Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Thank You . . . with a Little Fun and Creativity!

 I love pretty much everything about Children's Ministry, but one of my favorite things is thanking and appreciating the volunteers - after all, what is more fun than expressing a heart-felt thank you?!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Safety Alert - Phones Are Everywhere

One thing we have to keep in mind in our Children's Ministry; even at the top of our list of things we must do, is the safety of the children in our ministry. This means we are resolute about running safety checks, background checks and following up with references for each and every person working/serving in the Children's Ministry as well as for each and every person who volunteers to serve.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Hand Down Confident Faith with Blue Dragons, Eyelash Vipers, Civets, Red-Lipped Batfish & More!


Well, it was a busy Summer and Fall around this grandma's house! My grandsons helped with the development of four books designed to engage children, teens, young adults, adults, and help grandparents/ parents hand down a confident faith. They tested a water-balloon launcher, made "bugs" and then spent time shooting them off plants outside with water-guns, tested recipes, enjoyed science projects, made tie-dye shirts, created hover-crafts, participated in an egg drop activity and many more activities chosen to engage children/teens/adults and help make the message of our books "stick"! Most importantly, we have been able to have important conversations about why we are able to believe in God and trust Him with confidence.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Equip Parents/Grandparents to Hand Down Confident Faith

When it comes to teaching children in your church, you likely use curriculum to help you teach effectively - whether you write it yourself or buy it from a publisher. Children's Ministry leaders often tell parents/grandparents to hand down confident faith at home, but many of these parents/ grandparents do not know how to do this. When they do not know what to do to hand down confident faith at home, most, if not all, of them will do nothing - other than bring them to church.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Book Four is Available - Red-Lipped Batfish, Giant Purple Squirrels, Kakapo & More!

 I am very happy today to let you know about a new book in the Life on the "Goldilocks Planet" series . . . book four - Red-Lipped Batfish, Giant Purple Squirrels, Kakapo & More! In this book/curriculum tool for grandparents/parents, you will find twelve unique animals with full-color photos, fun facts, activities, quotes from scientists, and questions to get you talking - all designed to enable parents/grandparents so they are able to hand down a confident faith.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Why Wouldn't You Use It?

I'm very happy today to announce the release of book three in

the new "Life on the 'Goldilocks Planet'" curriculum and book series - Civets, Tree Kangaroos, Batoids & More!  This book will equip you with the tools you need to help the grandparents and parents in your ministry so they are able to hand down confident faith. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

God's Best Plan

 I began writing about Children's Ministry twenty five years ago. It was the beginning of the time where churches saw the need for staff who actually focused upon developing a solid ministry to the children in their church - beyond the DCE (Director of Christian Ed) who often was an Elder/Deacon and pretty much just handed out quarterlies to teachers and planned a VBS each year. People were starting to see how it truly mattered for our churches to take their Children's Ministry seriously - they saw it mattered for them to have effective Children's Ministry and choices about curriculum and programming truly mattered. 

Publishers began developing more curriculum resources and training opportunities. People (such as myself) began writing websites (this was before the start of blogs) with information to help the new Children's Directors/Pastors as they worked to develop solid Children's Ministry. Things began to become so much better!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Curriculum to Help Grandparents & Parents Hand Down Confident Faith

 I am often asked by grandmas (and grandpas, too) how they are able to do more to hand down confident faith than pray and invite their grandchildren to go to church with them, and my answer is always to watch for unexpected opportunities for conversations which connect life with God, be sure we live what we say, and plan special opportunities to have those important conversations. It is typically the third of these three things with which they find the most challenging, so today I'm going to walk you though a new curriculum written to help you plan these special opportunities.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Equip Grandparents for Grandparent's Day

Today is Grandparent's Day. This post is a Grandparent's Day post, but it is not about how important grandparents are - although grandparents are extremely important. It is not about how grandparents are able to make a lasting difference in the lives of their grandchildren - although grandparents are absolutely able to make a lasting difference in the lives of their grandchildren. It is not a call to grandparents to be people who pray for their grandchildren and children - although grandparents do need to be people who pray for their grandchildren and children. This is a post to encourage grandparents by letting you know about a curriculum resource written for them to use to hand down confident faith.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Eyelash Vipers, Pygmy Elephants, Pangolins & More! - the Tool You Need to Hand Down a Confident Faith

Yesterday we received our print copies of book two in the "Life on the 'Goldilocks Planet'" series - Eyelash Vipers, Pygmy Elephants, Pangolins & More!  Obviously three of the twelve animals in this book are Eyelash Vipers, Pygmy Elephants, and Pangolins, but today I'm happy to let you know what the other nine animals are . . . the Cassowary, Sunflower Sea Star, Large Blue Butterfly, Mantled Guereza Colobus Monkey, Golden Poison Dart Frog, Sun Bear, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Tufted Puffin, and Archerfish.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Equip & Engage Families for Just $1 Per Family

As the new school year begins is your church restarting your ministry to children and families? With covid still claiming lives across our country and so many schools trying to open, only to close due to outbreaks, most churches are not yet trying to offer on-campus Children's Ministry. But this does not mean you are not able to do something with the families in your church. Take a look at what you are able to do for just $1 per family . . . 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Parents, Grandparents, & Our Primary Job Description

It has almost been six months since the start of covid quarantine and social distancing. While there are churches which have re-started church services, most churches have not re-started their ministry for children and youth. Six months without the opportunity for the children in our church to connect with other adults who teach them what we are and with friends who love Jesus. Six months without learning more from the Bible and being encouraged to have a confident faith. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Do the Most Important Thing - Hand Down Confident Faith

Do you know what a Cassowary is? Have you ever heard of a Sun Bear, Sunflower Sea Star, or an Archerfish? What do you know about Pangolins? These five animals, and seven more, are included in my new book - Eyelash Vipers, Pygmy Elephants, Pangolins & More! and not only will you be able to use this book to share full-color photos of the animals and fun facts about them with your grandchildren, but you will also learn how each of these animals were designed "just right" to have the things they needed to be able to survive. When you share these things with the children you love, you will be able to show them "why" they are able to believe in God - the Designer - with confidence.

If we are serious about handing down the faith, we need to share with the children we love not only what to believe (although this is important), but also why they are able to believe with confidence. The day will come when they will be faced with people who do not believe. If we have not equipped them with the "whys" for their faith, the ones we love may join the increasing numbers of young adults who walk away from their faith. It is vital for us to teach our grandchildren and children the "whys" - and this book will help you do so.

Look what people are saying about this book . . .

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Hand Down a Confident Faith with "Eyelash Vipers, Pygmy Elephants, Pangolins & More!"

Today I am very happy to let you know about a new book - Eyelash Vipers, Pygmy Elephants, Pangolins & More! This book is the second book in the new "Life on the 'Goldilocks Planet'" series and will equip you to hand down a confident faith to the children you love. It is available on Amazon at this link and in our bookstore at this link. If you order it through our bookstore, you will save a couple dollars and will receive an autographed copy.

This book will equip you to engage your grandchildren, have a great time learning about the amazing world around us, and see how God's design is everywhere we look - and shows us why we are able to believe He is real! I am so humbled and thankful for this endorsement from Tim & Darcy Kimmel for my new book series - they said . . .

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Top Three Reasons to Leave Children's Ministry

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If you are serving in a Children's Ministry where you love what you do, love the people with whom you work, and can not see yourself ever leaving, this post may leave you thinking; "There could never be a reason I'd leave Children's Ministry!"

If you are serving in a Children's Ministry where you are not supported and it is a struggle to go to work, but you think it would be wrong to quit; you may look at this post and wonder if there could really be even one reason to leave Children's Ministry.

Well, I've been in both places and after 45 years in Children's Ministry, I am here today to tell you there are reasons to leave Children's Ministry and am sharing with you what I see as the top three reasons to do so.

Friday, August 14, 2020

What is the Job of Your Church?

I'm going to say something which may surprise you; it is NOT your church's job to hand confident faith to children. If you look throughout Scripture you will see God's best plan for the handing down of confident faith is for grandparents and parents to be the people who hand it to the children He has given to them. When both sets of grandparents and the parents team up to hand down confident faith, they are powerfully effective and are able to make a strong impact on the children they love.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Equip Families to Hand Down a Confident Faith

June 2015 in a town not far from where I live, a tornado hit; four churches in this small community were seriously damaged. One church was 160 years old. The members of this church were understandably quite dismayed and disheartened to see the significant damage to their church. However; their sadness turned to rejoicing a couple months later when the builders who began the work to rebuild brought them shocking news. As these builders surveyed the damage and began the work, they discovered nothing was holding up the floor of this old church building. The years had taken their toll and unbeknownst to the church members, their church floor was unsupported and about to collapse. The tornado actually saved them.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Connect with Children & Families - Equip them During Covid & Beyond

At all times, but especially now with covid changing so much about how churches connect with families/children, we need to be focused upon equipping parents/ grandparents so they are able to hand down the faith and teach the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real and trust Him with confidence - at home. If you ask the parents and grandparents if they are handing down the faith and teaching the "whys" for a confident faith, they will likely mostly say no. But it isn't because they don't want to do this - most often it is because they do not know how to engage the children they love and connect with them in meaningful and memorable ways.

Lay the Foundation AND Teach the "Whys" - It Matters

More and more often we hear and read about leaders in the church around the world who are renouncing their faith. And not just leaders in the church around the world, but many of us have children, grandchildren, siblings who have turned from a walk with God. What is happening?

I read a post on Cogent Christianity which made me think. George Brahm said; "Most of us have attended churches where apologetics is never an issue of focus. And what Marty’s case reveals is that a lack of apologetics-training in the local church can often be what causes a young person to apostatize, either when they are still young or later in the future." He goes on to say we tend to tell children what to believe, but do not ever tell them "why" they not only "should" believe it, but "why" it is the truth. Take a few minutes to follow the link above and read this article.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Teach the Whys & Help Your Grandchildren Develop a Confident Faith

Okay, I know I have been posting a fair amount about my new book - Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! Please bear with me today as I share a bit more about it - and a way for you to save money on the book or even get a digital copy for free!

As I wrote on my other blog today ( it absolutely is essential for us to tell the ones we love the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real and trust the Bible with confidence. If we do not, we run the terrible risk of the day coming when they turn away from their faith. This is happening more and more to families across our country - maybe even to your family. If we do not equip the ones we love with solid reasons for why they are able to believe, when difficulties come there way they may turn from their faith. But, when we equip them with the "whys", we are helping them develop a confident faith.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"A Great & Powerful Tool" to Help You Hand Down a Confident Faith

As you know, I recently released a new book designed to help your grandchildren (and you) develop a strong, confident faith in this world where a growing number of young people are leaving their faith and becoming atheists and agnostics. When we look at creation, we see God's design - design means there has to be a Designer. 

Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! is more than just an animal picture book - it is a tool which will help you hand down a confident faith! As Cavin Harper, from the Christian Grandparenting Network said; "I LOVE this little book you have created. What a great and powerful tool for shaping young minds to see and acknowledge the truth about God's creation. Well done. Every parent and grandparent ought to have this tool in their toolkit to teach the truth about creation and evolution. This is a marvelous tool I want to let every grandparent know about. Thank you for taking time with your grandsons to create this extraordinary piece."

Monday, July 27, 2020

Creation Shows God's Design & Gives Us a Confident Faith

My grandsons love animals. They have so far throughout their lives. So, when I wanted to come up with a way to help them learn to see and remember the truth about how God is real, it made sense to me to look at His creation. After all, Romans 1:20 tells us - "God's eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all he has made. That's why those people don't have any excuse."

Friday, July 24, 2020

Re-Opening Children's Ministry?

I'm sure it is on your minds how you go about opening your Children's Ministries to where you are able to have children and volunteers in class again - as a grandma, it is on my mind for sure. If churches open too soon, and without enough care, children, volunteers, and family members will get sick. I'm certain none of us want our church to be the place to where health officials trace an outbreak - particularly if someone ends up in the hospital and worse if they die. So, re-opening opportunities for children has to be carefully thought out AND carefully enacted.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More is Available & I'm Giving One Digital Copy Away!

I am so happy today to announce the release of the new book - Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More - in our Bookstore and on Amazon. This book is a unique book which children and families in your ministry will love - it is filled with photos of unique animals along with fun facts about each of these animals. In addition there are activities - crafts, recipes, games, and science projects following each animal to help children remember the fun and important things they learned.

Most importantly, and the reason for this book, is how it is designed to help grandparents and parents equip the children they love so they are able to see, recognize, and believe the truth about how God designed and created the world upon which we live and everything in it. You will find quotes from scientists which reinforce how science clearly shows everything on this world was designed to be as they are. This means there has to be a Designer and gives us so many reasons to believe God is real!

Look what people are saying about Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More . . . 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Help the Ones You Love See the Design & Believe in the Designer

As a grandma who believe the Bible, when it tells me God created the world upon which I live and everything on it, I believe. There are reasons I believe . . . first of all, I believe the Bible to be true. Secondly, when I look at the world, and everything on it, I see design, purpose, intention - for it all to have happened from chaos or chance seems impossible to me. I believe, and I want the ones I love to believe as well.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Help the Children Be Continually Amazed

God created the world in which we live so it is "just right" - as a place for us to live and in regards to us and every living thing on this planet. He knew what He was doing and when we look at creation we ae left amazed, continually amazed at the wonder and beauty of His creation!

Not only are we left amazed by creation, but it shows us over and over again how God designed it all "just right", which helps us know we are able to believe in God with confidence!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Help the Grandparents

How are you supporting, encouraging, and equipping grandparents during covid-19? I'm asking because if you have grandparents in your church who are the only ones who are handing faith to their grandchildren and who are the ones who bring their grandchildren to your church, it is very possible they are seeing far less of their grandchildren and have fewer opportunities to connect and hand down the faith. They need your help, because while time and distance may make the heart grow fonder, it is also able to cause a break which may leave the children feeling less attached to your church. If this happens, the grandparents may be feeling even more along when it comes to handing down the faith.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Grandparents Need to Be in Their Grandchildren's Lives Today

I sincerely believe the grandparents in your ministry are able to make a significant and lasting difference in the lives of the children they love when they prioritize being involved in their lives. I believe with all my heart it matters for them to be intentional when it comes to handing down our faith to these grandchildren given to them by God. There are reasons I believe these things - some of them are . . . 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Please Share Your Opinion

My grandsons and I have been working on a new book about amazing, unique, and surprising animals, but we are not sure what to name the book. If you would please take a moment to respond to this survey, we would most sincerely appreciate your input! Thank you! (The cover will likely look like this photo - with the name which will best fit!) You will find the survey at this link.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Virtual Grand Camp!

With your Children's Ministry not offering opportunities to meet in person due to covid-19, this idea for a "Virtual GrandCamp" is one you are certainly able to share with the grandparents - and parents - in your church. Please check it out and share!

Sherry Schumann and Cathy Jacobs are two of our Grandmas with Heart. They are also two grandmas who lead a GrandCamp each year for their church. This year with covid-19, they decided to make this year's GrandCamp a Virtual GrandCamp and open it up to any grandparent, anywhere, so they are able to use it with their grandchildren. Today I am so delighted to share the information you need to make a Virtual GrandCamp part of what you do with your grandchildren this summer!

Monday, June 22, 2020

Let Them Know - Grandmas DO Make a Difference

You likely have grandparents in your church who wonder if what they are trying to do to hand down the faith is anything which will actually make a difference. Please commit to encourage them with the truth about how they do make a significant difference in the lives of their grandchildren. Share with them this true account of Eunice Crosby - 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Happy Children's Day!

Today is Children's Day - yes, this is a real holiday . . . "Children’s Day  observations in the United States predate both Mother’s and Father’s Day. The day to celebrate children dates from the 1860s and earlier. The Methodist Episcopal Church at the Methodist Conference of 1868 recommended the second Sunday in June be observed annually as Children’s Day. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1883 designated the 'the second Sabbath in June as Children’s Day'

Chase’s Calendar of Events cites Children’s Sunday and notes The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues an annual proclamation for the second Sunday in JuneNumerous churches and denominations currently observe the second Sunday in June, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of the Nazarene."

The website - says; "American families and the entire country need this day to love, evaluate, and commit to the betterment of our children." Encourage the parents and grandparents in your church to enjoy the day celebrating the children they love today - go for it! If they have not planned to do anything to celebrate Children's Day, share the following ideas with them . . . 

Monday, June 8, 2020

Buy One for $5 & Get the Oher Book for Free!

One of the most important things we need to do as people who serve in Children's Ministry is equip the grandmas (and grandpas/ parents, too) so they help the children they love learn to talk with God for themselves. Yes, they need to hear their grandparents and parents pray. Yes, they need to know we pray for them. But, if they are going to have a walk of their own with God, they have to learn to be people who talk with God.

So, since Children's Day is just a few days away (it is on June 14th) I wanted to make it easy for you to equip the grandparents/ parents in your church to give the children they love ages four through fourteen a gift which has the potential to change their lives as it helps them learn to talk with God, and give them the copy for grandparents and parents; so not only are the children they love able to learn to talk with God, but they are able to pray with them for a year - which has the potential to lead to some wonderful conversations all year long!

New from Yancy - Little Praise Party: Ready, Set, Go Church Bundle

I was recently invited by Yancy to take a look at her new music resource - Little Praise Party, and today I'm delighted to let you know about it.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Celebrate Children's Day

Next Sunday – June 14th, is Children’s Day . . . yes, it is a real holiday! (If you look it up on Google, it says the USA celebrates Children’s Day on the second Sunday in June – this has been the official date since the 1800’s – I really did not make this holiday up!!!) 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hand Down the Faith

Did you know studies show most children go to church every other week? This means out of 336 hours (the number of hours in two weeks) children are at church for just one to three hours (depending on if they also go to the mid-week Children's Ministry - read the book, The Question Nobody Asks About Our Children for more info on this.)

Even in a best case scenario where a child is at church every time the doors are open, they are only there for six out of 336 hours. How is a Children's Ministry possibly able to hand down faith if a child is only at church for one to three hours out of 336? Which also leaves us with the question; "Is it the 'job' of the Children's Ministry to hand down the faith?" And, "If it is not the Children's Ministry's 'job', then whose job is it?"

Friday, May 22, 2020

Equip Children to Know Their Real "Super Power"

When the grandparents in your ministry look back at raising their children, they likely have things they wish they knew to do differently. I do. The biggest is I wish I knew how to talk with God then, so I would have been able to help them learn how to talk with God. I know now how much it matters to help the children we love learn to be people who talk with God on their own, people who watch for how God answers and people who remember what He does in their lives. These are some of the most important and essential things for the ones we love to grow to love, know and walk with God.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

God's Grace Requires Us to Show Grace

I read something from UpWords with Max Lucado. He said, "So, how often do you sin, hmm… in an hour?  For the sake of discussion, let’s say ten times an hour.  Ten sins an hour, times sixteen waking hours, times 365 days a year, times the average life span of 74 years.  I’m rounding the total off to 4,300,000 sins per person!  How do you plan to pay God for your 4.3 million sin increments?  You’re swimming in an ocean of debt. But God pardons the zillion sins of selfish humanity.  He forgives sixty million sin-filled days.  He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be.  And He did it by the grace of Jesus Christ."

If we are Christians, then we have been the recipients of God's incredible grace, pardon and forgiveness. Do we freely offer this grace, pardon and forgiveness we have received to those who hurt, offend, upset or wound us? Are our lives marked by grace - not only receiving it, but in generously giving it to others? Consider the following -

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Take the First Step to Leave a Legacy of Faith

Prayer is absolutely the first step we are able to take when it comes to leaving a legacy of faith for the children and grandchildren given to the families in your church by God. Consider sharing this post with them to help them learn how to hand down the faith. It is an important and essential thing they are able to do as grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) to make a real, significant and important difference in the lives of the children they love . . . they are able to - and must - pray for and with them.

Take the Blinders Off!

Okay - today I'm writing about something I care so very much about . . . Children's Ministry. Some of you who read this need to know, what I'm writing doesn't really apply to your Children's Ninistry . . . but before you read a bit further and decide your ministry isn't the ministry about which I'm talking, read the whole post and ask God to remove your "blinders" and help you honestly evaluate to see if there might be at least some of what I say which applies to your ministry.

I don't have horses . . . the one time I rode a horse the entire camp laughed about it all summer long (I was a counselor and they thought it would be nice for the counselors to have an opportunity to ride the horses . . . I just couldn't get my horse to go straight and we kept getting "stuck" in the bushes - it was an experience!) However, even though my personal horse experience is limited - and not highly successful - I do know about "blinders". They are put on some horses to help keep them from being distracted by the things around them. Blinders may be good, but I think in Children's Ministry they also keep us from being effective.

Far too often we don't know what we don't know. We think we know what we are doing and we move forward, but when we look back for results - children and families with changed lives - we see our youth ministries still ended up being a "salvage ministry" because we really missed the mark in our Children's Ministry. So, what are we able to do to keep from "missing the mark"? Consider the following -

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hand Down the Faith with a Mystery Bag Project - God Knows What the Future Holds

I posted this today on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart, but thought with the children from your churches home from school, you might like to share it with their parents and grandparents. 

We, and the children we love, are living in what is most certainly able to be considered an uncertain time. But, while we do not know what all to expect from day to day, we do know God has good things in store for us and we are able to pray the ones we love will be able to see those, "good things". 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

You have much to offer the ones you love - grandmas and moms matter and what you do matters as well. So, for all the big and all the small ways you show love - thank you!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Thursday, May 7, 2020

National Day of Prayer - Pray & Help Them Learn to Pray

Today is the National Day of Prayer, so as you pray for the ones you love, our churches, our country and the world, look at just some of what God has to say about prayer . . . 

Monday, May 4, 2020

BOLT At Home VBS Curriculum for Home & Church

BOLT Web banner.jpgI was recently invited to take a look at a new resource to help families and churches with a VBS which is able to be an at-home, virtual VBS. BOLT is the resource and it is available to families to use at home with the children they love and to churches to use with the families in their community.

You will find information about this new VBS at the following link. I was sent the Day Two lesson, so I would be able to take a closer look. I like the following . . . 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Equip Parents & Grandparents to Hand Down the Faith

One thing this Covid-19 Pandemic has shown us with the stay at home orders is parents/ grandparents are the people who have to teach the children they love. This has become the case for school and is the case - has always been the case - when it comes to handing down the faith. It is not the job of the church to be the people who hand down the faith - it is the God-given job of parents and grandparents. It is God's best plan for parents and grandparents to hand down the faith to the children and grandchildren with whom He blesses them. It is the job of the church to equip, encourage and enable parents and grandparents, so they hand down the faith in their homes. We clearly see this now as children are not able to go to church, but while it absolutely has to happen now, it needs to be one of the things which continues far past Covid-19.

So, take the time now to establish a plan where you are equipping and encouraging parents and grandparents to hand down the faith at home - while they are not able to go to church, and then continue it after they are able to return. It is not difficult to provide resources for parents and grandparents to use at home - consider the following . . . 

Monday, April 27, 2020

They Are The Teachers - Chosen By God

Teaching children has become a much more visible "job" for parents - and some grandparents - with the closing of schools due to Covid-19. While teaching children their ABC's is now something which is happening in their homes, teaching them to know the Lord is something which needs to be part of their home life at all times - with their parents and grandparents as their teachers. This is God's best plan for the handing down of the faith from one generation to the next - for grandparents and parents to teach the children they love about the One who loves them the most and how they are able to know, walk and talk with Him. (Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children is an excellent resource to help them teach children ages four - fourteen to talk with God.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Equip Grandparents/Parents to Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - God Made You Unique & Oh, So Valuable

It is always important for leaders in our churches to equip, encourage and engage grandparents and parents to hand down the faith to the children they love, but even more so now with so many churches closed. Consider sharing the following Mystery Bag project with the grandparents and parents in your church.

The month of May is National Mental Health Month, so with May just around the corner and especially with so many of us staying at home and our grandchildren experiencing the feelings of isolation and being away from their friends, I want to write today about something very, very important. Suicide. I was shocked to learn suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States for children, youth and young adults ages ten - 34. Yes, this statistic included children as young as ten. I have a grandson who is eleven.

This got my attention; and I assume it has your attention as well.

The world in which we, and our grandchildren live is filled with stress. So many things in their young lives cause trauma leaving children, teens and young adults dealing with serious issues with which they may not know how to deal or talk to others about the things weighing them down.

These are serious issues without simple answers, but there are things we are able to do to help the ones we love grow up with a strong, healthy mind and with the ability to cope. The first is to educate ourselves as to the warning signs - know what you should be looking for and keep an eye out. Do not think this is something which is not possibly going to happen in your family. It is possible; know what to watch for and then watch for those things.

Next pray for God to protect the hearts and minds of those you love. The Bible presents Satan as a "roaring lion" and says he is looking for people to "devour" in 1 Peter 5:8. Pray for them and model what it looks like to "keep a firm grip on the faith"

As difficult situations arise where you and the ones you love live - COVID-19, severe weather, violence, illnesses, bullying, school pressures, divorce, being over scheduled, moving, death, etc, pray about these things and be proactive - talk with your family. Carefully monitor what your grandchildren hear/see as far as news on the television - it is often frightening and confusing. Be careful as well about the conversations you have in their presence. Remember; "Little pitchers have big ears."

Be proactive and intentional. Plan opportunities to talk about and engage your grandchildren in activities which help them understand how very, very valuable they are to you and to God. Help them see themselves the way God sees them. Consider trying the following Mystery Bag Project with the children you love - gather the supplies and send them to your grandchildren. You will need . . . 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Equip Grandparents & Parents to Know & Hand Down a Joy Like No Other

One of the most important things you will do as a person who serves in and leads a Children's Ministry is for you to equip and encourage grandparents and parents to hand down the faith. Especially now as with social distancing, you are not able to physically meet with children to help them learn to know, love, talk and walk with God. It is always essential for you to equip the grandparents and parents to do this.

So, today to help you help them I am happy to share with you a post from Grandmas with Heart - please read this and share it with the grandparents and parents in your church.

This quote is something we know to be absolutely true - our grandchildren fill our hearts with so much joy. When we see their smiles, we experience joy. When we hear them call out to us, we experience joy. When they make the choice to believe in God, we experience joy. When we are able to watch them grown in their walk with God, we experience joy.

But, joy is not a "one-way street", because as grandmas - and grandpas - we are able to help our grandchildren experience joy as well. In John 16:24 we read . . .

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Children are a Blessing & Gift from God

As you try to connect with grandparents and parents from a distance, consider sharing this post with them today . . . 

My grandchildren are completing this school year from home as in Michigan children will not return to their schools due to COVID-19. While they will be able to connect with their teachers through their computers (their school already had issued them laptops or ipads last Fall), they will not be able to spend time in their school with other children until Fall. This is certainly not what any of us thought this school year would look like.