Saturday, November 1, 2014

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Dawn Farris is the winner of the Candle Day by Day Bible! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Dawn for reading About the Children's Department (please message me your address by November 7, 2014 so I can have it sent to you - and thank you Kregel for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Share the Joy of Children's Ministry - a Simple and Pure View of God!

Recruiting can be a never-ending job at times, but one way we might find more people to serve in our children's ministries is by sharing the joy which comes from serving in children's ministries! For the next few days, I'll share some of joy I experience by serving in the children's ministry at my church; today it is the joy of being able to see all over again a simple and pure view of God!

What do I mean by this? When we serve in children's ministry - especially in the younger ages - we are able to see God through a child's eye, and they typically have a very simple and pure view of God! For example, when my three year old grandson visited my church, on the way home he was talking about how God created all the colors . . . especially his favorite colors! We all know God created everything, but do we stop and marvel and praise HIm for the simple things He created; like all the colors?!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Children's Ministry Matters Because We Need God!

Do you remember a few years back when the nightly news asked, "Since chimps show compassion to one another is morality in our genes? If it is, why do we need religion?" It seems there has been a lot of attention given by the media to "knowledgeable" people who say we no longer need religion or God. As a parent, grandparent and someone who serves in children's ministry I find this disturbing.

I have noticed there is a strong move in education and the media towards eastern religions and the belief we all can choose any god we want because they are all the same. Schools teach extreme environmentalism with the idea of  "Mother Earth" and there are no absolutes. Movies, TV shows, video games and books all constantly include messages about how "cool" it is to be a witch, or to have magic "powers". Our children are bombarded from the time they get up in the morning to the time they go to bed with these ideas in both subtle and very overt messages. They are told they do not need God and yet the truth is we all need God . . . more so now than ever. In spite of the messaging our children hear every day, we do need God and most wonderfully . . . we can know, love and serve Him because He loves us!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Commit to be Someone Who Does What They Say They Will Do

For the past few days I've been writing about how to help children in our ministries. Today I want to talk about something we can, and must, do to to help adults in our ministries; absolutely be people who keep our word. Yes, this may sound like a, "no-brainer", as we all agree we need to keep our word and not be people who lie, but it can be very easy to fall into the trap of not keeping our word. We must be on guard and watching to be sure we keep our word when it comes to working with our volunteers, families and the children in our ministries.

It may seem obvious why it matters for us to be sure we do what we say we will do; clearly God's Word tells us to be people who do what we say we will do. But beyond obeying God, it matters because when we do not do what we say we will do, it is extremely likely we will cause hurt to others.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How Do I Help a Child Who . . . Has Parents Getting a Divorce?

Few things can be as difficult, confusing and painful for a child than to have their family fall apart because their parents are getting a divorce. While children may respond outwardly in different ways; some children cry, some act out and others say it doesn't matter and laugh it off, you can be sure they are all hurting.

Divorce Ministry 4 KidsSo where can you turn to find information to help you know how to help children whose parents are getting a divorce?

I know of two excellent sources of information and help . . .  

Monday, October 27, 2014

How Do I Help a Child Who . . . Won't Settle Down in Class?

Let me start this post by saying any child can have a bad day - just as any adult can. If a child stayed up too late Saturday night, or wasn't able to sleep well, or is not feeling well, or didn't get the cereal they wanted for breakfast, or couldn't find his/her shoes and had his/her parents unhappy with them, or for any reason they just are not their normal self, it can show in the way they behave . . . or misbehave in class. When I talk about a child who won't settle down in class, I'm not really talking about the child who typically behaves. 

The one I'm talking about is the one who consistently, week after week, won't settle down. The child who won't sit still or stop talking. The child who doesn't follow directions and who seems to almost enjoy getting other children to follow his/her lead. So, what do we do; how do we help a child who won't settle down? Consider the following . . .

Sunday, October 26, 2014

How Do I Help a Child Who . . . Does NOT Want to Be Here?

Children's Ministry is a place where there are children. This is pretty much a "no-brainer", but because there are children in our children's ministries, while most of the time most of the children participate without any trouble, there are times when we will have to give focused care to specific children. So, for the next week, let's look at specific times when specific children will need focused care . . . starting with the child who does NOT want to be here.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

It's Christmas; a Christmas Family Experience - I'm Giving One Away!

While your thoughts may be turning towards the many blessings God has lavished on you (and He does lavish many, many blessings, big and small on us all the time) and you may be starting to plan your Thanksgiving dinner with your family and/or friends, Christmas is really just two months from today. If you are looking for a resource which you can use in your ministry to help families celebrate on Christmas Eve; take a look at this Family Christmas Experience from NextGen4Christ . . . and stay tuned after the review, because I'm giving one away!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing - I'm Giving One Away!

On my other blog; grandma's cookie jar, I'm busy announcing all my 2014 Christmas give-
aways. (Every year throughout the month of November I have a lot of special give-aways for Christmas!) Yesterday, I shared my review for a lovely book by Sally Lloyd Jones and illustrated by Jago - yes, you may recognize them as the author and illustrator of, "The Jesus Storybook Bible".

Since I thought you might be interested in Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing as well, I'm sharing the link to my review and am encouraging you to check it out - you have time to enter the drawing for the book if you like! (It would make a lovely Christmas gift to a family on your list!)

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing will do exactly this; it will make your heart, and the hearts of the children and families in your ministry, sing as it reminds them of the truth of how very, very much God loves them! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What Are Your Questions?

What are your biggest challenges in children's ministry? What questions do you have which you do not know where to turn to find answers? What might you like to do, but are not sure how to begin? What is your biggest concern in your children's ministry?

Please comment and ask me your children's ministry questions; if I do not know the answer, I'll find someone who does and share the answers with you!

So . . . what are your questions?