Friday, January 19, 2018

VBS 2018 - 24/7 - Jesus Makes a Way Every Day by Abingdon Press

Today I'm happy to share with you 24/7 - Jesus Makes a Way Every Day! from Abingdon Press. As I said last year, while the primary audience for this resource may seem obvious, I want to challenge and encourage you to take a serious look at 24/7 - Jesus Makes a Way Every Day, whether your church is made up primarily of one race or a mix of different races. 

I personally believe this would be an excellent resource for any church, as we all need to honestly face prejudices and mis-information in ourselves and deal with them as God wants us to, so we are able to help the children in our ministries grow up to truly believe with all their hearts the song they learned as little ones - "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red, brown, yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world."

In this day and age where racism, anger, mistrust and misinformation divide us - in our communities and sadly, in our churches - more than ever, 24/7 - Jesus Makes a Way Every Day is a resource which can help bridge the gaps which divide, by helping us understand others and believe the truth - "Loving God is never separate from loving our brothers and sisters. It is always the same." (Clementa Pinckney) Absolutely take a serious look at 24/7 - Jesus Makes a Way Every Dayand whether you use it for VBS or not, find a place in your ministry where you will use it.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

About the Children's Department Chosen as a Top Children's Ministry Blog!

About the Children's Department (and I - Lynda Freeman) - want to say, "Thank you" to Feedspot for noticing and valuing the work put into this blog; I'm honored to be included in your list. They chose About the Children's Department as one of their Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs - we are actually #5!

They said; "CONGRATULATIONS to every blogger who made this Top Children’s Ministry Blogs list! This is the most comprehensive list of best Children’s Ministry blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. You were selected from the best Children’s Ministry blogs from among thousands of top Children’s Ministry blogs in our index using search and social metrics. These blogs were ranked based on following criteria . . . 
  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review"
  • How Will You Use Your VBS in 2018?

    So far this year I've shared five VBS reviews with you; I'm sharing another tomorrow and three more next week. Today I want to ask you, how do you plan to use your VBS? 

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    VBS 2018 - Babylon by Group Publishing

    Today we are going to look at Group's Bible-times resource for this year; Babylon - Daniel's Courage in Captivity. I love the Bible-times VBS resources Group puts out each year as it is designed as a resource you will easily be able to use with the whole family! 

    With this resource you get to take children and families from your church and community back to Bible times where they may "experience" life in ancient Babylon, as they discover what happened with Daniel, and how he learned he was able to courageously keep the faith even in a place where the people did not believe in God!

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    VBS 2018 - Shipwrecked by Group Publishing

    Today I'm happy to share with you Group's 2018 VBS;  Shipwrecked I love the Fun Factory setting; it looks like it is great fun, but most importantly, has solid Bible teaching and learning!

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    VBS 2018 - Three Excellent Resources

    This past week I reviewed three VBS resources and today I want to encourage you to consider a way you might combine the three for a Summer - or year - of amazing ministry! If you do not choose any of these three for your actual VBS (and any would be excellent), consider getting just a few of the resources from each kit and then use them for 15 Sundays, or use each lesson for two weeks and have 30 weeks of resources you could use in your mid-week ministry next year. All you need are -

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    VBS 2018 - Rolling River Rampage from Cokesbury

    Today I'm happy to share with you  Rolling River Rampage from Cokesbury. This is a VBS curriculum filled with resources which will help you share with children how they are able to know no matter what, God is always with them. Rolling River Rampage is well worth taking a thorough look at to see if it might be a good "fit" for your ministry -

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    VBS 2018 - Splash Canyon from Concordia Publishing House

    Today we're looking at Splash Canyon from Concordia Publishing House. Concordia calls on children to discover how, "Jesus is at work through us!"

    Monday, January 8, 2018

    VBS 2016 - Camp Moose on the Loose from Regular Baptist Press

    Today, as we begin the first week of my 2018 VBS reviews, we are looking at the first VBS which arrived at my house for review (this year I'm reviewing them in the order the arrived at my house) - Camp Moose on the Loose from Regular Baptist Press! 

    RBP did a great job with the content and substance of this VBS resource - if  you are not familiar with their materials and have never taken a close look at them in the past, this year is a great year to make a change and consider if Camp Moose on the Loose is a good "fit" for your Children's Ministry!

    Friday, January 5, 2018

    VBS 2018 - What Will Your Sundays Look Like This Summer?

    On a day like today in Michigan where it was -10 when I
    woke up (and is supposed to "warm" to a "balmy" 10 above, but only feel like 5 with the wind chill), Summer seems quite a ways away. But, it will be here before we know it, so it is time to think about what our Summer Children's Ministry will look like.