Story Time in the Park: Books and Crafts

Story Time in the Park: Books and Crafts

We're at it again!  Story Time at Whitford Park was a such a huge hit last year, we are continuing the tradition.  We want it to be friendly and welcoming to everyone, so we've chosen books that are nonreligious and kids will easily relate to.  Here's what we've got on the schedule for June. Note: The links for the books take you to Amazon, where you can "look inside" most of the books. June 4th Theme: Counting                             Books: One Moose, Twenty Mice by Clare … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Your Small Groups

Making the Most of Your Small Groups

Just realized this didn't get posted!  Sorry for the lateness! For my second breakout at The Gathering, I attended the Small Group session with Matt Barnes, Angelina Pavone and Stacy Igarashi.   They all work at Rock Harbor, and it was great to hear how they run things week in and week out.  Here are some notes from the session: Elements of the Tru Curriculum Anticipate (early activity to set the stage for the lesson to come) Large Group Lesson Response (check Tommy Larson's post for … [Read more...]

Tru: How it all got started {The Gathering}

Tru: How it all got started {The Gathering}

There was so much going on at The Gathering conference last week that it was hard to catch up with everyone.  While attending one of Matt Barnes coaching sessions on Friday, he mentioned the incredible back story of Tru.  Intrigued, I asked Matt to tell me more and he was kind enough to call and give me the full scoop yesterday.    Buckle your seat belt, it's going to be a fun ride! Looking For Something It was 2008 and Matt had just come on staff at ROCKHARBOR.   He was brought on to assist … [Read more...]

I am the Priest.  I am the Levite.  {252}

I am the Priest. I am the Levite. {252}

"Kids," I began, "it was probably super inconvenient for the Samaritan to stop and help this man.  Maybe he had somewhere to be.  This really slowed down his trip.  But he did the right thing.  He helped out his neighbor, no matter what the cost."  The presentation was great.  The heart of the story was tugging on my insides.  I actually teared up a little while closing out with the application. And that was just the practice session at home. When it came to the real deal, something just … [Read more...]

Ten Changes for Tru

Ten Changes for Tru

One of the excited things about The Gathering is the "Big Ten" announcement about all the things that are in the works for Tru.  In case you couldn't make it, I wanted to fill you in! #10: HomeFront is completely Redesigned! The HomeFront monthly now comes in cool magazine format, and the e-magazine format is in the works so you can grab it on your e-reader as well.  The HomeFront weekly is less text heavy and a lot more fun to read! #9: God in Action VBS We love the idea of Go Big VBS and … [Read more...]

Story from Washington

Story from Washington

During Tommy Larson's breakout session on Worship as a Response (at The Gathering), I was about to chat with Ruth from Pasco Christian Church for a bit.  She volunteers in the preschool class and sometimes fills in the elementary program as well.  Here's what she had to say about Tru: Q: How long have you been using TruWonder?  A:  Just over a year now. Q: What do  you like best about the curriculum?  A: I like that there is always a full night planned.  I like the theme and how … [Read more...]