Fall Festival Game Ideas

Fall Festival Game Ideas

I love Pinterest. Well, I love the idea of Pinterest.  I like bookmarking things and keeping collections of things I love.  I "pin" a lot of things, and then quickly forget about them and never glance in that direction again.  However, today, I thought I'd actually use this fabulous site for something useful -- finding great games for a Halloween Block Party or some other Fall Festival you'll be holding at church. Be sure to check out this post of all our games and pictures from our 2013 … [Read more...]

Princess and Warrior Party {Repost}

Princess and Warrior Party {Repost}

In 2009, for our Fall/Halloween party at church, we did a Princess and Warrior theme.  The girls came dressed as princesses, sat at lovely decorated tables and ate princess pink pancakes.  Afterwards, they watched a skit about Queen Esther.  The boys met at a "campsite" in the gym, with the lights dimmed and fake fires blazing.  They munched on hot dogs and then participated in a skit about Gideon.  It was a complete blast!   Check out some of the pictures below. Princess Table Warrior … [Read more...]

Planning a Halloween Block Party

Planning a Halloween Block Party

As a child, we never celebrated Halloween.  We closed the door, turned off the light, and had a family night.  I grew up knowing the roots of Halloween are not something to be celebrated, and I still agree with that sentiment.  As a parent, I might continue in this tradition.  However, I'm not just a parent -- I'm also a Children's Ministry Director, and as such, it's my job to really shine the light of Jesus into the community. I was listening to Children's Ministry Talk last year and they … [Read more...]

Halloween: What Are You Planning?

Halloween: What Are You Planning?

It's a controversial holiday.   I still haven't quite decided where I land on the whole issue, and it's only complicated by the fact that now I have my own children to think about!  What about your ministry?  What are planning this year?   … [Read more...]

Pumpkin and Pajama Party! {Picture Slideshow}

Pumpkin and Pajama Party! {Picture Slideshow}

Last night we had our Pumpkin and Pajama Party at the church, and I must say, it was a blast!  We doubled our normal attendance, and had some great fun with people from the community.  My daughter got all dressed up to go, but alas, she was too young for the party! Check out this Animoto video of all the fun!  As usual, we had a GREAT team of volunteers.  Thanks everyone! Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com. We also got a great "God Story" from the party.  I bought all the mini … [Read more...]

Who Do We Think We’re Fooling?

Who Do We Think We’re Fooling?

I've been thinking quite a bit about Halloween this year.  Perhaps because I now have my own little rug-rat who will be asking about costumes and candy in a few short years.  Perhaps because I've been focusing a bit more on outreach lately.  At any rate, I was reading a post on Stuff Christians Like about the "Hybrid Halloween".  Jon writes: It’s not Halloween, it’s not. Is it held in October? Yes. Do kids get candy? Yes. Do kids dress up? Yes. Are there pumpkins involved? Yes. But it’s not … [Read more...]