Friday, April 27, 2018

A Free Resource to Help Parents & Grandparents Hand Down the Faith

One of the things we need to do in Children's Ministry is to provide resources for the parents and grandparents to use to hand down faith to the children they love. Grandma's with Heart blog and facebook page has a fun, free resource which you could share with the parents and grandparents in your church. Get all the details and the free download at this link and show them just how easy - and fun it can be to hand down faith to the children they love.

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.)