Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don't Forget I'm Giving Away One Love Letters from God!

A couple months ago I was sent a lovely book by Glenys Nellist from Zonderkidz entitled, Love Letters from God, which I included in my 2014 Christmas Gift Review on my other blog (grandma's cookie jar) because Jesus is God's Love Gift to us; a book filled with "love letters" from God seemed like a wonderful "fit" for Christmas!

I held the drawing, but the winner did not contact me with their address, so I thought I'd post the review here on About the Children's Department and hold the give-away once again!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Means . . .

Christmas is just five days away; while we are likely busy finishing up with Christmas activities; children's programs, Christmas parties, special lessons, family activities and even last-minute shopping, don't forget in all your busyness to stop and remember what Christmas actually means!

To me, Christmas means . . . 

Friday, December 19, 2014

This Christmas Be the Gift God Wants You to Be!

Christmas is the time of the year when we tend to be more joyful, more merry . . . at least, many of us are. But it can also be a very difficult time of year for many of the children and families in our ministries if they are experiencing difficult times in their families. Along with leading children in worshipping and celebrating the birth of Jesus, we need to also be on the watch for those children and families who may need our help. Watch for . . . 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

VBS Recruiting - "Joy"!

I've been writing about recruiting for VBS with a focus on "view-finder", "perspective" and "creativity"; today I want to talk about recruiting with a focus on joy! This is the one essential thing to keep in mind whenever you think about recruiting for anything as joy is the most important thing! Consider the following . . . 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

VBS Recruiting - "Creativity"!

If you have looked at VBS recruiting through a "view-finder" and with a "perspective" which sees possibilities instead of obstacles, then it is time to look at VBS recruiting with "creativity"! By this I mean, do the unexpected when you recruit as this will get the attention of the people in your church!

When you think about recruiting, you can certainly go about it in a lot of ways, but if those ways do not get the attention of the people in your church, you are not likely to end up with a very big response. The reason for this is as follows . . . 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

VBS 2015 - Nine Kits Have Arrived!

My VBS reviews for 2015 are coming right along . . . so far I've reviewed -
  • To the Edge from Regular Baptist Press
  • Camp Discovery from Concordia
  • Journey Off the Map from LifeWay
  • Everest from Group
  • Cross Culture VBS Thailand Trek from Group
  • BASIC Elements from the Science VBS
  • What's in the Bible from Jelly One
  • Bible Blast to the Past from Standard Publishing
I received G Force from Cokesbury yesterday and will be reviewing it today. I'm still waiting for the following VBS resources to arrive -

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Review - Love Letters from God - I'm Giving One Away!

A couple months ago I was sent a lovely book by Glenys Nellist from Zonderkidz entitled, Love Letters from God, which I included in my 2014 Christmas Gift Review on my other blog (grandma's cookie jar) because Jesus is God's Love Gift to us; a book filled with "love letters" from God seemed like a wonderful "fit" for Christmas!

I held the drawing, but the winner did not contact me with their address, so I thought I'd post the review here on About the Children's Department and hold the give-away once again!

Simple, Fun, Easy Christmas Craft - Even for Preschoolers!

I have three grandsons; ages six, three and one. On Wednesday, the two oldest go to my
church's mid-week children's ministry, so last year and this year I helped them make an ornament they could give their teachers for Christmas. This year we made jingle-bell candy cane ornaments . . . and I have to say, this is the perfect craft for children to make as even my three year old grandson was able to quickly understand how to make this ornament and was able to do it on his own - important for three year olds. Plus, the craft is fun and cool enough for older children to enjoy making them, too!

And, it is a great craft which you can use to teach the children in your ministry not only about Jesus' birth, but about the reason for His birth by telling children the Legend of the Candy Cane while they make their ornaments!

So, if you want to try this with the children in your ministry; this is all you need . . . 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

VBS Recruiting - "Perspective"

Stop and think for a minute. If someone asks you to do something, but then says they know you probably do not want to do it or nobody else wants to do it or you are their last "hope", are you very likely to want to be the one who says, "yes" when it sounds like everyone else has said, "no"? If the person asking you to help looks desperate, are you likely to wonder what is so horrible about this thing they are asking you to do?

So often when we approach recruiting for VBS - or any area of children's ministry - we do so with an "air" of desperation. We almost expect people to say, "no" and may even think there are "good reasons" for them to say, "no". If we approach recruiting with a negative "perspective", people are likely to notice and say, "no".

If, however; we approach recruiting with a positive "perspective", we are likely to experience a very different response! So, what is a "positive perspective", you ask? Consider the following . . . 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

VBS Recruiting - Look Through the "View Finder"!

Okay, at the start of this post I need to let you know two things . . . 
  • I LOVE VBS!
  • I LOVE recruiting!
While it may be easy for you to believe I love VBS, you may be shaking your head and thinking it just is not possible for me to "love" recruiting; but it is! You see, I look at recruiting through the following "view-finder" . . .