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Story Time Round-Up

Story Time Round-Up

This summer, the kids and I loaded up into our very crowded car every Monday morning and headed to Whitford Park. We read stories, sang songs, and made crafts with the kids in the community, hoping to share the love of God in a meaningful and practical way. We repeated the whole process on Monday night over at Shades Beach.  Because of Story Time, we made new friends, strengthened friendships we already had, and generally had a lot of fun.   I tried to posts pictures of our adventures each … [Read more...]

Game Night!  {Outdoor Fun for Kids}

Game Night! {Outdoor Fun for Kids}

This week is GAME night at Kids for Christ and we're packing in the fun!  I don't know if we'll be able to sneak in all these great ideas, but we'll try our best.  Are you looking for some great ideas for outdoor fun?  Read on, my friend! YARD TWISTER Who wouldn't love a game where you get to SPRAY paint the grass.  Had to get clearance from the trustees on this one, but what a blast!  Check out Apartment Therapy's post for full details!  Perhaps I'll post about my own adventure making the … [Read more...]

Wet and Wild Water Games for Kids!

Wet and Wild Water Games for Kids!

This summer, we're trying to amp up our regular Wednesday night services instead of doing a whole separate VBS (or whatever you call it!) program.  Kind of the less is more approach.   We have theme nights and spend extra time outside playing games.  On one particular week, the weather was scorching hot, so I dug around online for some quick, easy, and super fun water games for the kids. Here's some ideas I found! Sponge Toss  Set out bucket of water and a large sponges. Soak them in the … [Read more...]

Family Friendly Summer Activities for Erie, PA!

Family Friendly Summer Activities for Erie, PA!

Welcome to the third annual Erie Staycation post here at Growing Kids Ministry!  You can check out Year #1 here and Year #2 here for even more ideas.  This year, I decided to start with asking some of "the locals" about their favorite activities here in Erie.   With two little ones, my outings generally consist of the zoo, the Children's Museum, and Chick-fil-A (all of which I would highly recommend, of course!).  I wanted to grab a few more ideas from my friends.  Here's what they … [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...]

Summer Blast! {VBS Alternative}

Summer Blast! {VBS Alternative}

I have to admit, I don't know where to fall on the whole Vacation Bible School debate. On one hand, it seems like a lot of work and a lot of cost. It's exhausting to organize, it's exhausting to execute, and it's a little frustrating when the program is seen as nothing more as free babysitting. On the other hand, it's a whole lot of fun.  There's something so cool about transforming the whole church into Egypt for a week and getting a "first-hand" experience of Joseph's life, … [Read more...]