January 2012 Blog Posts (312)

Kids' Bedtime Radio Show - Nite Lite 1/31/12 "Tales of the Kingdom Pt 18, Jack Pearson - Nashville Bound Musicians, Philippians - What happens when you die?"

Tonight in The Tales of the Kingdom we find out who attacked the king in the forest, and no one is more surprised than the baker! Then Jack Pearson has a story/song about the Nashville-Bound Musicians. After that we’ll find out what happens after you die!

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Added by Nathan Anderson on January 31, 2012 at 10:44pm — No Comments

McDonald’s Style Kids Ministry?

20120131-181109.jpg I think there are some things we can learn from McDonald’s both positive and negative. McDonald’s revolutionized the way families dined out. Before they came along restaurants allowed you to bring your kids but they frowned upon them actually acting like kids. McDonald’s welcomed your children. They built play structures. They had a specialized menu. They gave kids cheap toys for eating there…

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Added by Jason Martin on January 31, 2012 at 6:38pm — 1 Comment

Kidmin Basics – Safety & Security Part 4

In today’s world it is absolutely necessary to establish boundaries for how we interact with children.  Again, our number one goal is the safety and security of the children we teach. We are also responsible to protect our volunteers from…

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Added by Keith Tusing on January 31, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

Expanding on Family Leadership

As I said last week, I think the best model for the husband and wife relationship is the one I call headship – both the man and the woman are equal under God, however the husband is the head of the home. There are a few things that go along with being head of the home:

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Added by Jesse Smith on January 31, 2012 at 9:47am — No Comments

What Will the Coming Months Hold for About the Children's Department?

As you know, the month of January I focused on VBS with reviews, side-by-side comparison charts and posts covering all things VBS - it has been a busy month! So, what will the coming months hold for About the Children's Department? Well, all of February I'll be focusing on family ministry with posts about family ministry, how to evaluate your family ministry, begin a family ministry and how to make a lasting impact on families in your church and community. I'll review resources and…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 31, 2012 at 8:39am — No Comments

A Reminder About "Fluff" in VBS - What It Is and What It Is NOT!

As my reviews wrap up, I do want to remind you about "fluff" in VBS. Each year there are a number of publishers who like to say their VBS resources "bring the Bible back to VBS", but when I review the resources I find the Bible in all of them. So, I thought I'd take a moment to consider once again what "fluff" is . . . and what it is not.



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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 31, 2012 at 8:17am — No Comments

Winning in Early Childhood: Next Steps

One of the very first steps to setting up our Early Childhood environments for a win is to set realistic expectations.  I’m talking about expectations that set us up to win and to keep on winning and keep on winning and keep on winning.  The issue is that these wins have to be defined by each leader on a unique level, and have to be defined for each church based on…

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Added by Jonathan Cliff on January 31, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

CTWG “Whats Your Testimony”

I got to share some thoughts in the main service this week…

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Added by Jason Martin on January 30, 2012 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Warning: The Importance of Incident Reports (free download)

It's extremely important to document incidents in your Children's Ministry because...

  • It holds you accountable to document and report to parents any incidents involving their child. 
  • It benefits your ministry if the incident requires legal counsel.
  • It alerts you to any dangers that need to be remedied or corrected to prevent future harm.



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Added by Dale Hudson on January 30, 2012 at 3:09pm — No Comments

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Added by Jason Martin on January 30, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments

Put Feet to Their Faith With Samaritan Purse's Children's Heart Project!

I am delighted to share a ministry opportunity with you . . . the Children's Heart Project from Samaritan's Purse. I could write about this project to explain it, but Samaritan's Purse does a much better job, so I'll share what they say and one of their stories with you.



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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 30, 2012 at 8:44am — No Comments

Thank You and Please Come Back!

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has visited About the Children's Department during the month of January to read my VBS reviews and posts! Thank you! I'd also like to invite you to come back and make About the Children's Department one of the places you turn to for information, ideas and resources for children's ministry. The month of February I'll be focusing on family ministry and will be reviewing - and giving away - a number of excellent family ministry resources. Please…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 30, 2012 at 8:07am — No Comments

A Children’s Pastor’s Advice on Ministering to Children of Divorce

I had planned on finishing and posting part 4 of my tale of the DC4K Ministry that I recently completed.  Unfortunately, family obligations interfered.  So, instead I want to draw your attention to valuable video posted by someone in the children’s ministry community that I have a great deal of respect for.

Dale Hudson is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida.  Dale has…

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Added by Wayne Stocks on January 30, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments

CTWG Family Challenge Day 30

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Added by Jason Martin on January 30, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Real Horror Story of Early Childhood

I’ve seen the real horror of Early Childhood and Nursery ministry.  It’s NOT the one person in a room of 20 kids under 18 months old all by themselves.  It’s NOT the parent that insist that we not call her out of service when her kid throws chairs across the classroom.  It’s NOT even the kid that comes to church…

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Added by Jonathan Cliff on January 30, 2012 at 5:01am — No Comments

Kids' Bedtime Radio Show - Nite Lite 1/29/12 "Tales of the Kingdom Pt 16, The Pond - The Friendless Mailman, Philippians - Bad Apples"

Tonight in The Tales of the Kingdom Hero finally meets his greatest enemy. Then in The Pond, the mailman goes to extremes in trying to make friends. After that, some bad apples try to get Paul into more trouble.

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Added by Nathan Anderson on January 29, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

How Did I Determine Which VBS Is My Top Pick for 2012?

I reviewed more than a dozen VBS kits this year and am very happy to say I found all of them to be Biblically sound resources with well developed themes and engaging settings! Regardless of which kits you select to utilize in your ministry, you can be confident of finding quality resources and you will be happy with your selections. I want to give you an idea of how I made my selections for this year's Top Ten VBS resources. I'm not a VBS publisher and I'm not a bookstore; I'm a…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 29, 2012 at 8:22am — No Comments

CTWG Family Challenge Day 29

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Added by Jason Martin on January 29, 2012 at 5:04am — No Comments

Wayne’s Weekly Twitter Digest – 2012-01-22 to 2012-01-28

  • What? No one is chatting on CMConnect.org right now? Join the conversation at CMConnect.org!!! #kidmin #CMConnect 14:05:21, 2012-01-24
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Added by Wayne Stocks on January 29, 2012 at 12:56am — No Comments

In the Coming Week . . . VBS, Family Ministry and More . . .

For the past month I've been focusing on VBS for 2012 . . . it has been a busy month with fourteen VBS kit reviews, two side-by-side comparison charts, give-aways and much more. Thank you for reading my VBS posts this month and a special thank-you to everyone who "shared" About the Children's Department with the people you know! I most sincerely appreciate it!



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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 28, 2012 at 7:43am — No Comments

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