Friday, February 21, 2020

How Do We Spell Love in Our Children’s Ministries?

I have an important question for you - how do you show love in your Children's Ministry? What do you actually do to show love to the children, families and volunteers in your ministry? While we certainly do need to say we love them, we must also show it, so how do you show your love? Consider the following ideas . . .

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Keep a Child's Perspective

So, 2020 is here and while it is common to consider the past year as one looks forward to the new year, I want to consider things from a different perspective  . . . a child’s perspective. After all, children are vitally important to God . . . He did enter this world as one!

Stop and think about this! The God of the universe entered this world as a child; as a baby. Talk about one of the weakest entrances ever. But, Scripture does tell us, I Corinthians 1:26-30 – 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Please Help

For ten years I have been writing this blog, sharing ideas, information and resources to help you equip parents and grandparents so they are able to connect with the children they love and hand down the faith to them and help you with developing the most effective Children's Ministry possible. Today I am asking for your help. 

My grandsons helped write the book; Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children by collaborating, writing and illustrating - it is designed to help children, ages four through fourteen, learn to talk with God by praying the Psalms back to God. This book is a must have resources for the grandparents/parents in your ministry who want to hand down the faith by helping the children they love learn to be people who pray and for you to use with the children in your ministry as well. I need your help. Please consider the following . . . 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Gift & Bless the Ones You Love

One important thing the parents and grandparents in your church are able to do for the children they love is to "bless" them . The Bible has many blessings in it which they may use with the ones they love. They may choose their own blessing to give from a favorite Bible verse or use this one from Psalm 86 . . . 

Monday, February 17, 2020

"Maintenance" or "Change the World"? Which Will You Choose?

I saw a very interesting video by George Barna. It is only one minute and four seconds long, but in those 64 seconds he asks a very important question - one every church needs to answer! Watch it at this link and answer it for your church -

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day from Grandmas with Heart

On this day when we think about the love we have for others, just look at how Zephaniah 3:17 describes God's love for us, and the ones we love - 
  • God's love is shown by His presence with us as He is with us.
  • God's love is shown by His choice to save us.
  • God's love is shown by the way He rejoices over us.
  • God's love is shown by how we are able to find rest in His love.
  • God shows His love by singing and being joyful about us!
Oh yes, God absolutely loves us and His great love for us gives us the example to follow in how we show love to others as we . . .

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Grandmas with Heart

Grandmas with HeartMany of you who read About the Children's Department are grandparents/ parents who, along with being involved in Children's Ministry, are also focused upon handing down the faith to the children you love. You also have parents and grandparents in your church who want to do the same. On this blog, along with posts about Children's Ministry, I do sometimes post ideas for handing down the faith. While I will continue to post ideas, resources and tools to help you and the parents and grandparents in your church hand down the faith, today I want to be sure you know about my other blog - Grandmas with Heart and invite you to make it a blog you read, and share with the parents and grandparents in your church, as well.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

When We Get It Wrong the Price They Pay is Far, Far Too High

When we, "get it right" in our Children's Ministries, the result is parents and grandparents are equipped to hand down the faith, we are able to join with them to build upon what they do while we engage children in what we do, provide additional adults to pass the same messages to the children and encourage strong friendships with other children who love Jesus. All of this means the children in our church are equipped to believe, grow, walk and talk with God, so as they become teens and then young adults they will continue to grow, walk and talk with God as they become the parents (and one day grandparents) who hand down the faith. This is what it looks like when we, "get it right".

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

VBS 2020 - Anchored from Group Publishing

Anchored Weekend VBS 2020 Starter KitI'm delighted for the opportunity to once again share Group's weekend VBS with you . . . AnchoredThe idea with this resource is to provide two affordable 2 1/2 hour sessions, plus a one hour celebration which churches could use over one weekend . . . or over three weekends . . . or they might be able to spread it out for one Saturday a month for a Summer of fun! And, if you do not mind repeating games and focusing more on the same Bible Adventure, you could stretch it for a week of VBS.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Equip Children to Know Their Real "Super Power"

When the grandparents in your ministry look back at raising their now grown children, they will likely have things they wish they knew to do differently. I do. The biggest is I wish I knew how to talk with God then, so I would have been able to help them learn how to talk with God. Looking back, I know now how much it matters to help the children we love learn to be people who talk with God on their own, people who watch for how God answers and people who remember what He does in their lives. It is absolutely the most important and essential things for the ones we love to grow to love, know and walk with God.

Now as grandma I know how to talk with God and I understand how absolutely vital it is for me to help my grandchildren learn to be people who talk with God, watch for how He answers and remember what He does. Many grandmas and grandpas I know often ask me what they are able to do to help their grandchildren know, love and walk with God. They do not want their grandchildren to turn away from a walk of their own with God, but do not know what they are able to do to hand down the faith to them.

I understand this, as it is where I was as a mom; but no more. Today I want to encourage you to help grandparents (and parents, too) in your church learn do a simple thing to help equip the children they love ages four to fourteen learn to be people who talk with God, watch for what He does and remember. Then I want to ask for your help to let as many grandparents - and parents, too, know what to do as well.