Children’s Catechism: Getting Started

Children’s Catechism: Getting Started

This week we're officially starting a new curriculum in our Wednesday night Kids' Club program.  I really wanted to "get back to basics" this year and dig deep into both God's Word and the core tenets of a Biblical worldview.    I found the Kids' Quest curriculum by Great Commission Publications recently and decided to give it a try.  I really like the content, but the "Small Group" component is a little lacking, so I'll be digging around for some supplemental material and posting it here. … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Your Small Groups

Making the Most of Your Small Groups

Just realized this didn't get posted!  Sorry for the lateness! For my second breakout at The Gathering, I attended the Small Group session with Matt Barnes, Angelina Pavone and Stacy Igarashi.   They all work at Rock Harbor, and it was great to hear how they run things week in and week out.  Here are some notes from the session: Elements of the Tru Curriculum Anticipate (early activity to set the stage for the lesson to come) Large Group Lesson Response (check Tommy Larson's post for … [Read more...]

All that Glitters Book Review

The second book in Nicole O' Dell's Scenarios series, All That Glitters, holds just as much promise as her first book, Truth or Dare. Using a slightly modified "choose your own adventure" format, readers are able to truly engage in the story and feel the consequences of the choices they make. In All that Glitters, twin sisters Dani and Drew are entering the ninth grade, with Drew determined to change her little girl image and break free from the "twin status" and be seen as an individual. … [Read more...]

Truth or Dare (Scenarios #1): Book Review

Truth or Dare (Scenarios #1): Book Review

Great Resource for Preteen Girls Looking for something to use with your preteen girls group?  Nicole O'Dell's Interactive Fiction for Girls may be a great option.  This Spring, we ran an Appleseeds program (we recently changed the name to Faithgirls) for our preteen girls.  While the content in the Appleseeds book was solid, it wasn't always the most engaging material for the girls.  I was looking for something new when I stumbled upon this series published by Barbour Publishing.  The company … [Read more...]

It’s in the Bag!

Saw this great idea on the KidMin Blog.  Check it out: Tomorrow my son will be the Teacher’s Assistant in his first grade class room. As part of his special day, Liam needs to decorate and fill a lunch bag with five things that define who he is. Now, granted, Mr. Bedi didn’t use the word “define” but rather “that tell the class about you.” This is a show and tell of sorts. Once Liam has finished his presentation, Mr. Bedi will chose five kids to ask Liam questions about the items. For … [Read more...]

Don’t Roll The Dice (Purity and Taking Chances)

Don’t Roll The Dice (Purity and Taking Chances)

Recently I gave a talk to the eighth grade girls at a local Catholic school. The whole day was centered around peer pressure and making good decisions. My job was to talk with the girls a little bit about relationships. We laid the foundation with a chat about our relationship with God and family and then we moved into the "hotter" topics: namely friendships with other girls and relationships with boys (oh man!). For our discussion about boys, we focused on purity and modesty. We used the … [Read more...]