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Simple Media = Lots of Fun

Simple Media = Lots of Fun

Last week in Children's Church, the lesson called for three or four teen actors to help with the lesson.  Now, don't get me wrong, I've got lots of youth members eager to help.  They consistently ask if they jump in.....about 5 minutes before Children's Church starts.  Usually, I try to squeeze them in somewhere -- I don't want to squelch a servant attitude.  However, this week, I knew it would end in disaster if I tried to get them to do a skit with 3 minutes practice.  So, with the help of my … [Read more...]

Best Attendance: Don’t let your kids fall through the cracks!

Best Attendance: Don’t let your kids fall through the cracks!

Recently, Growing Kids Ministry got a new Sponsor, Best Attendance. It's a youth ministry software that allows you to easily manage the kids in your youth ministry online. Best Attendance is a new website allowing youth leaders to take attendance, share event calendars, communicate with youth, and update membership rosters online. The software helps you increase accountability in your group by providing graphical, customizable attendance reports that help you identify any members at risk … [Read more...]

Sidetrack Saturday: 10 Kitchen Rules

I know, it's not exactly Children's Ministry, but if there are any parents out there who are like me, you struggle to keep up on the housework!  I just got a link to this great blog the other day in my email. Sure, we've heard all this before (probably), but it's good to be reminded. Ten Rules for the Kitchen When you get something out, put it away. The same rule that should be applied all over the house is of course just as important in the kitchen. This must be taught to your children … [Read more...]

Questions from a Reader: Summer Ministry

Questions from a Reader: Summer Ministry

Just got an email from a reader with some great questions about our VBS alternative Summer programs.  I thought I'd repost her questions and my answers in case anyone else was wondering the same things! Q) Overall, how did the programs go? A) Story time in the park was GREAT.  It was so exciting to see the same families week after week and start to develop relationships.  I was especially encouraged when I started seeing those families in other places: the library, the grocery store, the … [Read more...]

Futurecast: A Review

Futurecast: A Review

The headline on the cover of this book reads "Extensive new research..." They weren't kidding. This book is PACKED with statistics, studies, facts, and general information stuff concerning behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs of the American people. And it's about as interesting as a book full of statistics. Oh wait. It IS a book full of statistics.  That would explain why it took me six months to finish it.  It's not exactly what you would call "easy reading". That being said, George … [Read more...]

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas season and had a Happy New Year!  I ended up staying up till midnight despite climbing into bed at 10:00 due to the rowdy next door neighbors.   I'll take that over Friday night when my husband and I were both suffering from food poisoning or a nasty stomach bug.  That would have a been a terrible way to bring in the New Year! Things have been "out of sorts" at the Whitney house as we celebrate the Christmas season, prepare and execute a Christmas play, and … [Read more...]