Archives for May 2013

Summer Blast Postcards {VBS}

Summer Blast Postcards {VBS}

Are you getting ready to spread the word about your Vacation Bible School or Summer Program? Here's a look at the postcards we sent out last year to advertise for our Summer Blast (VBS Alternative) Program: We ordered the postcards from Vista Print and the front was a stock image they offered. Here's a shot of the back.  We used our database and printed address labels to send most of the postcards out. Here's a close up of the message at the top. Make sure you include contact … [Read more...]

Do You Tru?

Do You Tru?

Have you gotten a chance to check out the Tru curriculum from David C Cook yet?  I just back from The Gathering conference and I was so inspired by all the cool stories I heard from people who were using Tru in their churches.  We've been using it in our Children's Church program, and I have to tell you, this curriculum is JAM-PACKED with ideas, activities, and truths to share with little ones.  The curriculum is designed for an hour and a half service, so if you're program runs shorter than … [Read more...]

Story Time: Books and Crafts

Story Time: Books and Crafts

We're back for a third year for Story Time in the park!  We've enjoyed this program so much in fact, that this year, East Lake Road Alliance Church has chosen to expand!  We'll be hosting Story Time in the Park at Whitford Park at 10:30AM and again at Shades Beach at 6PM every Monday throughout the summer.  If you're in Erie, please stop in and join us!  Here are the themes, books, and crafts for June. June 3rd Theme: Pigs Books: I Know A Wee Piggy Piggies in the Pumpkin … [Read more...]

Make Your Church Birthday Party Central!

Make Your Church Birthday Party Central!

Recently I was at Chick-Fil-A story time talking to some mom friends when one mom asked about places to have birthday parties around town.  She had considered the Children's Museum, but they have a 10 kid minimum.  Since she was new in town, she didn't have 10 kids to invite and hated to pay for empty seats.  I suggested having it at her house, but she said they were still in an apartment from the move and didn't have room for many guests.  I told her I would think about it, but I didn't have … [Read more...]

Mr. Good and Mr. Bad Attitude: Teaching Beatitudes to Kids

Mr. Good and Mr. Bad Attitude: Teaching Beatitudes to Kids

  Recently, we had the opportunity to try Lifeway's new Bible Studies for Life curriculum out in our Children's Church program.   The lesson was on Matthew 5 (The BeAttitude) and I was a little concerned about teaching this concept to a group of mainly Kindergarten kids.  Our Children's Church program ranges from ages 4-9 but currently, we have a pretty heavy pre-K and K population, so I'm always having to adjust the lesson to be simple, attention grabbing and fun.  About 4 months ago, we were … [Read more...]

Staycations Across the U.S of A

Staycations Across the U.S of A

Did yesterday's post about Family Fun in Erie get you itching to find some family fun in your own backyard?  If you're not fortunate to live in Erie, don't despair!  There's a whole team of bloggers who've put together a wide range of Staycation ideas.  Check them out below! Mid Atlantic NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles Boston (or all), Massachusetts :: Maven of Savin Central, New Jersey :: Our Good LIfe Adirondak Mountains and Central, New York :: For This … [Read more...]