Giant Creation Mural

Giant Creation Mural

Did you ever have a project that just took on a life of it's own?  Our Children's Church creation mural was one of those projects!  I knew covering "what happened on what day" wasn't going to cut it with these kids, so we needed to think a little more "outside the box" for the day's lesson.   We have a wide age range in our Children's Church program, so it needed to be something simple to explain and easy to implement. Someone from our church had recently donated a GIANT roll of "throw-away" … [Read more...]

Fall Themed Volunteer Appreciation

Fall Themed Volunteer Appreciation

Have you told your volunteer team "Thanks" lately?  If your kidmin team is anything like mine, they do a lot to keep the Children's Ministry up and running.  One way to thank them for all their hard work is to publicly show how much you appreciate them.  Here's one way to show some volunteer appreciation with some fall style! This is the door to my office.  The great thing about it's location is the fact that you see it as soon as you step in the front door.  Perfect for volunteer team … [Read more...]

Growing Kids Ministry: 10 Most Popular Posts

Growing Kids Ministry: 10 Most Popular Posts

New here?  Regular reader?  Either way, I hope you find something to dive into! Minute to Win It Series (Great games for families and kidmin!) Fall Festival Game Ideas Shake it Up VBS Decorations Thrifty Egyptian Crafts Children's Ministry Job Description Make Your Own Plaster of Paris Toilet Paper Roll Crafts Parallels between Joseph and Jesus Children's Church Curriculum Review When Do We Need A Check In System?    This post is part of: … [Read more...]

Craig Johnson: Four Keys to Leadership

Craig Johnson: Four Keys to Leadership

Craig Johnson opened his session with some of the surprises that he encountered in ministry.  A few things like People aren't always nice. Leaders are territorial. People didn't always like his ideas. After being faced with some of these things, he did the natural thing... look for a new job in the classified ads.  :)  Then, he began to think rationally again and starting pondering some things about leadership.  Here are four keys to leadership according to Craig Johnson.  1. … [Read more...]

Decorating for Summer Blast {VBS}

Decorating for Summer Blast {VBS}

For our VBS program this year, we did something a little non-traditional by running it for four Wednesdays instead of a straight week.   We did a few other things differently, but you can read all about that in this post.  One of the nice side-effects of having a summer program for a whole month is that the sanctuary got some fun Summer decorations for a month.   We focused mainly on the sanctuary since that's where we were doing our lesson and singing time, but we did add a few other … [Read more...]

More or Less in Family Ministry

More or Less in Family Ministry

I looked at my front window one sunny day in June to see a trail of kids walking, skipping and shuffling along the sidewalk in front of my house.  My eye caught the face of a girl who attends our church.  I rushed onto the front porch just in time to hear her say to a friend, “I know the people who live here.  Really, I do.”  I called her name and waved.  Delighted, Katie* ran over for a hug and proudly strutted back to the line.   I’ve gotten to know Katie pretty well during my time in the … [Read more...]