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Top 100 Children’s Ministry Blogs

Top 100 Children’s Ministry Blogs

Yeah!  Tony's list of the Top 100 Children's Ministry Blogs of the year (found on Ministry to Children) has come out and Growing Kids Ministry has made the cut at #24.  I am super excited we've moved up from our rank of #56 from last year. Head on over and check out the list, especially the top 10 blogs.  I personally have found many of the blogs helpful.  Some of my favorites are Sam Luce, Kidmin360, Lemon Lime Kids, Dad in the Middle, among many others.   Enjoy! You Might Also Be … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Matzo Bread

Make Your Own Matzo Bread

A few weeks ago, as we were making our way through the "Big Story" of the Bible, we covered the Passover with Jesus and his disciples.  I found a recipe in Veggie Tales Atlapedia for "Make Your Own Matzo Bread", though I think they forgot an ingredient.  There was no flour in the original recipe.  We added some and the bread turned out great. It was a big hit with kids and adults alike.  Here's the recipe if you'd like to try! Preheat oven to 375. Ingredients: 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp … [Read more...]

What To Do When You Can’t Fit in Quiet Time

What To Do When You Can’t Fit in Quiet Time

I've been working on "maximizing my mornings" based on a recent e-book I discovered (check out how my first week went). Based on Kat's suggestion (and some of the songs she mentioned) I made a Morning Worship CD.    I connect well with God through music, so I can't believe I never thought of using this tool at home.  Music has always been one of my favorite parts of summer camp or church, and now it will be part of my daily quiet times as well. Here are the songs I added to the CD: Invade … [Read more...]

Fall Festival Game Ideas

Fall Festival Game Ideas

I love Pinterest. Well, I love the idea of Pinterest.  I like bookmarking things and keeping collections of things I love.  I "pin" a lot of things, and then quickly forget about them and never glance in that direction again.  However, today, I thought I'd actually use this fabulous site for something useful -- finding great games for a Halloween Block Party or some other Fall Festival you'll be holding at church. Check out the list of games and needed supplies below. Toddler … [Read more...]

Princess and Warrior Party {Repost}

Princess and Warrior Party {Repost}

In 2009, for our Fall/Halloween party at church, we did a Princess and Warrior theme.  The girls came dressed as princesses, sat at lovely decorated tables and ate princess pink pancakes.  Afterwards, they watched a skit about Queen Esther.  The boys met at a "campsite" in the gym, with the lights dimmed and fake fires blazing.  They munched on hot dogs and then participated in a skit about Gideon.  It was a complete blast!   Check out some of the pictures below. Princess Table Warrior … [Read more...]

Planning a Halloween Block Party

Planning a Halloween Block Party

As a child, we never celebrated Halloween.  We closed the door, turned off the light, and had a family night.  I grew up knowing the roots of Halloween are not something to be celebrated, and I still agree with that sentiment.  As a parent, I might continue in this tradition.  However, I'm not just a parent -- I'm also a Children's Ministry Director, and as such, it's my job to really shine the light of Jesus into the community. I was listening to Children's Ministry Talk last year and they … [Read more...]