Armor of God Lesson: Small Group Ideas

Armor of God Lesson: Small Group Ideas

Are you looking for some great crafts, games, or activities to coordinate with an Armor of God lesson?  You've come to the right place.  Keep reading to discover ways we can teach about the armor of God and fighting sin. Games Put on your Armor Relay Race: In this game, one student will serve as the model and the rest of the kids will run in the race.  Have the model student stand on one end of the playing area and have a number of props beside them to represent the armor of God (for … [Read more...]

Summer Wilderness Program for Teens

Summer Wilderness Program for Teens

Being a teenager is not an easy job. Youth today experience cases of alienation, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and even suicide. Young adults are spending more time in front of computers or phones than in front of family or nature. For families with struggling teens, there is a wonderful opportunity where young adults can enjoy positive group interactions in a beautiful, outdoor setting. When planning family travel or vacations, the following option is well … [Read more...]

Coming Soon: Infuse with Jim Wideman

Coming Soon: Infuse with Jim Wideman

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Jim Wideman and some amazing fellow Children's Ministry friends through the Infuse Program. It was a truly insightful experience and it helped me to sort through some things that have been weighing heavy on my heart for some time.   I'll share a few more details soon, but in the meantime -- you can grab some of the wisdom I gleaned for yourself with Jim's book, Tweetable Leadership. Tweetable Leadership is a collection of … [Read more...]

Good Gifts from God: What it Means to Be a Christian

Good Gifts from God: What it Means to Be a Christian

We're continuing on with our What's Up curriculum, written by Jack Klumpenhower, during our midweek program.   I am still a big fan of the content, but it's becoming increasingly clear that there is no good way to simplify it for the younger ages.  Our older groups have said good things and I think it's creating more of a culture of authenticity among the kids (they are readily admitting sins and shortcomings), but I wouldn't do it again simply because of the complexity of the material (it would … [Read more...]

Great Ways to Get Outdoors this Spring

Great Ways to Get Outdoors this Spring

With the days growing a bit longer and the weather growing a bit warmer (most days!), everyone in our family is itching to get outdoors more.   In the early days of spring, with the rainy skies, cold winds, and muddy ground, sometimes it can be tough to get outside. Sometimes it's just easier to "wait for another day". However, when I recently read on the Kids Safety Network that even prisoners spend more time outside than the average kid, I was determined to find some ways to enjoy the … [Read more...]

What Grades Do I Get?  (Justification by Faith)

What Grades Do I Get? (Justification by Faith)

We're on Lesson 4 in the "What's Up" Series, which is all about the heart of the gospel.  Last week, we talked about sin of the heart. This week, we'll discuss how our "report cards" aren't looking so good and there is no way we could earn our way into heaven.  We can't justify ourselves.  That's why we need Jesus to give us justification by faith. The Big Idea: Only faith in Jesus can give us "good grades" with God. Large Group: For our large group time, we'll have a visit from Smug … [Read more...]