Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Give the Gift of Impacting Lives & Confident Faith with Life on the Goldilocks Planet Combo Books for Father's Day & Children's Day - & They are On Sale!

Please share this post with the parents and grandparents in your ministry - Today I am happy to share a unique idea for a Father's Day and or Children's Day gift - give the gift of confident faith and Fun by giving the dads and children in your life the Life on the Goldilocks Planet books! Not only are these books engaging and interesting, but they provide activities which will engage the entire family and build memories. PLUS, they are on sale! Normally priced at $35.99 (which gives you a fantastic savings compared to buying individual books as each book has four books in it), Blue Dragons, Eyelash Vipers, Civets, Red-Lipped Batfish & More! is now $33.42, Megabats, Scorpionfish, Giant Anteaters, Cheetahs & More! is $33.66, and Polar Bears, Jaguars, Aardvarks, Grasshopper Mice & More! is $33.94 making them an even better buy.

Look what people are saying about these books - 

"Lynda is a genius when it comes to making God's Word come alive to children. She is a grandmother who understands the importance of the role she plays in her grandchildren's lives. Her books are made for grandparents to open God's Word through learning about animals and living things which interest little kids. and big kids too." 

Linda Ranson Jacobs - Mom, Grandma, and Great Aunt, Developer of DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) dc4k.org

"Psalm 19 reminds us if we study creation, we see God more clearly. Ive never seen books as remarkable as these which ties exploration of Gods creation with the language of children and activity, to produce a compelling statement about the majesty of God. When I read them, I feel like Im somehow entering a new world. Im sure they will be incredible resources."

Dr. Scott Turansky, Dad, Grandpa, National Center for Biblical Parenting biblicalparenting.org

"I LOVE these books you have created. What a great and powerful tool for shaping young minds to see and acknowledge the truth about Gods creation. Well done. Every parent and grandparent ought to have these tools in their toolkit. They are a marvelous tool I want to let every grandparent know about. Thank you for taking time with your grandsons to create these extraordinary pieces. While disagreeing with Lyndas position that science shows how God used evolution to create everything, I still find these books a valuable resource for parents and grandparents."

Cavin T. Harper, Dad, Grandpa, Founder Christian Grandparenting Network www.grandcamps.org, 

"Wow! Wow! Wow! We received the books yesterday and they are wonderful! The website does not do them justice."  

William Gibbons, Dad, Grandpa, Pastor

"What a crazy Covid time for our planet! With everything seemingly spinning out of control right now, its fascinating scientists call Earth the Goldilocks planet. For life here to exist here, everything has to be just right! When everything crashes in around us and nothing makes sense anymore, our Creator promises this: 'And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them' (Romans 8:28). This foundational truth offers the hope I want my little granddaughter Cadence to treasure. Thats why Lyndas new books are fun to recommend. They creatively weave together science and animals to teach Gods purposeful plan and show itjust right! Enjoy! I love what you put together! Weve discovered at Group the power of animals and kids too!" 

Joani Schultz, Mom, Grandma, Chief Creative Officer, Group Publishing

"I love your books! I am going to pick out some ideas for us to do with our granddaughters when they visit this weekend!"

Sherry Schumann, Mom, Grandma, President Christian Grandparenting Network

Get a Life on the Goldilocks Planet combo book for the dads and children in your life - the conversations and memories these books will encourage will be priceless!

#lifeonthegoldilocksplanet #handingdownaconfidentfaith #itmatterswhatwedo

Summer Outreach! Family Events . . . and more!

For the past few days I've been talking about Summer outreach - today I'm going to talk about planning family events as special Summer outreach opportunities to the families in your church and community. I'm not going to talk about  Children's Ministry vs. family ministry because I was invited to write a guest post forMinistry-to-Children and I do so in there; (Feel free to check that post out by following this link) other than to say, we need to "come alongside" parents and grandparents as they teach their children by being intentional in our ministries and building on and reinforcing what they are teaching their children. This is where a vision statement comes in. What is it we want to accomplish in our Children's Ministry? What is our plan to get there? When we join up with the parents/grandparents by equipping and coming alongside them, we will experience real and measurable results.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Created "Just Right"! - Now Available for Children Ages Three to Seven & One is On Sale!

One way you are able to support families is by recommending resources they are able to use at home to hand down confident faith. Today, and for the next several days, I am happy to share with you resources which do exactly this - please share them with the families in your church.

Over the past few years, I developed several new resources for churches and for families. During COVID my grandsons and I put together twelve books which help us see how animals show us God is real because He made everything "just right". In these books (which I have shared with you before), you find full-color photos, fun facts, along with crafts, science projects, and recipes for the entire family to enjoy as they learn about the animals and discover how they help them have a confident faith. These books (The Life on the Goldilocks Planet series) are ideal for children ages four through fourteen - and the entire family.

"No Cookie-Cutter Children's Ministries" - Get Your Copy On Sale for Just $6.99

In a day where the church is losing the next generation at double the rate of any previous generation, we must take a clear look at what we are doing, why we are doing it, and how we are able to make necessary changes to ensure our church's Children's Ministries are as effective as possible. In "No Cookie-Cutter Children's Ministries" Lynda Freeman, who has fifty years of experience in Children's Ministry, shares how while one Children's Ministry is not able to be exactly like another, we are all able to be sure we have the right "ingredients" so our own, unique Children's Ministry knows its purpose and vision, is a safe place for children, is able to find volunteers and train them, "teach the whys", as well as how to team up with the parents and grandparents.

Summer Ministry - Family Fun and Growth Night!

Each year as we work to develop genuinely effective ministry to the children in our churches we look at ideas, programs, and possibilities for ways to grow and strengthen our ministry. There are many options to choose from, but as you look at the choices you have available to you, keep the following tips in mind.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children - A Great Children's Day Gift & it is on Sale!

One way you are able to support families is by recommending resources they are able to use at home to hand down confident faith. Today, and for the next several days, I am happy to share with you resources which do exactly this - please share them with the families in your church.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Some Facts About Grandparents and How They Impact Your Children's Ministry

I sincerely believe all churches should focus on engaging, equipping, and encouraging grandparents to pass on a heritage of confident faith to their grandchildren. There are reasons I believe this - some of them are . . . 

Family Ministry on a Shoe-String - Summer Minute to Win It!

I love Lthe idea of holding a "Minute to Win It" for church and Lindsey Whitney's Summer Edition of Growing Kids Ministry gives even more ideas to help you hold your own "Minute to Win It" at your church! I thought I'd share this post with you - you will notice Lindsey's post was written when the TV show was a current show, but if you google "Minute to win it games", you'll find quite a few links with directions for games.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Deeper In for Children Scope & Sequence for the First Year - Grace! - Make it Your Choice for Fall 2023


I've been writing about   Deeper In for Children  for a few days, so today I am going to share the scope and sequence for the first year - Grace - to help you see what it is all about. With  Deeper In for Children your church will spend a year focusing on the very important truths of what God's Word - from cover to cover - has to say about Grace. Each quarter has an intentional focus - the first quarter the focus is on our need for Grace. Second Quarter we learn about our challenge to choose Grace. Third quarter we look at how Grace changes us. The fourth quarter we focus on what Jesus wants us to know about Grace by first of all reviewing what we learned about Grace the first month (parents/grandparents are invited to join their children) and then how Jesus shows HIs great love and Grace!

Some Things to Think - and Most Importantly Pray About for Sure

Over the years I have been writing this blog - and the website before it - I have had much to say about the things we could and should do when it comes to Children's Ministry. Today I want to write about some things we need to be careful we do Not do.