Thursday, July 2, 2015

Never Give Up!

Many years ago - 38 years to be exact - I was a sophomore in high school and was on my church's Word of Life quiz team. I was excited to be asked to be part of the team and somewhat nervous at my first quiz match - we had matches once a month in the local area where I lived and then the local, regional and international competitions. 

At any rate, my first question I ever answered is one I still remember today, "According to Romans 12:1,2, how is God's will described?" The answer; "Good, acceptable and perfect" . . . and I got the answer correct!

Well, I recently was spending some time in Roman's 12 as I worked on personalizing and praying this passage and I noticed the following . . . 

What Do I Need to See?

In our children's and family ministries "imparting information" is important and we "impart" a lot of "information". We teach Bible lessons, we train volunteers, we encourage parents/grandparents . . . we "impart" a lot of "information". But, do we focus on asking God to "open eyes"?  

When it comes to the things we need to do, it is infinitely most important for us to pray for "eyes to be opened". What are some things where we need to have our eyes . . . and the eyes of children, parents/grandparents and volunteers . . . opened, so we "see"? Consider the following . . . 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Don't Forget the Grandparents!

On my other blog, grandma's cookie jar, I once wrote about a very LOUD thunder
storm which went through the area where I live. My grandsons were spending the night and I was sure the storm would wake them up; I was extremely surprised when they slept through it! You'll find the full post about this storm and how it caused me to think of Psalm 57:1 at this link, but I want to take a moment to encourage you to remember grandparents when you think about your children's ministry!

As a grandma, I can assure you I am extremely interested in seeing my grandsons grow to be men who know, love and walk with God. I want them to know God's mercy and when they face the difficulties and "storms" of life, they will find refuge in God. So, when it comes to your children's ministry and grandparents, consider the following . . . 

Children Must Know and Walk with God Themselves!

I was reading in Judges 2 where there are some of the saddest verses in the Bible. It said; "10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them.

Throughout Judges we read where the people of Israel did evil and forgot God. God sent other nations to test and see if they would obey Him; so, when the people called out to God for help, He sent a judge to fight those who were oppressing them. The people turned back to God - for awhile, then they did evil, forgot God and this pattern continued.

When I look at the world around me it is clear new generations are doing evil and forgetting God. Why is this? In Judges it said a generation came along who did not know or experience how God saved them from Egypt. They did not have a relationship of their own with God. So, they did what they wanted and forgot God. Isn't this what we see happening around us today?

Our children have heard about our relationship with God, but if they do not know and walk with God themselves, they will at some point, turn to doing what they want and will forget God. This tells me several things . . . 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What Do You Do to Engage, Equip & Encourage Grandparents?

In this day and age it is ever so much more important for us to do all we can to engage, equip and encourage parents and grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith. The world around us is doing what God's Word said it would do; turn away from Him and set their own "rules" for what is "right". If we want to see the children in our ministries reached for Jesus and grow to know and walk with Him in an increasingly godless society, we have to do everything possible to help parents and grandparents teach the children they love at home.

So, what do you do to engage, equip and encourage parents? Many churches do this, but what do you do to engage, equip and encourage grandparents? If children in your ministry have grandparents who are believers, these grandparents have a unique position from which they can be very effective in passing on a heritage of faith. 

Fall Curriculum Sale!

If you are looking for curriculum to use this Fall, take a look at Deeper in 4 Children. Not only will it have your children opening their Bibles, discovering what God's Word says, praying Scripture and learning how God's Word is for them, but you will experience significant savings as it is only $75 per quarter for Preschool/Early Elementary age and $75 for Elementary age. Deeper in 4 Children is a digital curriculum which you are welcome to make as many copies as you need for use in your ministry - no paying more if you have a lot of children! Plus, if you buy two quarters, you will receive one quarter for free!

You'll find more information at this link - just place your order for two quarters and then email me which quarter you would like for free! (lynda@kidzconnection.us)

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Are You Looking for in Curriculum?

Are you looking for curriculum to use in your ministry this Fall? If so, what are you looking for? Do you want . . . 
  • A Biblically sound curriculum which gets children to open their Bibles?
  • A curriculum which engages children by having them not only open their Bibles, but learn how to search it to discover what it says?
  • A curriculum which focuses on helping children think through what God's Word says and how it looks lived out in their everyday lives?
  • A curriculum which helps children learn to pray Scripture back to God?
  • A curriculum with a unified scope and sequence, so all children in your ministry learn the same lesson each week?
  • A curriculum which is digital, downloadable and which you are welcome to make as many copies as you need for use in your ministry - no extra charge to make copies?
  • A curriculum which once you purchase it (at just $75 per age, per quarter), you are welcome to keep it and reuse it?
  • A curriculum which you are welcome to share with church plants and missionaries supported by your church?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Family Ministry on a Shoe-String - Summer Minute to Win It!

I love Lindsey Whitney's ideas for "Minute to Win It" for church and her Summer Edition gives even more ideas to help you hold your own "Minute to Win It" at your church! Thank you Lindsey for allowing me to re-post these articles from your site - Growing Kids Ministry. Please be sure to take a minute to check her site for more excellent ideas for your ministry!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Family Ministry on a Shoe-String - More Minute to Win It!

Image result for clipart for family gamesAgain, I'd like to thank Lindsey Whitney for allowing me to re-post her "Minute to Win It" articles from her site - Growing Kids Ministry. This post goes on to build on the first with more ideas for games!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Family Ministry on a Shoe-String - Minute to Win It!

First of all I want to thank Lindsey Whitney for graciously allowing me to re-post her article on "Minute to Win It for Church!" Lindsey writes Growing Kids Ministry - be sure to take a minute to check her site for all the great ideas, articles and resources you will find there! 

As you think about the ministry opportunities you want to offer the children and families from your church and community, think about having your own "Minute to Win It!"