Friday, August 1, 2014

Do Not Fall For Satan's Old Tricks!

One thing about serving in children's ministry which is pretty sad is how easy it is for us to
be tricked by Satan. Yes, I said it is easy. The thing about Satan is, he is not very creative. He uses the same old tricks, but we often continue to fall for them. Consider the following . . .

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Start the Fall on a Positive Note - Thank Your Volunteers & Start the Year, "Write"!

I love volunteer appreciation . . . what could be more fun than saying "thank you";
especially to people who are volunteering!!! While there are a lot of things to do when starting your school year of ministry, doing so with expressing your appreciation to those who volunteer to serve, is absolutely the best way to start the year!

If you are looking for a simple, and inexpensive, way to say, "thank you" to those who are involved in your children's ministry, check this fun idea I found on Pinterest.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Are you a "Seed Planter" or a "Harvester"?

I was thinking this morning about my grandsons (I have three, ages one, three and almost
six) and remembered when the oldest asked Jesus into his heart; clearly one of the happiest days of my life! It was June 11, 2012 . . . I received a phone call I’ll never forget which let me know about this amazing thing which happened. My three year old grandson, Josiah got on the phone and said, “I’m part of God’s family now, grandma!” I can assure you it was the best news I could ever receive! The angels in Heaven were certainly celebrating, but I can guarantee you they could not have possibly celebrated more than this grandma! :^)

Well, all this got me to thinking . . . what could possibly be a more wonderful thing than for a parent to lead their child to Jesus? I can’t think of anything more wonderful! My daughter-in-law was talking with Josiah and he said he wanted to be part of God’s family, so she had the great privilege and joy of leading her sweet son to Jesus!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Being Found!

My grandson Josiah loves to play hide-and-seek . . . did I say "loves"??? No, it is more like he "LOVES" to play hide-and-seek! He has loved this game since he was able to walk! He loves to hide and then he loves being found, but I think it is the "being found" part he loves the most - when he was two and three he nearly always told us where he was "hiding"! He would say things like, "I'm going to hide under the table and you can count; then you can come and find me!" and when we finished counting and said, "Oh where, oh where could our sweet Josiah be? Is he under the table?" He would always say, "No! I'm hiding in the closet!!!" Plus, if we take too "long" to "find" him, he will make little sounds . . . to "help" us find him! Then when we find him, he laughs, gives us a hug and we do it all over again . . . and again . . . and again! Did I mention he "LOVES" playing hide and seek??!!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Game On! 12 Week . . . and a Give-Away!

As you may recall, this year my Top Pick for VBS 2014 was Game On from NextGen4Christ! This excellent VBS is definitely worth taking a serious look at for how you can use it in your ministry . . . and because NextGen is giving you one more way to do exactly this! They have put together a 12 week program based on their Game On VBS which you can use on Sundays, Wednesdays, for a special event . . . however and wherever you want!

Plus, this new 12 week resource is included free with their Digital VBS! Not only is this an amazing resource, but it is an amazing value, as well! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Does the Church "Tolerate" Some Types of Bullying?

I'm certain if I were to ask anyone in children's ministry we would all say we are completely against bullying. But, stop for a moment and think. Do we actually "tolerate" some types of bullying? Are there some types of bullying we "turn a blind eye to"? Consider the following -

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Make Your Children's Ministry a "Church Politics Free" Zone

We need to be resolute in not allowing "politics" to have any place in our children's ministries, because when people start exerting their "political" "power" or start giving in to "politics", ministry is always damaged and people are always hurt. Consider the following ways "politics" might be showing up in your ministry . . .

Friday, July 25, 2014

Minion Inspired Thoughts About Recruiting

I love recruiting . . . yes, I know you may think I'm crazy, but I love it because it means I'm inviting people to experience the amazing joy which comes from serving and besides, children's ministry is great fun! We play games, sing songs, make crafts, do science experiments, have dramas and most importantly, learn how we can know and walk with Jesus! What could possibly be better?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Back-to-Sunday-School-Prayer-Event

Yesterday I wrote about planning a, "Prayer Walk" for your church to involve everyone in praying for the 2014/15 school year of children's ministry. Today I want to give you another idea for a way to begin the school year of ministry with prayer.

If you are looking for a way to start your new school year of ministry with a focus on supporting and encouraging your volunteers and under-girding your ministry with prayer from the "get-go", hold a "Back-to-Sunday-School-Prayer-Event"! The idea behind this is to provide an opportunity for parents and volunteers to meet and talk together before, or at the beginning of, the new Sunday school year and to involve your entire church in praying for your children's ministry . . . and you do have time to do this as it is really simple to plan the event - all you need to do is . . . 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Plan a Prayer Walk to Start your 2014/15 School Year of Ministry!

Last year my church held a, "Prayer Walk" which gave everyone in the church the
opportunity to walk through the children's and youth areas of our church and pray for all the ministry which would take place in the coming school year. It was wonderful!

This year we are planning another, "Prayer Walk", and if you have not planned to do something similar, you still have time to plan a prayer walk of your own! I'm re-posting my post from last year which explained the prayer walk so you can see how you can plan a walk of your own.

Last night I went on a Prayer Walk at my church. What is a "Prayer Walk", you ask? Well, it is an absolutely amazing opportunity to walk through the classrooms at your church and pray for the volunteers and children who will be serving and learning in those rooms throughout the coming year! Come along with me on my, "Prayer Walk"!