Monday, April 23, 2018

Do Not Throw Away the Summer

Summer provides a unique opportunity for you to impact the lives of children and families in your church and community; an opportunity you are not likely to experience any other time of year. Why is this? Because the children are not at school all day - they could therefore, be involved in ministry opportunities to reach them and equip them to know and walk with God!

Children typically do not have such early bedtimes - which means you could provide opportunities to reach children - and families - and equip them to know and walk with God!

Summertime is a time when children - and families are often looking for something to do; which means you could provide opportunities to reach children - and families - and equip them to know and walk with God!

So, are you?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Equip Grandparents & Parents to Speak the Truth to the Children They Love

The world in which we live is filled with blessings from God all around us - our families, friends, the beautiful Earth on which we live, the gifts of a bountiful harvest and clear, clean water - this list could, and does, go on and on. God is real and His great love for us is obvious everywhere we look. This is the truth.

But, this world also is filled with those things which have the potential to sidetrack and derail our faith, and the faith of those we love. All it takes is a quick look at the culture in which we live to see this is true. It is all too easy to become caught up in things which push us away from God. There are many in this world who say there is no God and we are far too easily deceived into believing difficult times in our lives means God does not love us.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Who Are the Grandparents?


As I have said before, the second-most influential people in the lives of the children in your ministry are their grandparents. Yes, their grandparents. When you think about the word, “grandparents”, who do you picture? Do you think of your Senior Saint’s ministry? Do you picture older people with white hair?
While certainly there are grandparents in your Senior Saint’s Ministry and many of them have white hair, the average age a person becomes a grandparent for the first time is 48 . . . yes, 48! How old are you? How far from . . . or close to . . . are you to being 48 years old?
I was 48 when my first grandchild was born and I was not ready to enter the Senior Saints Ministry!
How old do you think the “average” grandparent in the USA is today? 
The average age of grandparents in the USA today is 57 – I am 57 and I am still not ready to enter the Senior Saints Ministry! People in their 40’s and 50’s tend to still be working; they are not retired. They do not tend to see themselves as “old”. Grandparents, yes. Old, no.
In fact, most of the grandparents of the children in your ministry are young, relatively speaking. They are mostly still working and when they think of the Senior Saints Ministry at their church, they picture their parents.
Who are these, “not-old grandparents”? Well . . .

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Invest in the Welfare of the New Generation

Oh yes, parents care about what happens with their sons and daughters (and in-laws, too) and grandparents care about what happens with their grandchildren. God made it this way and He planned for this to be the primary way our faith is handed down to the generations who follow us.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

He is Alive!

This is the truth upon which we build our faith - Jesus is not still in a tomb; He rose, just as He said He would do! Because of this, we are able to receive God's grace and His forgiveness for our sins.

So, today, whether you spend time with family or not, take time to thank Jesus for His amazing gift and share the Good News with those you love!

Happy Resurrection Sunday - He is alive!  #grandmas#handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 
(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Do You Have a Next Generations Ministry?

When I first began writing about Children's Ministry I wrote on my own website. Then after about 10 years people began blogging, so I switched my content to a blog format and have been writing this blog for about eleven years now.

Back then there was a "raging" debate about whether we should be focused on Children's Ministry or Family Ministry - today I want to say, in light of Larry Fowler's book, The Question Nobody Asks About Our Children, in my opinion, it is essential for us to focus upon the Next Generations Ministry.

What is a Next Generations Ministry, you ask? Well, it is a ministry which focuses upon engaging, equipping, encouraging and empowering both parents and grandparents, so they are able to hand down a heritage of faith to the children they love. A Next Generations Ministry is NOT just a class or two you offer each year on parenting, nor is it a Sunday school class for parents or grandparents - although both of these things could be used to connect with parents and grandparents. A Next Generations Ministry is ministry which is focused on purpose to engage, equip, encourage and empower parents and grandparents on a regular basis, connect them with the Children's Ministry - and Youth Ministry as well - so they are able to hand down the faith on purpose.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Help Parents & Grandparents Share the Good News with a Paper Airplane, Rocket & Cross!

In just a few 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, this is the perfect time to equip the parents and grandparents in your ministry so they are able to share the Good News of Jesus with the children they love. If they have children they love who have not already put their trust in Jesus, this is the perfect time to tell them how they are able to do this - consider using this simple, and fun tool with them - just email a link to this post or to Grandmas with Heart - https://www.facebook.com/grandmasmakingadifference/ - where they will find the original post.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Facts About Grandparents & How They Impact Your Ministry

Facts are sometimes boring to many people, but here’s some interesting facts about grandparents in the USA which may open a few eyes, especially among church leaders, about the impact grandparents have . . . or could have on the next generations. Consider the following from  Grandparents.com

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Grandparenting Ministry = Remember, See and Tell about God's Faithfulness!

When we talk about Grandparenting Ministry - ministry which encourages, engages and equips grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren - there are a few verses we refer to most often. One of them is Deuteronomy 4:9 . . . "You must be very careful not to forget the things you have seen God do for you. Keep reminding yourselves, and tell your children and grandchildren as well."

From this verse we see three important things God calls upon grandparents to do - and this is the core of Grandparenting Ministry for churches.

Monday, March 19, 2018

If We Build It They Will Come

I saw an interesting - rather amazing - photo on facebook  . . . 

(This is the turnoff from Banff to the Trans-Canada Highway. Many stretches of this highway run through wilderness areas and they found vehicle/animal collisions increased, so they built "animal crossings" - fences with one-way gates, overpasses and underpasses so animals would have a safe way to cross where their animal trails already were. This photo actually shows a bridge for the Canadian Pacific railway, but the elk found it provided a safe way for them to cross as well - as long as a train isn't headed for them!)

 This photo made me think . . .