Friday, April 10, 2020

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Paper Airplane, Rocket & Cross

With the families in your church celebrating Resurrection Sunday from home, consider sending them this link for a fun and engaging activity they could try with the children they love to celebrate together - or for grandparents to celebrate virtually through tech with the children they love.

In just a couple days we will celebrate the most amazing day in history; the resurrection of Jesus. Without the resurrection our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14). The resurrection of Jesus is our core message, because it made God's grace available to us.

So, share the Good News of Jesus with your children/ grandchildren. If they have not already put their trust in Jesus, take time to tell them how they are able to do this - consider using this simple, and fun tool as a Mystery Bag Project with them - which is an ideal activity to do virtually if you are not able to physically be together. You will need . . .

Monday, April 6, 2020

Shape, Guide & Direct the Children God has Given to Them

I love this quote from Tony Evans - "It is easier to shape a child
than to repair an adult." At all times, but especially now with children home for school, their parents possibly home from work, frightening news, people wearing masks, and so much uncertainty related to COVID-19 it is essential for us to be intentional about equipping grandparents and parents, so they are able to share the truth of how we are able to trust God. They are able to help shape the children they love by . . .  

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Encourage Families and Connect with Making Their Own Stained Glass Windows

There are just two weeks until Resurrection Sunday and it is very likely most of us will still be staying home, away from others - which makes celebrating with family, friends and our church something very different this year. 

Last week a friend of mine, Joan Salsbury, shared a terrific link she found on a facebook page (Easter Egg Hunt 2020 with Social Distancing) for one of the most wonderful ideas I have ever seen to help our grandchildren celebrate Resurrection Sunday. Today I am very happy to share it with you, so you have time to gather the supplies and send them to your grandchildren. You will need . . .

Friday, March 27, 2020

Plan a Fun, Distance Movie Night & Watch Pilgrim's Progress For Free

Share this opportunity to watch the animated movie - Pilgrim's Progress with the families in your ministry along with ideas for ways they are able to use it to connect with family and friends - especially during this time when they may be staying away from them.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Resurrection Eggs for Families

DIY Resurrection Eggs & Easter Story Book Printables at lifeyourway.netResurrection Eggs are a resource from Family Life which is designed to engage children in finding "parts" which when assembled, tell the account of Jesus' death and resurrection. You hide these "parts" in plastic eggs and then the children you love go and find them. Once all the eggs are collected, you open the eggs, assemble the parts and go through the account of Resurrection Sunday.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Try Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children for Four Weeks for Free

When we trust God, we are steadfast and are able to experience His perfect peace. This is certainly what we want for the families in our ministry; at all times, but especially now with COVID-19. Children may especially feel fear as they are not in school, the adults in their lives may not be working and may be feeling stressed and life is very different.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

God is With Us Today, Tomorrow & Every Day, Because He Loves Us

With things as they are in our neighborhoods and in the world, some of the children, parents and grandparents in your ministry may feel afraid. But, while we do not know what will happen with COVID-19, we do know the things God has promised - and He always keeps His promises. For the coming days I will share some of these wonderful promises with you - please share them with the the people in your ministry. Today I'm starting with one of my favorite passages - Psalm 43:1-5 . . .

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How Do We Hand Down a Heritage of Faith? Impress God's Word Upon Our Grandchildren!

Please share this with the parents/grandparents in your ministry to help them know how to hand down the faith to the children they love.

Our "job" is not finished just because our own children are grown. If we have grandchildren we still have a very important job to do. We are part of what Deuteronomy 6 is talking about. We are part of God's plan to hand down a heritage of faith to our grandchildren.

I looked at the first step in doing this; being people of the Word who have God's words, "upon our heart". You will find what I had to say about this at the following link.


Today I want to look at the next step . . .

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Resources to Help You Equip Parents & Grandparents to Hand Down the Faith

One of the most important things you will ever do as a person who serves in the Children's Ministry at your church, is to equip and encourage parents and grandparents to hand down the faith. They are the first and second most influential people in the lives of the children in your ministry, so why wouldn't you equip and encourage them to hand down the faith as doing so will increase the opportunities to reach these children for Jesus?

So, today I want to share with you several resources - some free, others low cost - which you are able to share with the parents and grandparents in your church to equip and encourage them to hand down the faith.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Ministry-to-Children - It Exists to Encourage and Equip You to Introduce Children to Jesus

Image result for ministry to children logoIf you serve in your church's Children's Ministry - whether you are a volunteer, part-time staff or full-time staff, today I want to encourage you to check out Ministry-to-Children as it is a site which will encourage and equip you to be effective at helping children learn about Jesus.

So, what is, Ministry-to-Children? Well, let me use their own words to introduce them to you . . .