Monday, September 24, 2018

Who Do We Think We Are?

The God of the Universe created each and every child in our Children's Ministries. I'm sure this is a statement with which you have no problem agreeing. Yes, God created each and every child in your Children's Ministry. 

God is the One Who gets to decide the details about each and every child in our Children's Ministries. I'm sure this is also a statement with which you have no problem agreeing. Yes, again, God is the One Who gets to decide the details about each and every child in your Children's Ministry.

God loves each and every child in our Children's Ministries. Once again, I'm sure this is a statement with which you have no problem agreeing. Yes, God absolutely loves each and every child in your Children's Ministry

So, with these three truths, who do we think we are to try and force a child God created and loves into a box in which they do not fit? I am talking about how God created children to learn and how well we obey and follow what God has decided.

How Is Your Children's Ministry Helping Grandparents?

Do you know how many children in your Children's Ministry are brought to church by their grandparents? Do you know how many children in your Children's Ministry are being raised by their grandparents? The numbers of grandparents who are the only people handing faith to children is increasing and the number of custodial grandparents is raising as well.

So, what are you doing in your church to support and encourage these grandparents? It is a challenging and tiring job to hand faith to grandchildren - especially when the parents are not joining you in doing so. If the church is also not coming alongside to help and encourage, it just makes it all the more difficult for grandparents to hand down the faith.

What are you doing to help grandparents? If you have to answer with "Nothing" or "Very little", then please consider contacting me - I would be happy to help you access what you are doing and devise a plan to support, encourage and equip the grandparents in your church to hand down the faith - especially if they are doing it on their own.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Price for Not Engaging Children is Far, Far, Too High

I've been writing about engaging children at church; not boring them, but instead making your Children's Ministry fun, so it accurately reflects God. Today I want to write a bit about the "why".

Monday, September 10, 2018

Put This Into Your Teaching

There is a little three-letter word which is treated as a "dirty word" in far too many churches. This little three-letter word is looked down upon as "fluff" and like something which has no place in church or the Children's Ministry. However; I do not agree.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What Are You Willing to Do?

A school not far from where I live is changing the way children will learn. They are investing a large sum of money to make this change, but the end result is the children will actually learn. 

What are they doing? Well, they are rearranging the classrooms from straight rows of chairs and a model where the children listen to the teacher talk, to round tables where children work in groups to learn together, guided by the teacher.

Why am I writing about this? Because we in the church need to be like this school. We need to stop using a model for "teaching" which was started hundreds of years ago - if not longer.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Jesus was NOT Boring - Your Children's Ministry Should Not Be Either

If you were to take a truly honest survey of the children, parents and grandparents in your Children's Ministry and ask them if they find the classes on Sunday and mid-week to be interesting and engaging, what would they say? I know what you would want them to say, but honestly, what would they say?

This is a survey you should absolutely take, because if they honestly tell you the children find the classes to be boring, then you must make changes. If you continue to do things as you are - boring children - you are giving them the absolutely wrong view of Jesus. He was NOT boring. If Jesus was not boring, and He was NOT, then teaching about Him should not be boring either.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Free Gift for the Generations

September 9th is National Grandparents' Day - it is the perfect day to focus upon encouraging the grandparents to do the most important thing they are able to do as grandparents - pray for their grandchildren. And, since any time is a great time to encourage parents to do the same, Grandmas with Heart is delighted to give everyone a gift - a Free digital copy of Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too - Mini Edition. You are able to download your free copy at this linkFeel free to share the link with the grandparents and parents you know.

Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too - Mini Edition will give you 12 weeks of Scripture passages which have been personalized into prayers for you and for the children you love. It makes praying Scripture something you are able to do on a daily basis.

And, check out this link for the Christian Grandparenting Network - they have additional free resources for you to help you make National Grandparents' Day a Grandparents' Day of Prayer!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Reach the Hearts of Their Grandchildren

I originally posted this a couple weeks ago, but the grandparents in your ministry still have time to go to this - it is next week - so I decided to share it again. Please pass the word to the grandparents you know.

One of the things we want to do on the Grandmas with Heart blog is to let you know about resources and opportunities for the grandparents of the children in your ministry which will equip and encourage them to hand down the faith to their grandchildren. So, today I am very happy to let you know about two opportunities for them to hear from John Stonestreet (president - The Colson Center) and Larry Fowler (president - Legacy Coalition). John and Larry will be discussing "Four Big Cultural Shifts and How to Help the Next Generation Navigate Them" and "The Amazing Influence of a Grandparent", respectively, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT in Petoskey, Michigan and Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT, in Traverse City, Michigan.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Please Share Your Prayer History

I (Lynda) am working on a new book - The DNA of Praying Grandparents & Parents. I hope to complete it the beginning of September, but am asking for your help. I would love, absolutely love to be able to include a chapter which shares accounts from people across the country - and even from around the world - about how God has answered their prayers. 

So, I am asking for your help. If you would be willing to share your, "Prayer History", some of how God has answered your prayers, or the prayers of your family, please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com  I'm not looking for pages and pages of your "Prayer History", just a few sentences or a paragraph which share about a time when God answered your prayers.

I would be honored to include in my book how God has answered your prayers - please email me and feel free to share this with others who you know have experienced the way God answered their prayers as well.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Reaching the Hearts of Their Grandchildren

One of the things we want to do on the Grandmas with Heart blog is to let you know about resources and opportunities for the grandparents of the children in your ministry which will equip and encourage them to hand down the faith to their grandchildren. So, today I am very happy to let you know about two opportunities for them to hear from John Stonestreet (president - The Colson Center) and Larry Fowler (president - Legacy Coalition). John and Larry will be discussing "Four Big Cultural Shifts and How to Help the Next Generation Navigate Them" and "The Amazing Influence of a Grandparent", respectively, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT in Petoskey, Michigan and Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT, in Traverse City, Michigan.