Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

The lazy hazy days of summer are upon us. If you’re a parent, the novelty of summer break is probably just starting to wear down a bit. My kids have slept in for the past few days, and the schedule definitely needs to be readjusted. While I’ve secured passes to a local theme park/water park, I’m also always on the hunt for inexpensive—or free!—ideas to keep those boys entertained…and away from their devices. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the screen recommendation for … [Read more...]

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Hello! A few days ago, I was honored to present at the INCM Early Childhood Webinar.  I promised I would try to post pictures of some of the crafts I shared during that webinar for those of you who might not have been able to take notes at the time. These crafts are perfect for ages 6 months through about 5 years old. 10 Essential Craft Supplies To begin, you want to make sure your cupboards are stocked with these essential supplies.  With these things on hand, you can do almost any of the … [Read more...]

Loving and Serving the Little Ones (Upcoming Webinar from INCM)

Loving and Serving the Little Ones (Upcoming Webinar from INCM)

Hi there!  I wanted to share an upcoming event with you all!  This was originally posted on the INCM website: There is no question that the early years of a child’s life are critical when it comes to setting the anchor deep for a lifetime of faith. We know it is vital to continually be developing in our understanding of this special group within our children’s ministries – the littles, as we affectionately refer to them – and how to give them Jesus. The stakes are too high – we simply cannot … [Read more...]

Night of Service: Showing Kindness to Our Community

Night of Service: Showing Kindness to Our Community

Once a quarter, we try to turn our attention to our local community and lead the kids in our ministry towards a heart of service. You can read about our other service projects here.  This month, we had a multi-faceted project, focused on showing kindness to those in our community.  The kids helped bake cookies, decorate pre-made sugar cookies, and made cards.  The cookies went to our local law enforcement and fire department and the cards were taken to a local nursing home. To start off … [Read more...]

Going Shopping for Baby! Tips for New Moms

Going Shopping for Baby! Tips for New Moms

Mother's Day is just around the corner and many new mothers are excited to go shopping for their little one!  Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your shopping experience.   New parents have a lot of important things that they must consider. They need to schedule medical appointments to make sure their baby is healthy. They also need to buy items such as a car seat, stroller, high chair and a crib. There will of course be many purchases of baby food, formula, diapers and wipes. … [Read more...]

You’re a V.I.P (Getting Kids Involved in Ministry)

You’re a V.I.P (Getting Kids Involved in Ministry)

It has been our habit for a long time to get kids involved in ministry whenever (and wherever!) we can.  We have them pick jobs each week, hand the service over to them once a year, and encourage a spirit of service whenever possible. A few years back, when we did our Candy All the Way Christmas play, we had a few kids who were much more comfortable backstage than on the stage.  Knowing that these kinds of jobs often are seen as "less valuable"  because they are less visible, we wanted to … [Read more...]