February 2017 Blog Posts (27)

Sticky-Note Bible Tools


My eight-year old grandson recently made the choice to start reading his Bible – this made me so happy! So, I decided to get him some of those narrow  strip sticky notes. I gave them to him and told him to use them when he reads something he does not understand to mark where it is. Then, when he is home,…

Added by Lynda Freeman on February 28, 2017 at 10:49am — No Comments

"Stick" With God!


Yesterday, when our grandsons were at our house, we did a simple and fun science project. Each boy received a balloon – this insured the success of the project as they each were very happy to have their own balloon! We had the boys rub their balloons on the floor or their hair and then hold them a little above their hair…

Added by Lynda Freeman on February 26, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

Start Planning a Year of Volunteer Appreciation


I believe in being thankful – you likely do as well. I believe in being intentional when it comes to expressing my thankfulness . . . especially when it comes to Children’s Ministry; let me explain why . . .
·         I believe it is Biblical to be…

Added by Lynda Freeman on February 24, 2017 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Safety Alert - Phones Are Pretty Much Everywhere


When it comes to Children’s Ministry, there are so many things to think about, but one essential, absolutely important thing we must keep in mind, is the safety of the children in our ministry. This means we are resolute about running safety checks, background checks and following…

Added by Lynda Freeman on February 22, 2017 at 12:43pm — No Comments

If We Build It, They Will Come . . .


I saw an interesting – rather amazing – photo on facebook . . . (This is the turnoff from Banff to the Trans-Canada Highway. Many stretches of this highway run through wilderness areas and they found vehicle/animal collisions increased, so they built “animal crossings” – areas with one-way…

Added by Lynda Freeman on February 21, 2017 at 1:21pm — No Comments

New day in ministry with a virtual assistant

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Added by Todd McKeever on February 20, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments

"Hole in the Sky" - Song to Help Children Who Are Grieving

Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on February 17, 2017 at 1:57pm — No Comments

VBS 2017 - Barnyard Roundup is Available Again This Year!


Recently Concordia Publishing House let me know they are making their VBS from last year, Barnyard Roundup,available again this yearLast year it came in my top three VBS resources, so I'm very happy to share with you my review from last…


Added by Lynda Freeman on February 17, 2017 at 8:40am — No Comments

Sick Policy Posters | Freebie Friday

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I don’t know about everyone else, but it seems like there hasn’t really been a reprieve on the sicknesses for the past couple years.  The germs just keep getting passed year round.  So I thought I would share a couple poster options.  Hope this helps keep your ministry…


Added by Shannan Volters on February 17, 2017 at 7:36am — No Comments

Help Your Grandchildren Love God's Word with the NIV Investigator's Holy Bible - I'm Giving One Away!


As you have likely gathered from reading just a few of the posts on grandma’s cookie jar, it matters very much to me to be intentional about passing on a heritage of faith to my grandchildren. What will anything else I might do or gain in life matter if my grandchildren do not grow to…


Added by Lynda Freeman on February 16, 2017 at 9:05am — No Comments

Are You Empowering Your Volunteers? Here's a Quick Test to Tell

As ministry leaders, our job is to empower volunteers to do the work of the ministry.  Ephesians 4 is clear about this.

"Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the…


Added by Dale Hudson on February 15, 2017 at 8:19am — No Comments

2017 VBS Side-by-Side Comparison Chart


I am very happy today to make my 2017 VBS Side-by-Side Comparison Chart available for you to use as you determine which VBS resources you will use in your ministry over the coming year. As you use this chart, please keep the following information in mind . . . 

Added by Lynda Freeman on February 14, 2017 at 10:49am — No Comments

Volunteer Handbook | Freebie Friday

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Today I wanted to share our volunteer Handbook.  I’ve been adding and tweaking it as I went through all my ministries.  Here’s the basic structure of the handbook:

  1. Church Vision
  2. Ministry Vision
  3. Church volunteer expectations
  4. Ministry expectations
  5. Interacting with kids
  6. safety and…

Added by Shannan Volters on February 11, 2017 at 3:59pm — No Comments

The Power of Our Words


On my other blog - grandma's cookie jar - I shared how last night my grandson Caleb gave me a hug, I smiled and said; "I sure do love you! You make my heart so happy!" Then he got the biggest smile ever…

Added by Lynda Freeman on February 11, 2017 at 10:15am — No Comments

Chrome Extensions | 5 on Friday

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Added by Shannan Volters on February 10, 2017 at 5:26pm — No Comments

2017 Top Pick in VBS - Operation Arctic from Answers in Genesis


Yes, this year my Top Pick for VBS is Answers in Genesis' Operation Arctic! If you have not already taken a close look at this excellent resource, please be sure to do so! You will find my full review at this link, but the reasons it is my top pick are . . .

Added by Lynda Freeman on February 10, 2017 at 11:17am — No Comments

VBS 2017 - Camp Out from Group Publishing


Today, while I still have two more kits I'm waiting for to complete this year's review, I'm happy to share one more VBS resource with you; Group's Weekend VBS . . . Camp Out! With this resource you get to provide an opportunity for the…


Added by Lynda Freeman on February 9, 2017 at 9:40am — No Comments

Your Children's Ministry's Greatest Supporters


Yes, I originally posted this a few months ago, but with the focus upon choosing your VBS and lining up your plans for your Summer Children's Ministry, I wanted to remind you of this group of people who could be - and very possibly will be - your greatest…


Added by Lynda Freeman on February 8, 2017 at 9:06am — No Comments

The Truth about your capacity

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Added by Todd McKeever on February 8, 2017 at 9:02am — No Comments

Want to Encourage Your Volnteers? Here's an Easy Way

If you want volunteers to go the distance with you, then you've got to consistently encourage them.  I think the following quote is so true.

“Be an encourager: When you encourage others, you…


Added by Dale Hudson on February 8, 2017 at 8:13am — No Comments

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