Monday, December 5, 2022

Special Christmas Sale - Get Red-Lipped Batfish, Giant Purple Squirrels, Kakapos & More! and Hand Down Confident Faith

Please share with the parents and grandparents in your ministry - I have truly enjoyed learning more about animals with which I am familiar - such as  Komodo Dragons, Blue Whales, and Whale Sharks. I have also enjoyed learning about animals I did not know existed - such as  Red-Lipped Batfish, Rufous Hummingbirds, Gharials, Asiatic Lions, Giant Purple Squirrels, Dumbo Octopuses, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Baikal Seals, Guanacos, and Kakapos! Yes, all of these are real animals and you will find all of them are in Red-Lipped Batfish, Giant Purple Squirrels, Kakapos & More!

14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry - Stop Doing the Little Things

As we continue to think about things we do - or do not do - which result in us "blowing" our ministry, this one is a big thing . . . even though it is about the little things.

Children's Ministry Around the World - Kenya, Africa

As we continue to look at Children's Ministry and the lives of children from around the world, today we "journey" to Kenya, Africa.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Use Our Special Christmas Sale to get Civets, Tree Kangaroos, Batoids & More! and Hand Down Confident Faith

 

Please share with the parents and grandparents in your ministry - If you could do something which has the potential to equip the children you love with a confident faith, would you do it? Well, the Life on the Goldilocks Planet books are not only engaging, interesting, surprising, and fun books but they are also tools which will help you connect with your children/ grandchildren as you learn together the "whys" - why you are able to believe God is real and God and science DO go together!

14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry - Be Negative

As we continue to look at ways "we can keep from 'blowing' our Children's Ministry" today let's think about, "Being Negative".

Children's Ministry Around the World - Ghana, Africa

As we continue to look at Children's Ministry and the lives of children from around the world, today we "journey" to Ghana.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Special Christmas Sale is a Great Time to Get Eyelash Vipers, Pygmy Elephants, Pangolins & More!

  

Please share with the parents and grandparents in your ministry - 

I have always found learning about animals to be interesting and fun - as do most people - especially children, so what could possibly be a better way to help the children we love learn the "whys" - why they are able to believe God is real and God and science DO go together? The Life on the Goldilocks Planet books are a fantastic tool to help parents and grandparents hand down confident faith because as they help the children they love learn about interesting animals - many of which they may never have heard of before - they will also be learning the "whys"! And with our Special Christmas Sale, it is the perfect time to get a book, or two!

Children's Ministry Around the World - DRC, Africa

Today on our little "trip" to see what Children's Ministry - and life - is like in other places around the world, we will "visit" the DRC in Africa.

14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry . . . Stop Making Your Ministry "Attractive"

As I said yesterday, there are ways we can keep from "blowing" our Children's Ministry, so today let's think about, "Stop Making Your Ministry 'Attractive'".

Friday, December 2, 2022

Special Christmas Sale to Help You Hand Down Confident Faith with Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More!

 

Please share with the parents and grandparents in your ministry - I've been sharing with you about how to make this Christmas a time where you are able to be intentional when it comes to handing down confident faith by giving a gift which teaches the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real and God and science DO go together - and posting how the Life on the Goldilocks Planet books will help you do exactly this. I am so happy to offer a Special Christmas Sale to help you get these books - the price has been reduced to $10.59 for each single book and $34.99 for each four book combo book - and the first book - Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! is available for only $5.43 for even more savings!

Children's Ministry Around the World - Côte d’Ivoire, Africa

With Christmas drawing near, I thought it might be helpful to take a look at what Children's Ministry looks like around the world. It is so easy for us to focus upon our families and our ministries and not stop to see how blessed we are and how we need to pray for and help as we are able, those around the world.

14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry . . . Lose Focus on the Personal "Touch"

A few years ago my daughter-in-law posted an article on her fb entitled; "16 Ways I Blew My Marriage". It gave married couples a lot to think about in regards to keeping their marriage strong. 

As I read through and thought about it, it occurred to me, some of these might apply to how we can keep from "blowing" our Children's Ministry, so I adapted the article and came up with 14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry, which I will share with you for the next 14 days, because I think it is helpful to think about these 14 things . . . starting today with, "Lose Focus on the Personal 'Touch'".

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Teach the "Whys" with Anchored

Over the many, many years where churches have had intentional Children's Ministries, we have done a good job when it comes to teaching the "whats" - what the Bible says and therefore what we believe. But for some reason we never focused on teaching the "whys" - why we are able to believe what we believe. While we absolutely must teach the "whats" we also must teach the "whys" - when we do not, we end up with the results we are seeing in families throughout our churches - where young people are turning away from their faith and many of them are turning to atheism (as Barna's research shows), and growing numbers of people are saying they do not believe the Bible is true (as Gallup's research shows.) If we are going to stop these trends, we must start teaching the "whys" with as much intentionality as we show when we teach the "whats".

What is Your "Job"?

What is the "job" of the person who serves in the Children's Ministry? Is it to teach children about Jesus? Is it to teach children about the Bible? Is it to lead children to Jesus? What is our "job"?

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Life on the Goldilocks Planet Books - Special Pricing & Offer for Christmas!

Please share with the parents/grandparents in your ministry - 

Have you ordered your Life on the Goldilocks Planet  series of books and how they make a fantastic Christmas gift for the children you love ages four through fourteen - especially if you add some of the supplies they will need for the science projects, crafts, recipes, and games in the books - but today I want to let you know my special Christmas offer is still available . . . not only are the books priced for special Christmas savings, but if you buy a print copy of any of the books and then email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com to tell me which book you bought, I will email you a pdf digital copy of the same book for free!

What Do You Do with the Potential "Controversies" at Christmas?

We are entering a month of celebrating, special events, programs, and parties leading up to Christmas! Definitely a busy time of year, but also a time of year which has great potential to stir up "trouble" as you try to discern the best way for your Children's Ministry to handle things such as; gift exchanges, special service projects, dealing with "Santa", and just how many special events should you plan in this month when families already tend to be so busy. Do any of the following sound familiar to you . . . 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Thankful or Wantful?

We celebrated Thanksgiving and once again people rushed to stores for "Black Friday Deals" and spent yesterday looking for "Cyber Monday Deals" as well. People have turned their focus to the things they "want" . . . and this includes the children in our ministries as they think about the things they want to receive for Christmas. 

Monday, November 28, 2022

Cyber Monday Savings with the Life on the Goldilocks Planet books

Please share with the parents and grandparents in your ministry - 

Today is "Cyber Monday" which makes today a great day to get at least one of the Life on the Goldilocks Planet  books for the children you love ages four through fourteen! The first book in the series - Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! is still available for only $5.43 and all of the books in the series are now available at a special price for Christmas - the individual books which are normally $13.59 are now $10.59 each and the four book combo books which are normally $44.99 are now $34.99 each - significant savings which will make your Christmas budget stretch!

Do You Know How History, Community & Culture Impact Your Children's Ministry?

Too often we tend to think Children's Ministry is just comprised of churches and children, which, technically, it is; but our churches . . . and our children . . . are not identical.  Our communities are different.  Our people are different.  Our histories are different. Our cultures are different. What works in one church, may or may not work in another.  And, while there are components which are essential for every Children’s Ministry to be effective, there is no “secret recipe” where if you are certain to include each ingredient, you will be guaranteed an effective Children’s Ministry.  

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Praying Deeper Through the Scriptures - Now Available in Paperback - Makes a Great Christmas Gift!

Please share with the parents and grandparents in your church - 

Over the years I have written several books which guide parents and grandparents in praying through the Scriptures for their own walk with God and for their children/ grandchildren's walk as well. I lead the G@P (Generations at Prayer) group at my church and we have worked through my books in the past three years, so this year I wrote a new book for my group to use with a focus on praying both Old and New Testament passages for the children we love who are walking with God and those who are not. Praying Deeper Through the Scriptures is now available in paperback and makes a fantastic Christmas gift for the parents and grandparents on your gift list!Over the years I have written several books which guide parents and grandparents in praying through the Scriptures for their own walk with God and for their children/ grandchildren's walk as well. I lead the G@P (Generations at Prayer) group at my church and we have worked through my books in the past three years, so this year I wrote a new book for my group to use with a focus on praying both Old and New Testament passages for the children we love who are walking with God and those who are not. Praying Deeper Through the Scriptures is now available in paperback and makes a fantastic Christmas gift for the parents and grandparents on your gift list!

Friday, November 25, 2022

Stretch Your Budget with Life on the Goldilocks Planet Books - Special Christmas Pricing!

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

If you have been thinking about getting at least one of the Life on the Goldilocks Planet books for someone you love ages four to fourteen this Christmas, then today is a great day to order your books! The first book in the series - Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! is still available for only $5.43 and all of the books in the series are now available at a special Christmas price break - the individual books which are normally $13.59 are now $10.59 each and the four book combo book which are normally $44.99 are now $34.99 each - significant savings which will make your Christmas budget stretch!

Be Encouraged! God Sees & Remembers!

Serving in Children's Ministry can be one of the most joy-filled things you will ever do! Serving in Children's Ministry can be one of the most pain-filled things you will ever do. Both of these sentences are true. Serving can be joy-filled because you are able to use the gifts and abilities God has given you to help children learn of God's love and grace and how they can know and walk with Him for the rest of their lives! Definitely joy-filled! It can be joy-filled because you get the opportunity to serve with others who are giving their all to the Children's Ministry - some of the most wonderful people I've ever met serve in Children's Ministry!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Life on the Goldilocks Planet Books - Special Christmas Pricing!

If you like to give books for Christmas to the children on your list, and like to give gifts which encourage developing - or continuing with - an interest such as cooking, science, crafts, etc., then the Life on the Goldilocks Planet books are the perfect gift for the children you love! AND they are now all available at special reduced prices for Christmas! The individual books are now only $10.59 each (a savings of $3 per book), the four-book combo books are available at just $34.99 each (a savings of $10 per book), and the first book in the series - Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! continues to be on sale for only $5.43!

Thankful for . . . Faithful Volunteers!

When it comes to Children's Ministry there are no shortage of things you need so you are able to provide  ministry to children, but clearly one of the biggest needs is for volunteers. As you focus on being thankful this year, take time to thank God for the volunteers you have . . . even if you need more, be thankful, ever so thankful for the volunteers you have!