My Favorite Books of 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014

According to my New Year's Resolution, I had hoped to read 100 books in the year 2014.   I have to admit, I didn't keep very good track of all the books I tried to read, but I did pin most of the books I finished to this board. There were a few books that weren't especially grand, but did have a few useful tidbits here and there.  Then there were a few that were really life changing.  I thought I'd share my favorite books with you here.  If you have a Kindle, be sure to sign up for David … [Read more...]

Coming Soon: Classroom Management Series!

Coming Soon: Classroom Management Series!

Chances are, most of the gifts are unwrapped and the cooking and baking are done. There's a lot of family relaxing going on and perhaps some reflecting on the year that has so quickly past. Photo via Flickr If you're anything like me, you might have even began to set some goals for (yikes!) 2015.  One of the things I hear Children's Ministry people talking about most frequently is discipline in the classroom (or lack of!).  Indeed, classroom management is a huge factor both in your own job … [Read more...]

The Christmas Play is Complete!

The Christmas Play is Complete!

Whew! After much hard work, this year's Children's Christmas Play is complete and everyone did a terrific job.  In an effort to get the sanctuary back into shape as quickly as possible, much of the play props end up in the Children's Ministry office... leaving it... well a bit of a mess.  Can you relate? Here's a Sunday Snapshot for you! … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Christmas Morning Sweet Rolls

Guest Post: Christmas Morning Sweet Rolls

Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate with family traditions!  Even if you already have some time honored traditions of your own, it's fun to read about how others celebrate and you might even decide to add one or two traditions to your holiday celebrations.   That's just what Liz Murray of Simple Life Messy Life was thinking when she put together the Christ Centered Christmas Traditions series.   You can check out my guest post for the series all about Christmas morning sweet … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas from CMConnect!!

I just got this email in my inbox this morning and thought I'd share it in case you hadn't heard about it.  What an amazing blessing!    I've never been so excited to write an email!  Before Jesus sent out his twelve disciples in Matthew 10, he said to them, "Freely you have received, freely give." Well, I like to think this principal of generosity was not just for the twelve he sent out. I believe it is also for all of us who follow Him. I'm excited because we have received freely; … [Read more...]

Solomon Builds the Temple: Craft Ideas

Solomon Builds the Temple: Craft Ideas

Looking for some great craft and activity ideas for a lesson about Solomon and the Temple? Here's a few ideas to get you started! Scripture Focus: 1 Kings 6 and 2 Chronicles 3 For our Children's Church program, we teach ages 4-9 in the same classroom.  It can get pretty rowdy, so we try to keep the lesson short and the hands-on activities plentiful.  Generally, we gather the kids in the middle of the room (a blanket keeps them corralled) as the teacher reviews the past week and teaches the … [Read more...]