Archives for May 2014

Story Time in the Park: Books & Crafts List

Story Time in the Park: Books & Crafts List

It's that time of year again!  We'll soon be headed to our local park with books, glue sticks, and construction paper in tow.  It's Story Time in thePark! If you're in the Erie, PA area, be sure to stop in at Whitford Park every Monday morning through the summer for our Story Time in the Park program.  There will be songs, books, and crafts for the little ones. Everyone is welcome to attend (with a parent), but ages 3-6 will especially enjoy the program. Books and Crafts Here's what we'll … [Read more...]

Teaching the Catechism in a Protestant Church: Wrapping it Up!

Teaching the Catechism in a Protestant Church: Wrapping it Up!

Wow!  I can hardly believe we're reaching the end of our Kids' Quest Catechism lessons.  We've been working through questions and answers for 13 weeks now and have laid a terrific foundation for a biblical worldview. We're hoping to pick back up with the catechism in the fall, but for the summer we'll be doing some new things like the Wacky World of Water VBS curriculum and our theme nights! This week, we're wrapping everything up with one final review and recitation night! Here's the … [Read more...]

1 Corinthians 13: Love is no Puzzle!

1 Corinthians 13: Love is no Puzzle!

Welcome another edition of Sunday Snapshot where I give you a quick glance at some things we've been doing in our own ministry.  Today, I'll be showing you an activity one of our teachers did for the preteen Adventure group.  She  had the kids construct a "Love is..." puzzle based on 1 Corinthians 13 and then had the kids put it together and then tape the pieces into place.  If you take a closer look, you can see the words come straight from the Scripture Passage.  A great hands on … [Read more...]

DIY Lawn Twister: How to Make and Play!

DIY Lawn Twister: How to Make and Play!

Now that summer time is (finally) here, it's time to get outside and have some fun!  The kids at church are always begging to head outside for game time and we were delighted to hold an outdoor game party for them last summer.  You might remember spotting our lawn twister fun in the Game Night post from last July:  I thought I'd take you through the "making the game" process in case you were thinking of recreating the fun in your own church or backyard! DIY Lawn Twister What you'll … [Read more...]

Daniel and the Lion’s Den Lesson Script

Daniel and the Lion’s Den Lesson Script

I've been reading through the book, The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School: Transformational Techniques for Reaching and Teaching Kids based on a recommendation of a CMConnect friend.  It's got some amazing tips for large group teaching (check out more tips in the discussion forums), one of which is to memorize the lesson.  All of it. Of course, it's a huge commitment week in and week out, but I do know that it makes a huge difference in teaching impact when I'm not scrambling around … [Read more...]

More Family Activities Ideas Across the Country!

More Family Activities Ideas Across the Country!

Hopefully you enjoyed our Summer Fun in Erie ideas from yesterday's post.  If you're looking for some more great staycation ideas from around the country, check out the list below! A - D Phoenix-Metro, Arizona ~ Mom Endeavors Scottsdale, Arizona ~ Saving For Someday Tucson, Arizona ~ Desert Chica Ramblings Bentonville, Arkansas ~ This Sweet Life Fullerton, California ~ More with Less Today San Diego, California ~ Southern Cali Saver.com Denver, Colorado ~ Bargain … [Read more...]