Archives for September 2015

Introducing: 31 Days of Bible Lesson Extras!

Introducing: 31 Days of Bible Lesson Extras!

Welcome to my third annual "31 Days" series.  For the last two years, I've focused on Bible Crafts (or Bible based crafts) and that seemed to be a big hit with my readers.  Check them out below: 31 Days of Bible Crafts (2013) 31 Days of Bible Based Crafts (2014) This year, the theme will be similar, but I will be featuring some games, skits, and other lesson ideas. It's the perfect excuse to archive all our projects from church and clean out the photo files as well!   And it will give … [Read more...]

Fall Party Recruitment Bulletin Boards

Fall Party Recruitment Bulletin Boards

Every year, we host a Halloween Block party in the front yard of one of our church members.  We serve hot chocolate, play some lawn games, and hand out candy bags and invitations to church.  While I do try to talk to as many people as possible to recruit directly, I also find a highly visible bulletin board helps with the recruitment process.  Here's a few quick snapshots of our recruitment board from 2014: Big Picture One each leaf was a specific job and a place for volunteers to sign … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Made in God’s Image

Sunday Snapshot: Made in God’s Image

We've just started using The Gospel Project by Lifeway in our Children's Church program (so far, so good!).  Here is a craft we did a few weeks ago to coordinate with our Genesis lesson about being made in God's image. … [Read more...]

Let’s Learn About the Lord’s Prayer {Book Review}

Let’s Learn About the Lord’s Prayer {Book Review}

I'm a big fan of the Lord's Prayer and think it's certainly something every child should learn as they are growing up.  Sometimes, it's great for parents to have a natural and fun way to introduce something like the Lord's Prayer and when I spotted Catherine DeVries new book, I thought it could be a perfect solution. The book itself is very sturdy (board book) and the pictures are bright and fun to look at.  The story line is simple enough for kids to easily follow and the theology is on … [Read more...]

Jump into Fall Baking with Lucy Leid’s New Cookbook and an Amish Baking Basket Giveaway

Incorporate Amish cooking traditions this fall in your kitchen with Lucy Leid's Gather Around the Amish Table. Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: “Bake someone happy!” Get your fall baking underway with an Amish baking basket giveaway from Lucy … [Read more...]

Can We Talk About It? {Intersect DVD Review}

Can We Talk About It? {Intersect DVD Review}

Do you ever wish that you could have deeper conversations about how God fits into "real life"?  Do you sometimes feel that what you're learning in church is sometimes too hard to apply in real life? Life gets hard at times and it's easy to spit out Christian platitudes without really examining how God fits into our every day living.  It's easy to say that we trust God with our lives, but are we really trusting Him when it comes to our expectations, disappointments, and lack of … [Read more...]