The Big Questions: Catechism Wall Display

The Big Questions: Catechism Wall Display

We just finished up our first unit teaching kids the Catechism for Boys and Girls.  On review night, we went over the key stories, Scripture verses, and of course, the Questions and Answers.  While not every question was answered correctly, I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I was when one boy, age 7, answered this question: Q: Can God do all things? Without hestitation, he answered, "Yes, God can do all his Holy will!" I was just looking for a yes, but I was so pleased to hear that … [Read more...]

KidCheck: Taking Security to a Whole New Level!

KidCheck: Taking Security to a Whole New Level!

You've got to be ready for growth before it comes. In his book, Stretch: Structuring Your Ministry For Growth, Jim Wideman advises readers to prepare for growth before it gets to you.  If you want to double the size of your ministry, do you have what it takes to accommodate the new size? Do you have enough chairs? Do you have enough teachers? Do you have the classroom space? Do you have the security system you need? As we worked through our "Getting Ready for Growth" checklist, … [Read more...]

Gap Year Graduation Gift

Gap Year Graduation Gift

We were headed to the graduation party of one of the girls from church this past Saturday.  We love this family and I really wanted to give something more than the traditional cash stuffed into a generic card.   Naturally, I took a stroll around Pinterest and found this amazing idea from Proverbs 31 Mom:  I was all set to head up to the Dollar Tree and fill up a basket when I realized this particular grad was taking a gap year and probably wouldn't appreciate laundry soap and highlighters … [Read more...]

Parable of the Seeds and the Sower (Matthew 13)

Parable of the Seeds and the Sower (Matthew 13)

As Children's Ministry people, we're probably all familiar with the Parable of the Sower (or the Parable of the Soils), but keeping all those soils and seeds straight might be a bit of a challenge for the kids in your ministry.  In this lesson, use a table flipped on its side to build an "as-you-go" chart and help the kids keep all those seeds and soils organized in their mind. Setting up the Chart Tape down the first row and second row of cards as you tell the story (Make it even more … [Read more...]

Creation Story Teaching Script (Genesis 1)

Creation Story Teaching Script (Genesis 1)

During the summer, we like to shake things up a bit.  We love the Questions and Answers we've been studying via the Catechism, but summer is a time to be a bit crazy and a little more relaxed. Wait.  Do those things even go together? Either way, for our summer curriculum, we'll be using a few Vacation Bible School programs, spreading them out over five weeks instead of the traditional one week approach. I love using these programs because they are super volunteer friendly, include themed … [Read more...]

No More Perfect Kids {Book Review + Giveaway}

No More Perfect Kids {Book Review + Giveaway}

Motherhood is hard work. I don't know about you, but I'm constantly second-guessing my work choices, schooling choices, parenting choices, you name it!  You may have read about a bit of my struggle in my post, Where is a Woman's Place?  I'm still trying to figure it out, and it seems like I go through a "what is my purpose" crisis every month! There are a few things I'm clear about.  I want my kids to love God and I want them to know they, themselves are deeply loved.  In the midst of the … [Read more...]