some kid-friendly, safe sites.   For those of you who might be doing EGYPT VBS, these would be some great resources as well.  Check them out! Ancient Egypt This site starts with some fact facts, but the real strength lies in the many links it has.  Here's a few … [Read more...]

I’m Headed to Camp!

This week is Youth Adventure Camp for teens in the Pennsylvania area.  Last year, my daughter and I went to help all week and be with my husband who was serving as a cabin leader.  This year, due to the pregnancy (35 weeks!), we're only doing two days of camp, but I'm still really excited.  This camp was hugely influential in my spiritual walk as a teen, and I'm so pumped that six of our church youth are attending this year (a first!).  Please pray that their eyes and hearts with be opened. … [Read more...]

God’s Big Story: Bible Lesson Ideas for Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph

For our summer Wednesday night program, we’re doing a Story Time approach (check out all our summer plans here).   We will be covering the major stories in the Bible and showing how they are all one big part of God’s redeeming plan of love.  Sometimes I read out of the Read and Share Bible, sometimes the kids act out the story using the Big Action Bible Skits book, and sometimes leaders act it out for the kids.  After the story, the kids head to stations.   What are Stations? Each … [Read more...]