Valentine Projects {God’s Great Big Love!}

Valentine Projects {God’s Great Big Love!}

Last summer, we did a Summer Blast (that's the cool term for alternative Vacation Bible School) focused on God's Great Big Love.  Since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, it seemed like an appropriate time to dig some of the crafts out of the archives and showcase them for you! You can grab all the crafts and directions in this PDF. Here's a few projects you'll find in the packet: Paper Heart Wreath Love Themed Bible Verse Chain   Hanging Heart Ribbon Love Water Color … [Read more...]

Youth Quest Study Bible {Review}

Youth Quest Study Bible {Review}

I am always on the lookout for good preteen Bible.  This is sometimes a tough age for kids and we want to make sure that the Bible they are using is engaging and easy to understand.  My friend Sherrie recommended I take a look at the Quest Study Bible from Zondervan. It's a regular NIV Bible but in the margins, there are questions and answers --- things that people might ask as they are reading to the passage.  Zondervan was kind enough to send me a review copy and here's what I … [Read more...]

The Almighty Bible: Exodus

The Almighty Bible: Exodus

After reading The Almighty Bible: Genesis, I was pretty impressed.  Five months later, I'm still thinking about pictures from that book, and am even more impressed that it has allowed me, a seasoned Bible reader, a whole new way to connect with God's Word.   When I finally sat down to read The Almighty Bible: Exodus, I was not disappointed. I mean, who wouldn't get a little wound up seeing the 10 Plagues, the first Passover, walking through the Red Sea, Moses talking with God, and a whole … [Read more...]

Daddy Dates: Book Review

Daddy Dates: Book Review

For this book, my husband did the honor of reading and reviewing the book Daddy Dates by Greg Wright.  Here's what he said: When my wife and I started to consider kids, we were generally told that boys were great and girls were…well the only advice we got was “LOOK OUT”.  After recently having a daughter myself, I was eager to find a book that could provide some practical insights into being an effective dad.    From the start, Greg used the book Daddy Dates as an effective medium to touch on … [Read more...]

Friday Freebie: Adventures in Odyssey

Friday Freebie: Adventures in Odyssey

I was browsing through the latest copy of Thriving Family Magazine when I read about a great radio program for preteens about prayer.  Even better?  You can download it free -- a great resource for both parents and children's ministry workers. Here's the description: Do your tweens understand that prayer reflects a unique relationship between God and man?  Or do they approach prayer like ti's simply a way to get what they want?  As your tweens mature, they may begin to appreciate the … [Read more...]

The Big Story: Babel, Abraham, Isaac

The Big Story: Babel, Abraham, Isaac

For our summer Wednesday night program, we're doing a Story Time approach (check out all our summer plans here).   We will be covering the major stories in the Bible and showing how they are all one big part of God's redeeming plan of love.  Sometimes I read out of the Read and Share Bible, sometimes the kids act out the story using the Big Action Bible Skits book, and sometimes leaders act it out for the kids.  After the story, the kids head to stations. What are the Stations? I'm so glad you … [Read more...]