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...]

The Woman and the Dragon: Revelation 12 & Children’s Ministry

The Woman and the Dragon: Revelation 12 & Children’s Ministry

Our Pastor has been going through a series on Revelation and our Adventure Group teacher thought she'd have a little fun with the Revelation 12 passage (the woman and the red dragon). Our Adventure Group program is for ages 9-12 and it is designed to teach kids how to take meaningful notes during a sermon.  One week they stay in the sanctuary to listen and the next week, they meet as a class to discuss the notes and really make the Bible come to life. For this class meeting, the … [Read more...]

Preschool Story Time: Horses

Preschool Story Time: Horses

We're back at Whitford Park this summer for more Story Time fun!  We've got a fresh line up of new stories and a few of our all time favorites mixed in. To see the full list, head to the Story Time and Crafts Line Up post.  This last week, our theme was horses. Songs We Sang: Have Hello To Everyone (theme song from Chalk Preschool) Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands I Gave My Horse an Apple 10 Galloping Horses Yankee Doodle Books We Read:   This book is great for read-aloud … [Read more...]