Halloween Block Party: Getting the Candy Ready!

Halloween Block Party: Getting the Candy Ready!

For the third year in a row, we're taking ministry to the streets during Halloween. We've tried a few different events for the fall season (check them out here) and the block party has come out a clear winner.   This year, we're moving the party to a new house that is closer to the church.  Of course, one of the key elements of a successful party is CANDY!   The week before the party, we spend a little time getting the candy bags ready for the party.  Care to follow along? Getting Started For … [Read more...]

Halloween Block Party

Halloween Block Party

Hey Friends!  Don't worry, I didn't forget about the last day in my 31 Days of Bible Crafts series.  I wanted to post about our annual Fall Block party, but I wanted to wait until I had some good pictures to show you.  Of course, I always forget to take pictures while it's still LIGHT out, but I've got a few to share. Now, I'm not going to give some kind of speech on what Christians should do about Halloween, because frankly, I have no idea.  I can't decide where I stand, but I figured that I … [Read more...]

Story time in the Park: Sheep

Story time in the Park: Sheep

We've been doing Story Time at Whitford Park in Erie all summer and man, do I love it!  It's one of my favorite things in the ministry.  Recently, we had a sheep theme day.  Here's the details on books and crafts. Books We Read:  The Little Lamb Sheep in a Jeep Miss Jen Reading Stories This week, Miss Jen joined us as the story reader. She's an elementary teacher at a local school, so she already knew a few faces.  I love when we can make those kind of connections.   It shows that the … [Read more...]

Story Time in the Park: Ocean Fun

Story Time in the Park: Ocean Fun

We've been having a great time doing story time at Whitford Park this summer. This week's theme was Oceans. Books We Read: Beach Day Beach Day! (Max and Ruby) Seashells by the Seashore The kids really loved Max and Ruby and listened well for Beach Day, but Seashells by the Seashore seemed a little too advanced for our 3-5 year old crowd.  Older kids would really enjoy it though. Songs and Fingerplays Five Little Fishies httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG84bpW6lcU There Was a … [Read more...]

Story Time: Counting

Story Time: Counting

Monday was our first story time at Whitford park.  It went great!  Story time is one of my favorite parts of summer ministry because we get to be OUT in the community.   I love seeing someone I met at story time at a parade or at the grocery store and you can kind of see the light click..."Oh, these church people are just like me."   I love that we can serve local families this way.    Here's what we did this week! Books: 10 Apples Up On Top One Moose, Twenty Mice   Ten … [Read more...]

How’s Your Summer Going?

How’s Your Summer Going?

This year, we decided to take a break from Vacation Bible School, and here's our letter to the church explaining why: We’re Taking a Break from Vacation Bible School We love seeing all those kid faces flood into the church on VBS week.  The singing, the crafts, the games, and the costumes – what could be better, right?  We asked ourselves that same question --- could we make a program that’s even better than VBS?  Something that might keep kids with us longer or something that might draw … [Read more...]