Terrific Bible Study Resource: The BE Series

Terrific Bible Study Resource: The BE Series

Recently, we've been on the hunt for new Sunday School curriculum.  A few years back, we went to an church-wide curriculum program with The Story and it was met with rave reviews. After The Story, we gave LifeWay's Bible Studies for Life curriculum a try.  It's pretty safe to say that one tanked.   People couldn't really connect to the material and discussions were seriously stifled.  Thus, we're on the hunt again for Sunday School curriculum.  People loved the concept of The Story and … [Read more...]

5 Quick Low-Prep Games for Kids

5 Quick Low-Prep Games for Kids

Oh no!  You've run out of lesson and it's communion Sunday.  The Pastor must have had an overdose of coffee because he's still going strong and you're starting to get concerned about the mounting chaos in your classroom.  Don't panic!  Play one of these quick low-prep few props needed games instead. 5 Quick Low-Prep Games for Kids #1 Sneaky Patty Gather everyone into a circle with a chair in the middle. Under the chair, put a teddy. On the chair, put the birthday child, wearing a blindfold. … [Read more...]

Notes from a Blue Bike {Book Review + Giveaway}

Notes from a Blue Bike {Book Review + Giveaway}

It's not often that I find a book whose message flows seamlessly into my life and yet still challenges me to make some real changes in my daily living.  Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider does just that. I've been a fan of Tsh's since I stumbled onto her blog The Simple Mom (now renamed The Art of Simple) a few years back.  I loved listening to her interview with Darren Rowse via ProBlogger podcast and I've admired her work as a writer … [Read more...]

Oodles of Noodles (13 Games to Play with Pool Noodles)

Oodles of Noodles (13 Games to Play with Pool Noodles)

My husband was just up at the grocery store yesterday and informed me that Halloween candy is on the shelves already.  Now that's just too much.  Back to school I can understand.  Halloween?   Let us just enjoy summer! If the Fall stuff is coming out, now is a great time to grab up the summer clearance, including Pool Noodles!  There are plenty of fun things to do with pool noodles (including helping your boots stay upright), but for this post, we'll focus on some fun games! 13 Games to Play … [Read more...]

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...]