January 2013 Blog Posts (170)

Successful Puppetry in Children's Church

Many people feel that children will not be interested in puppetry, or have tried puppetry in their services and were not able to hold the kid's attention. 

In my years of experience, I've found that there are some key factors in whether they will like or won't like puppets. 

1.  Your puppetry skills must be "professional" - or close to it.

If your puppets don't look…

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Added by Sara Vojtasek on January 31, 2013 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Study Shows Parents LIe to Their Kids

























A recent report from the International Journal of Psychology says that parents routinely lie to their kids.



The most frequent example of lying is…

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Added by Dale Hudson on January 31, 2013 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Do Children Benefit from the Divorce of Their Parents?

Editor’s Note:  We are taking a break this week from our discussion of the 6/50 Window and the spiritual impacts of divorce on children.  Come back next week as we delve further into this issue.  For now, please join us in a discussion on what benefits children may find in the divorce of their parents and what the cost of those benefits might be.

Earlier in January HuffPost Divorce asked the following on Facebook and…

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Added by Wayne Stocks on January 31, 2013 at 3:43pm — No Comments

VBS Give-Away - One Kingdom Chronicles Kit from Answers in Genesis

I'm very happy today to share another VBS give-away with you . . . this time from Answers in Genesis! They are making one of their VBS starter kits available for me to give away! AIG has this to say about their VBS; "As Answers in Genesis says, “This great VBS shows kids how God's Word connects to every area of their life! And it helps them to see the Bible is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago, so they will know its amazing…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 31, 2013 at 3:33pm — No Comments

VBS Give-Away - Turn It Up Music CD from Orange!

I'm very happy today to share another VBS give-away with you . . . this time from Orange . . . they are making available one of their Turn It Up Music CDs for me to give away! Orange has this to say about their music; "One of the things which creates a great Summer XP is awesome music. You'll have the entire Turn it Up VBS Special Edition CD to enhance your worship environment with full songs and performance tracks. This album is packed with songs which will get…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 31, 2013 at 7:24am — No Comments

3 Questions You Can Ask to Improve Your Children's Ministry

























What should we stop doing?

Constantly evaluate the effectiveness of what you are doing.  Remember, busyness…

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Added by Dale Hudson on January 30, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments

VBS Give-Away - Mission Project Pack from Standard Publishing!

I'm very happy today to announce another special VBS give-away . . . this time from Standard Publishing! They have made available their Mission Project Pack which they describe as: "Includes everything you need to get kids involved in serving kids in Mexico. Create a Serving Hands wall with colorful hands and posters. Then follow the instructions in the leader's guide to help your VBS kids and team to make a difference in the lives of orphans…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 30, 2013 at 7:34am — No Comments

Every Child Matters

lifecounts

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous--and how well I know it.

Psalm 139:13-14

Last week, my children (ages 16 and 13) attended the March for Life rally in Washington, DC.  I…

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Added by Kathie Phillips on January 29, 2013 at 6:37pm — No Comments

New Children's Building Video Tour

A few weeks ago, we created a video tour of our children's building for the people who participated in the CPC Orlando church tour.  Here is the video, if you'd like to see it.



As you watch, keep this in mind.



Space matters.  A good children's building is a great tool to attract kids and families.  Do something with what God has given you.  Even if it's as simple as painting the walls a kid-friendly color, it will make a difference.



Relationships…

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Added by Dale Hudson on January 29, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

New e-book, 'Jonah and the big fish' is up!!

New Bible picture e-book is up!!

Jonah and the big fish

Jonah 1-3

The second Bible picture e-book 'Jonah and the big…
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Added by Masaru Horie on January 29, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments

CHAT ARCHIVE - Topic: Easter Outreach Ideas - part 1 of 2

  • and, the mom can not be cold!

  • Me

    So... our topic today for chat is Easter Outreach Ideas - a brainstorm on how to invite new families to come to your church for Easter... and to keep them coming!

  • Can you all take a moment to invite friends via twitter, etc?…

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Added by Michael Chanley on January 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

CHAT ARCHIVE - Topic: Easter Outreach Ideas - part 2 of 2

... continued from here.

  • Me

    So, this is all good brainstorming the details and talking through how to spread the word... let's change the conversation a bit?

  • Justin Brooks

    Doing…

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Added by Michael Chanley on January 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Charles Spurgeon: Kids and grumpy adults

Let the children come

Added by Doug Drake on January 29, 2013 at 11:31am — No Comments

Delayed Obedience

Just like Bill heard it in the plane, we hear it all the time. In stores, in museums, at the park. “Jeffery, stop.” “Jeffery, no.” Jeffery, Jeffery, Jeffery.”

I find it intollerable.

My children know the mantra, “Delayed Obedience is Disobedience.”

But, just like other children, they don’t always listen the…

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Added by Jesse Smith on January 29, 2013 at 8:36am — No Comments

VBS Give-Away - Two Free One-Year Subscriptions to Christian Games & Crafts!

It has been a busy month with thirteen VBS reviews, cost break-downs, side-by-side comparison chart and VBS posts . . . so what could be a better way to end a month focused on VBS than with VBS give-aways?!! I've already announced two of these give-aways; a free VBS down-load from NextGen4Christ and …

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Added by Lynda Freeman on January 29, 2013 at 7:08am — No Comments

Mary Rice Hopkins Songs By Themes

For your convenience, CLICK HERE for a listing of all my songs by…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on January 28, 2013 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Teaching About Decision-Making, Part I

Why Teach Children About Decision-Making?

Adults often view themselves as the persons with the right knowledge and correct answers to give to uninformed children. As a teacher, you may think that it’s easier and quicker to tell children what to do and how to think than to teach children how to make decisions for themselves.…

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Added by Donna Lucas on January 28, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Relationships Transform Lives

Relationships Transform Lives

When we adults are focused on the details of getting through a class session, it can be easy to forget that no matter how good our activities or how important our point, nothing transforms a life more effectively than building a relationship. In fact, relationship is the very reason Christ died and rose—that we might live in relationship, first with…

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Added by Donna Lucas on January 28, 2013 at 2:34pm — No Comments

A Child’s View of the World

 A Child's View of the World

Each generation faces its own unique challenges. Children today are growing up in a world different from the environment their parents knew. Yet children still process information and deal with life in predictably childlike ways. Understanding how a child sees the world today will help us meet the child’s needs.…

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Added by Donna Lucas on January 28, 2013 at 2:15pm — No Comments

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