Ruth Gleaning in the Fields: Lesson Activity

Ruth Gleaning in the Fields: Lesson Activity

A few weeks ago, we were working through the book of Ruth with the Children's Church program (currently, we're using Sticker through the Bible curriculum).   To introduce the concept of gleaning to the kids, I sprinkled the floor with yarn before their arrival. I asked the kids to pretend they were wheat harvesters and to gather up all the grains/wheat (yarn).  Of course, they were happy to help. After it was all gathered up, I asked one girl to gather up anything that was left. … [Read more...]

Walking on the Water Game

Walking on the Water Game

Recently, we covered Matthew 14 during our Wednesday night program, talking about Jesus walking on the water.  For game time, we did a little "walking on the water" of our own, just like Peter.   Check it out! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56nAZsHco4I Want to play too? What you need: Footprints (we did a separate color for each team/age group) Large open space Tape (I used clear packing tape) What you do: Set up the feet in a left - right pattern going across the floor.  To … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Cooking Dinner

Sunday Snapshot: Cooking Dinner

This is a snapshot from our Tiny Tots classroom (ages 2-4). The lesson involved some cooking in the Bible account so the teacher set up this amazing "stove top".  I'm not sure if it's entirely biblically accurate or not, but it certainly brought the story to life for the little kids and gave them a great way to engage during with the lesson.  As you can see, they continued to play with the set up long after story time was over. … [Read more...]

Truth in the Tinsel: Amazing Resource for Families

Truth in the Tinsel: Amazing Resource for Families

It's that time of year again.  I can hardly believe the amount of snow that is pouring down as I stare out the window.  Especially since not four days ago, we were walking outside without coats in 65 degree weather.  Oh boy. With the coming of the snow, of course, comes the many thoughts of Christmas.  All the things that need to be done and also the ever plaguing question: How can I keep Christmas centered on Christ? Back in 2011, I heard about an amazing resource by Amanda White called … [Read more...]

10 Great Gift Ideas for Your Volunteer Team

10 Great Gift Ideas for Your Volunteer Team

With Christmas just around the corner (44 days, but who's counting?), it's time to start thinking about ways we can show our volunteer team how fabulous they are! Here are 10 ideas that might be useful in your own ministry! 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Volunteer Team Redbox Gift Card taped to a pack of microwave popcorn Fancy soaps (grab them at Bath and Body Works on Black Friday) -- even though this is more of a female gift, men do still wash their hands (hopefully) and they … [Read more...]

Filling the Shoe Boxes! (Operation Christmas Child)

Filling the Shoe Boxes! (Operation Christmas Child)

Did you know it's only 53 days away from Christmas!  Fifty three days!  Odds are, you've already started work on  your Christmas play!  Of course, with Christmas comes the wonderful Operation Christmas Child project!  This is a terrific opportunity to teach your children about generosity, caring for others, and providing for the orphans and widows.     You can check out the Fact Sheet here and find out more information about what to put in your box and where to take it when your done at the … [Read more...]