Summer Theme Nights!

Summer Theme Nights!

One thing we love to do at our church during the summer months is ramp up the fun!  Instead of our normal small group time, we play games outside and allow extra time for kids just hanging out with each other.  We also have theme nights.  Here's the list of the themes we'll be having this year -- stay tuned for more pictures! … [Read more...]

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

For the past few years, we've been spending Monday mornings at a local park, reading stories and doing simple crafts with kids.  This year, we're trying something a little different.  We'll be focusing on art projects and structuring the program as more of an open house so parents can come and go as their schedule allows.  I'll be posting soon about our art projects of choice, but I thought I'd salute the past by doing a round-up of last year's books and projects in case you're looking for some … [Read more...]

{New} Easy to Understand Children’s Bible (Resource Review)

{New} Easy to Understand Children’s Bible (Resource Review)

I'm always on the lookout for a good kids Bible so I was delighted to see if the International Children's Bible in a recent Dispatch box. This Bible is unique in that it was the first translation of the Scriptures prepared specifically for children. Translated from the original languages this Bible seeks to be simple enough for children to read and understand it for themselves. Senses are short and uncomplicated, and difficult words are turned into simpler synonyms. Unfamiliar words are … [Read more...]

Ready to Saturate the World?

Ready to Saturate the World?

Every so often, you pick up a book that totally rocks your world. Last year for me, it was Sacred Year, a book that urges readers to slow down, go deep, and dwell the presence of God.  Lessons learned from that book still echo frequently in my mind. This year, I think the book will be Saturate.  Though I must confess, I listened to the book rather than read it (a first for me!).  As I heard the opening pages of this book, written by Jeff Vanderstelt, I knew it would be a book that would shape … [Read more...]

Infuse Retreat: Church Tour

Infuse Retreat: Church Tour

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of joining together with a great group of fellow Children's Ministry leaders at the Infuse Retreat with Jim Wideman.  During the retreat, there was a lot of learning and a lot of eating, and I loved getting to know these great people! While we were there, we were able to tour Jim's church, Experience Community Church.  Just seven years ago, this was a church plant with only 3-4 people and a God-sized vision.   This year, on Easter Sunday, they saw … [Read more...]

Taking Coloring to New Heights with Jesus Inspires Me Coloring Book (Review)

Taking Coloring to New Heights with Jesus Inspires Me Coloring Book (Review)

You might be familiar with the Knowing God series by Callie Grant -- board books designed to introduce even the littlest to important concepts about God and ourselves. Now the characters from these books are starring in their own coloring and activity book!   Here is a page featuring Silas, who was named after the friend of Paul.  Silas is found in the Jesus Saves Me book (shown below): Not only do kids get to take a closer look at the characters they've come to know and … [Read more...]