Sunday Snapshot: I love kids (and their artwork!)

Sunday Snapshot: I love kids (and their artwork!)

Sometimes we are so busy running around to "get stuff done" that we forget to really enjoy the kids we are serving.  The other day, one of my children's church kids made me this art project to show all the things he liked about me.  What an encouraging thing to hang on the fridge! What About You? What are the little things that keep you going and really encourage your heart? … [Read more...]

Fight Hunger with Rice Bowls

Fight Hunger with Rice Bowls

We've all heard of world hunger.  It's one of those problems that seem to plague us... niggling in the back of our mind every time we throw out a half eaten apple.   Fighting hunger is something we all want to do, especially when it comes to kids.  It's not the motivation we lack, it's the clear direction on what to do.    That's what I'm so pleased to be partnering with Rice Bowls, a company dedicated to fighting world hunger, one bowl at a time. Rice Bowls is a non-profit organization … [Read more...]

Back to School Party!

Back to School Party!

It's hard to believe it's nearing the end of July already.  Some of you may still be trying to catch your breath from Vacation Bible School or Summer programs and yet Back to School celebrations are just around the corner! Here are some of the games and activities from our party last year.  Maybe the ideas will help give you a head start! Back to School Party! Check out some game ideas below and a fun way to help kids pace themselves throughout the fun! Pin the Crayon in the Box For this … [Read more...]

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary (Christmas in July!)

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary (Christmas in July!)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Okay, I know it's not Christmas time yet, but our church did just celebrate a "Christmas in July" week to draw attention to the Operation Christmas Child campaign and I thought I'd share a Christmas post in honor of the occasion as well. Last Christmas, in Children's Church, we learned about the angel Gabriel's visit to Mary (Luke 2).  We were using Tru Sunday School for our Children's Church curriculum and loving it. In our Children's Church … [Read more...]

10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

It's hard to believe that we're almost halfway through yet another year.  How has your year been so far?  Much of the same?   Filled with surprises or changes?  I'd love to hear about it! In the meantime, feel free to check out Growing Kids Ministry's most popular posts so far this year. #1: The Minute to Win it Series, specifically, More Minute to Win it for Church #2: Weird Animal VBS Decorating Ideas #3 Elisha and the Widow's Oil (Part of the 31 Days of Bible Crafts … [Read more...]

Eight Great Sidewalk Chalk Games for Kids

Eight Great Sidewalk Chalk Games for Kids

Sidewalk chalk is a staple of summer and a great way to build a game in a snap. Last week, we played a fun bulls eye game with some chalk and sponges and I thought I'd dig around for a few more to play this summer. #1 SNAIL HOPSCOTCH Draw a large circle (about 12 inches) on the ground and then draw a very large spiral board on the concrete starting at the circle and spiraling out to look like a snails shell.  Divide the spirals into spaces about 12 - 14" apart and number them.   The first … [Read more...]