Archives for 2016

Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom: Preparing the Lesson

Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom: Preparing the Lesson

Welcome to the Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom series!  Hopefully you caught the introduction post a few days ago. If not, you can read it here.  Today, we'll be talking about preparing a lesson. As you probably already know, it’s impossible to teach an effective lesson if your eyes are glued to your curriculum book.  Not only does this prevent you from making eye contact with the kids (and keeping an eye on classroom activity), it stifles your creativity and your ability to be … [Read more...]

Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom: Introduction

Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom: Introduction

It’s Sunday morning.  You’re standing, curriculum in hand, in front of a diverse bunch of kids.  Some of them look bored. A few look tired. Some look cranky and others look like they’ve already had 3 shots of espresso this morning. Girls are whispering to each other and boys are trying to poke each other with pencils under the table.  You know you need to get started, but suddenly you’re not sure you’re really cut out for this job! Yikes!  Sound familiar? Or how about this one? It happens … [Read more...]

Coming Soon!  Bringing the Bible to Life Series

Coming Soon! Bringing the Bible to Life Series

As we approach the new year, you are probably busy thinking about lessons, events, and ways that you can share the good news of the gospel with kids and families around you.  Even with a wonderful curriculum, lessons sometimes fall flat or don't resonate with the group of kids you're teaching.  So what can we do to make the Bible come to life during every lesson? I'm so glad you asked! I'm pleased to announce an upcoming series entitled Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom.  In … [Read more...]

Create Something Beautiful with Fotor

Create Something Beautiful with Fotor

It's that time of year again!  You're likely up to your eyeballs in to-do lists  -- between shopping for the family, getting ready for church events, and planning for the upcoming year -- you hardly have time to breathe.  It happens to me every year.   Just about the time the first Christmas card shows up in our mailbox, I realize I have not even thought about a plan for our own family Christmas cards.   So, of course, I was thrilled when I heard about Fotor -- an online photo editing service … [Read more...]

Getaway with God (Book Review and Giveaway)

Getaway with God (Book Review and Giveaway)

Do you need a day away from busyness and stress to transform your life? Schedule a day and learn how to make the most of your time of refreshment with Letitia Suk's new book, Getaway with God. You’ll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you’ll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to … [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts of 2016 on Growing Kids Ministry

Top 10 Posts of 2016 on Growing Kids Ministry

It's been a whirlwind of a year for our family!  Between making some big decisions about schooling and battling through a cancer diagnosis, we've been learning a whole new way of living life.  Through it all though, I have been constantly amazed by God's provision and the way that He has shown us kindness through the actions of others.   I haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to the blog (I have another project in the works though -- stay tuned!), but I'm hoping to get back into the swing of … [Read more...]