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?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Make a Real Difference - Save a Child from Ebola for Just $3!

Yesterday, Michael Chanley - the founder of CM Connect - posted some amazing information about ebola and how we can make a real difference by saving the lives of children in Liberia for just $3! How is this possible, you ask? Read this post and then I am challenging everyone who reads About the Children's Department, to go and donate $3 and save a child - of course if you want to donate more, feel free to do so!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Great Christmas Book - Belfry's Christmas Gift - I'm Giving One Away!

Over on my other blog, grandma's cookie jar, I'm giving away a wonderful new book from Whitestone Media - Belfry's Christmas Gift. This book is in the Theo Presents series and does such a delightful job of presenting what Christmas is all about: God gave His love to us!  In this story, Belfry, the little mouse, is too little to have much he can give to Theo for Christmas. While Belfry is feeling sad and trying to think of a gift he could give, he notices a lonely clockmaker who the other animals are afraid of and stay away from. Belfry helps the clockmaker and shows love by giving of himself to him.

I won't spoil the story for you, but you'll find my full review and the details for how you can be included in the give-away - which is on November 20, 2014 - at this link.

Belfry's Christmas Gift is a great book to add to your church library and to recommend for families as they will have much to talk about as they read this book together at Christmas . . . and all through the year!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thank You . . . with a Little Fun and Creativity!

I love pretty much everything about children's ministry, but one of my favorite things is thanking and appreciating the volunteers - after all, what is more fun than expressing a heart-felt thank you?!!!

Yesterday we handed out a "thank you" to the Sunday volunteers at my church (the Wednesday night volunteers will receive their "thank you" on Wednesday night). We ordered Lego 2x2 bricks (orange for Sunday morning volunteers and white for Wednesday night volunteers), glued pin tacks to the back of each one, put each pin through a card with Ephesians 4:16 printed on them, (From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.) along with a red "Thank You" design and a "Thank you" from us; "Thank you for doing 'your part' to help the children at Calvary trust and follow Christ for the rest of their lives!" Our volunteers all wear a photo id on a lanyard, so they will be able to pin their Lego pin to their lanyard.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Make The First Contact Memorable!

Smile Mouth Teeth Clip ArtThanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, potentially bringing first-time visitors to our church, so, it is so very important for us to think about what we do to make the first contact with a visitor to your church and children's ministry, because first impressions are so important! Did you know the first ten seconds . . . yes, seconds . . . you meet and greet someone can, and usually does, impact the relationship you end up having with the person! I learned this, and five top tips for making a great impression from Maralee McKee's blog - Manners Mentor! I especially love tip three . . . 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Three Keys to Identifying a "Positive" "Wake"

I've been writing this week about what you have in your "wake" at your children's ministry. I said, "We are truly responsible for the people serving in our children's ministries; responsible to help them serve with joy and to be sure we do not harm them.I also shared three warning signs to be watching for so we do not leave a trail of hurt people in our "wake".

It truly does matter what we do and say with and to those God sends to serve in our children's ministries, so to help us not only identify if we are leaving people who have been encouraged, supported and who are filled with joy in our "wake", but to also help us know what to do to have this type of impact, consider these three "keys" . . . 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Candle Day by Day Bible - I'm Giving One Away!

There are no shortage of Bible storybooks for children, but recently Kregel sent me a book to review which I really like because while it is a Bible storybook, it is actually something more than just another Bible storybook.

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say M. Davis is the winner in my give-away Dare U 2 Open This Book and JustSayin'(You'll find the reviews at this link.) Thank you M. Davis for reading About the Children's Department (please message me your address at by October 24, 2014 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Zonderkidz for sending these books for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!