Loving and Serving the Little Ones (Upcoming Webinar from INCM)

Loving and Serving the Little Ones (Upcoming Webinar from INCM)

Hi there!  I wanted to share an upcoming event with you all!  This was originally posted on the INCM website: There is no question that the early years of a child’s life are critical when it comes to setting the anchor deep for a lifetime of faith. We know it is vital to continually be developing in our understanding of this special group within our children’s ministries – the littles, as we affectionately refer to them – and how to give them Jesus. The stakes are too high – we simply cannot … [Read more...]

Night of Service: Showing Kindness to Our Community

Night of Service: Showing Kindness to Our Community

Once a quarter, we try to turn our attention to our local community and lead the kids in our ministry towards a heart of service. You can read about our other service projects here.  This month, we had a multi-faceted project, focused on showing kindness to those in our community.  The kids helped bake cookies, decorate pre-made sugar cookies, and made cards.  The cookies went to our local law enforcement and fire department and the cards were taken to a local nursing home. To start off … [Read more...]

You’re a V.I.P (Getting Kids Involved in Ministry)

You’re a V.I.P (Getting Kids Involved in Ministry)

It has been our habit for a long time to get kids involved in ministry whenever (and wherever!) we can.  We have them pick jobs each week, hand the service over to them once a year, and encourage a spirit of service whenever possible. A few years back, when we did our Candy All the Way Christmas play, we had a few kids who were much more comfortable backstage than on the stage.  Knowing that these kinds of jobs often are seen as "less valuable"  because they are less visible, we wanted to … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: John 3:16

Sunday Snapshot: John 3:16

Here's a quick look at a recent craft we did in Children's Church.  I traced a plate onto a piece of card stock for the kids and then had them fill in the circle with blue and green paint to make an earth.  In the remaining space, we wrote a portion of John 3:16. Sample Craft Kid Craft … [Read more...]

Having Springtime Fun While Building Motor Skills

Having Springtime Fun While Building Motor Skills

Today's guest post comes from Hillary Smith.  Hillary Smith loves technology and hasn’t met a gadget that didn’t catch her attention. After graduating from the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, Hillary began a career as a freelance writer focusing on the telecommunications industry. She works out every day and spoils her English bulldog, Chauncey. Children are an amazing wonder. Watching them play outside can be an astounding display of energy, coordination, and agility. How can their … [Read more...]

Picture Book Charades (Reading Game for 1st Grade)

Picture Book Charades (Reading Game for 1st Grade)

With school finishing up, your kids might be getting the idea that learning is finished for the summer.  However, there are plenty of fun ways you can keep learning all summer long.   This post comes from Sarah at  Education.com and it's a great way to practice reading with your Kindergartner or First grader this summer. Get silly with reading—a new twist on the old fashioned game of charades will inspire your first grader to look at her favorite books in a whole new light. Put the whole … [Read more...]