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...]

Fruity Loopy Toddler Learning Activities

Fruity Loopy Toddler Learning Activities

With Christmas just around the corner, you're likely scrambling to get things done while still trying to squeeze in some learning along the way!  If you're looking for a few easy toddler activities, grab a box of Fruit loops and keep reading. Activity #1: Fruity Tree Let your toddler or preschooler decorate a construction paper tree with fruit loops or cheerios. They can either use liquid glue and a paint brush (shown above) or a glue stick, depending on the level of mess you're … [Read more...]

Operation Christmas Child Yard Sale

Operation Christmas Child Yard Sale

The tables in our church gym are full of stuff.  Boxes filled with old clothes, dish sets, toys, and a whole lot more.  Normally, I don't endorse this sort of thing, but this time, it's for a good cause. The Operation Christmas Child yard sale is just around the corner! Last year, our Shoe Box coordinator extraordinaire came up with an great idea.  While you can't put old toys and stuffed animals in a shoe box to send overseas, you can gather them all up, hold a giant yard sale and use the … [Read more...]

10 Christmas Bulletin Board Ideas for Church

10 Christmas Bulletin Board Ideas for Church

There's nothing like a good bulletin board to brighten up your classroom or hallway. I've seen some amazing door decorations as well, but perhaps we'll save that for another post.  If you're looking for a Christmas themed bulletin board for your church or Children's Ministry, you've come to the right place.  Keep browsing for ten ideas to get you started! 10 Christmas Bulletin Board Ideas for Church #1 Gingerbread Men This idea comes from My Classroom Ideas and it looks like each of the … [Read more...]

Truth in Tinsel: Week One Highlights

Truth in Tinsel: Week One Highlights

Have you checked out the Truth in the Tinsel ebook yet? It is one of THE BEST resources I've seen for very young children during the Advent season.  It's great way to slow down and savor the month of December (hard task!) and to really focus on the true Christmas story in the weeks leading up to the celebration of Christ's birth.   Here are some highlights from the first year we went through the book.   Want a quick snapshot of the first week in Truth in Tinsel?  Then you've come to … [Read more...]

Truth in the Tinsel: Amazing Resource for Families

Truth in the Tinsel: Amazing Resource for Families

It's that time of year again.  I can hardly believe the amount of snow that is pouring down as I stare out the window.  Especially since not four days ago, we were walking outside without coats in 65 degree weather.  Oh boy. With the coming of the snow, of course, comes the many thoughts of Christmas.  All the things that need to be done and also the ever plaguing question: How can I keep Christmas centered on Christ? Back in 2011, I heard about an amazing resource by Amanda White called … [Read more...]