Tuesday, July 5, 2022

How Does Anchored Work?

There are four main areas we need to cover when teaching the “whys” –

1.    is God real?

2.    is the Bible true?

3.    do God and science go together?

4.    is God good?

Each quarter we will focus on one area with weekly teaching, questions, and activities. Since this is a supplemental curriculum, you will use this with the curriculum you are already using in the following way –

Monday, July 4, 2022

Make Your Summer Count - Get the little answer book & the little answer book for children

Please share this with the parents/grandparents in your church - 

The summer is a time when we typically are able to spend time with the ones we love and build memories as we do things we may not typically do throughout the year - such as have the grandchildren over for extra sleepovers, go on family vacations, try new things, bike, camp, swim, gather to celebrate special times, go on picnics, etc. All of these things are excellent things to do in the summer and help build strong ties with our family. They are able to help make a difference as you build strong relationships with your family.

Teach the Children in Your Church the "Whys" with Anchored - Releasing this Week!

Churches – more specifically, the Children’s Ministries in churches - are one of the primary places where children learn the “whats” – what the Bible says and therefore, what we, as Christians, believe. This is why churches invest so much time and money in choosing and using curriculum resources with the children in their churches – to teach them the “whats”.

There are solid reasons churches teach the “whats” – we want children to know what the Bible says, and therefore what we, as Christians, believe. Teaching the “whats” is a fully appropriate and necessary part of a strong and effective Children’s Ministry. But, along with teaching the “whats”, we also need to teach the “whys” – why we are able to believe the “whats”.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Anchored is Releasing This Week!

In your Children's Ministry you likely do at least a decent job of teaching the "whats" - what the Bible says and therefore what we believe. There are significant reasons why it matters for you to teach the "whats" - but if you are not also teaching the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real, the Bible is true, God and science DO go together, and God is good - then we are leaving the children in our ministries at risk of turning away from their faith to atheism as they grow older. Barna's research shows this is happening at double the rate of any previous generation - and they expect it to triple by 2030.

So . . . What Is Your Real Focus?

When it comes to Children's Ministry there is often more than one thing to focus on . . . the vision for the ministry, selecting the resources to best help you accomplish your vision, sharing your vision with others, finding, training, supporting volunteers, communicating effectively with parents and grandparents . . . the list could, and often does, go on and on. but what is your real focus? What is the one thing you really need to keep at the top of your list?

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Be So Very Careful . . . Don't Be A "Sponge"!

When we serve in Children's Ministry - or any area of the church - it can become very easy for us to accept the kindness of others . . . 

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Our Special Summer Sale is the Perfect Time to get Grasshopper Mice, Laughing Kookaburras, Jawfish & More!

Today I am happy to share some information about the last book in the Life on the Goldilocks Planet book series - Grasshopper Mice, Laughing Kookaburras, Jawfish & More! In this book you will find  Grasshopper Mice, Glasswing Butterflies, Bee Hummingbirds, Servals, Laughing Kookaburras, Spectacled Bears, Cuban Painted Snails, Hooded Seals, Marbled Polecats, Keas, Jawfish, and Green Basilisk Lizards - which have you never heard of before? I was afraid I would not find interesting, surprising animals for the final book, but these are all very interesting and surprising - especially the Grasshopper Mice - yes, the Grasshopper Mice! They are fierce predators - even venomous spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and snakes are afraid of these tiny mice!

Treasure Your Volunteers . . . What If I Have to "Remove" a Volunteer?

We all want to be people who treasure our volunteers, but what do we do if we need to "remove" a volunteer from the Children's Ministry? This is a very, very difficult situation to find yourself in. Removing a volunteer may result in the volunteer feeling hurt, rejected and unwanted . . . they will likely leave your church and be "scarred" from the experience. Removing a volunteer should be avoided if at all possible, but if you must, what should you do to cause as little damage as possible? Consider the following -

Friday, June 17, 2022

Our Special Summer Sale Makes it Easy & Fun to Learn about Surprising Animals

Have you ever heard of a Coelacanth? They were thought to be extinct - the oldest fossils of them date back 410 million years! But, imagine their surprise when a live Coelacanth was discovered off the coast of South Africa in 1938! From time to time they are found, but not often as they live in deep waters.  Aside from still being alive, two more surprising things about Coelacanths are they typically live 100 years and mom Coelacanths are pregnant for five years!

Treasure Your Volunteers . . . Do They Really Feel Treasured?

We may think we "treasure our volunteers", but our volunteers may not actually "feel" very treasured. Consider the following situations where a volunteer might not feel "treasured" -