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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...]

Do Not Fear Puppet Skit

Do Not Fear Puppet Skit

Here's a Halloween puppet skit I created for our upcoming Pumpkin and Pajama party. For a printer friendly version, click here. Scaredy-cat Scarecrow A puppet skit about fear and the God who can overcome it. Sam: Hey kids!  My name is Sam the Scarecrow.  {Jumps and looks behind him}  What was that?  Did you guys hear something? Leader: I didn’t hear anything.  Did you kids? Sam:  {Relaxes} Oh, okay.  I just thought… wait!  Who’s that? Leader:  That’s just one of our leaders for … [Read more...]

Ten on Tuesday: Halloween

Ten on Tuesday: Halloween

Photo Credit: Flickr by minipixel If VBS is the siren call of summer, then Halloween is the frightening fall debate. Do we participate?  Do we offer an alternative?  Do we personally engage?  Do we get mad at church families who send their kids trick or treating?  Tough call. I was just reading through Think Orange again in preparation for Orange Week at KidMin1124 and I happened across a little section on Halloween. Conveniently, Reggie posted the same section on Ministry to Children just … [Read more...]

Halloween Alternatives for Home and Church

Halloween Alternatives for Home and Church

Are you looking for something non-Halloween focused activities to do this fall?  Last year, we had an amazing Princess and Warrior party at the church based roughly on an ideas from Children's Ministry Magazine.  Here are few other ideas: From Bridgette Williams: Having a pizza night for your children and their friends. You can go all out and arrange a party at your local Chunky Cheese pizza restaurant or take the group to their favorite pizza place. Plan a trip to your local … [Read more...]