It has been called different things for many years: family devotions, family worship, faith conversations, reading the Bible and praying together. Whatever phrase is familiar to you, we all understand the concept. Parents are the ones God has entrusted with the job of spiritually training their children. As a children’s minister, you are in the unique position to help and strengthen parents for this task. Continue reading
Each year at my church, we host a fall festival for the community. I am always amazed by the fact that our church, which averages around 150 people in attendance, is able to host an event for over 1,000 people in the community. While I love this event, it has not always brought a smile to my face.
Our fall festival started over 10 years ago simply as a way to provide an alternative activity to the American holiday, Halloween. We had small games, crafts, and candy for the children of our church. After a few years of following this pattern, a lady in my church expressed a desire to make this more of a community event by providing dinner for those in attendance. I started to catch her vision and decided to add an inflatable slide to the activities. We began to plan and announced the event to our congregation. I had no idea what was about to happen. Continue reading
In my early years of leading a bus ministry, when it all was new and exciting as well as frustrating and tiring, there were two very special sisters, Tasha and Misha.
One memory that is especially dear to my heart is when we decided to have a girls’ sleepover, with all our girls within the church. My bus ministry kids were so excited about the sleepover. They could hardly wait. I sent a flier home with all kids about a week before the sleepover with a list of different items to bring. Snacks were included on the list with a note to parents that the snacks were to be shared with everyone. Continue reading
Imagine that there is a door you must go through to enter the Kingdom of God. You enter that door. You move through the rooms. You find a group of people who are much like you. You feel safe, secure. As you become more engaged with the people in the room, you move further away from the door.
Very few people stand near the door to say “hello” to those who walk by, to listen to their stories, to invite them in. It’s difficult to stand at the door. You meet people who question your beliefs. You encounter much suffering—poverty, loneliness, abuse, despair. Yet, if no one stands at the door, who will invite these people into the kingdom? Continue reading
Science Experiments That Teach Bible Truth, Part 2
I was standing on stage in front of a large group of children with five raw eggs balanced on cardboard cylinders. The cardboard cylinders were on top of a tray held up by five glasses. As I smiled confidently at the children, my heart was racing. If I made a mistake, I was about to drop raw eggs all over the stage in front of everyone. Continue reading
Giving Children a Biblical Worldview
When my husband Scott was a little boy, he lived within view of the beautiful Appalachian Mountain Range in Georgia, where we still live today. In the spring, those mountains are bursting with green trees. During his second grade year in school, the eye doctor discovered that Scott desperately needed glasses. When Scott put on his new glasses, he could see clearly for the first time. As he was leaving the doctor’s office, which faced the mountains, he suddenly asked his mom, “Did you know those mountains have trees on them?” All of his life, he had only seen an outline of the real thing. He needed his glasses to have a clear view. Continue reading
Science experiments are used to help students of all ages discover and understand scientific truth. When science experiments are used in the church classroom or worship session they help children discover not only scientific truth but also spiritual truth that can be applied to their daily lives. They also allow children to be involved in hands-on learning rather than merely listening to a lecture or observing a demonstration. And, perhaps most important, science experiments provide memorable moments that spark interest, command attention, and bring truth to life. Continue reading
Making the Most of Summer Ministry
Summer ministry can be exciting and challenging at the same time. With family vacations, camps, and sports activities, volunteer participation and child attendance can fluctuate from week to week. However, you have the opportunity to truly pour into children in unique ways during this time. Continue reading
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” Deuteronomy 6:5-7.
Sometimes it seems that as a children’s minister I am held primarily responsible for faith development in children. Biblically, that isn’t the case. In Deuteronomy 6, the mandate is clearly given to mothers and fathers. They are to love God completely and teach His commands to their children within the context of daily living. However, this Old Testament mandate was not the responsibility of the family alone. The parents’ instruction was to be affirmed by a loving faith community. What was modeled and taught in the home was also modeled and taught within the community. The family and community partnered together to nurture faith in the next generation. Continue reading
“CELEBRATE, Jesus CELEBRATE! CELEBRATE, Jesus CELEBRATE! He is Risen! He is risen, and He lives forevermore! He is Risen! He is Risen! Come on and CELEBRATE the RESURRECTION of our Lord!”
Easter is a time of celebration. Because of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, we can take this time to CELEBRATE: Salvation, peace, joy, healing, deliverance, eternal life, and much more! Continue reading