My Favorite Posts of 2013

My Favorite Posts of 2013

You’ve probably already seen the Most Popular Posts of 2013 here on Growing Kids Ministry, but I wanted to share a few of my personal favorites as well.

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#1 Preschool Homeschool: Winter Fun

B is for Bird

This post is loaded with some fun winter projects we did here at home along with links to some great resources around the web.  

#2 Celebrating Purim: Making Hamantaschen

Celebrating Purim with Hamantaschen

I love a good “off the beaten path” holiday to celebrate, and Purim is a terrific one for me.  It’s rich history and emphasis on the brave young woman, Esther, make it a great lesson for the kids as well.

#3 Learning To Let Go

Learning to Let Go

This is a story from my personal ministry when I choose to let my control-freak tendencies go for a night and was amazed at the results.

#4 St. Patrick’s Day Lesson

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow

 Inspired by the Challenge on the Hill of Fire, I spent quite a bit of time last year talking to both my own kids and the kids at church about St. Patrick, a real hero of the faith.

#5 Teaching Preschoolers About Quiet Time

Preschool Bible Reading

I wanted to make Bible study and reflection time an important time in our house, but struggled to find a good time that fit into our daily routine.  When we stumbled upon nap time devotions, I was pleasantly surprised by the results.  Over a year later, it’s still a great time for exploring God’s Word together.

#6 Budget Friendly Classroom Decorations

Solar System Wall Mural

We all want our classrooms to look terrific, but the budget often keeps us pretty restrained.  In this post, I share a few of the low-cost ways we’ve jazzed up our Children’s Ministry space.

#7 Mr. Good Attitude and Mr. Bad Attitude: Teaching the Beatitudes to Kids

Mr. Good Attitude

This simple lesson turned out to be a huge hit with the kids, young and old alike.  I loved that they were all up and moving and completely into the lesson.

#8 The Gathering: Megan Marshman

megan fate marshman

There were some AMAZING speakers at the Gathering this year, and I especially loved Megan’s keynote talk.  It was so gripping and such a cool way to demonstrate what Christ has done for us.  Click through the link to watch the whole presentation on video.

#9 Good Kings and Bad Kings: Complete Children’s Church Lesson

The Divided Kingdom (11)

This is a lesson we did when we were going through Zondervan’s Curriculum: The Story (get the book for only $2.99 on Kindle).  I wanted to chart out all the kings of Israel and Judah for the kids and with some audience participation, it seemed they really got the gist of things.

#10 I Appreciate Cows

Cow Appreciation Day!  Erie, PA | Chick-Fil-A

I told you I loved off the wall holidays.  Every year, on July 12th, we suit up like cows and head to Chick-Fil-A for some fun and free food.  Read all about our adventure!

#11 31 days of Bible Crafts Series

Sunday School and Children's Church Crafts and Activities

The perfect opportunity to share all the fun we’ve been having in kidmin!

#12 Where is a Woman’s Place

Asbury Woods, Fall Leaves


Do you ever struggle with your role when it comes to family and ministry balance?  I know I do.  Read all about it in the above post.


What has been your favorite post of 2013?

I’d love to hear about it.

Leave me a comment!

p.s. Did you see the new TOP 100 CHILDREN‘S MINISTRY BLOGS post over at Ministry to Children yet?  Be sure to check it out and discover some great new blogs to read this year!

Top Children's Ministry Blogs

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