August 2016 Blog Posts (62)

Walls of Jericho Bible Story Snack Activity

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on August 31, 2016 at 8:39am — No Comments

Ask the Honest Questions . . . Do You Really Have a Culture of Friendship?

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Yesterday I said while we may not stop and think about helping the children in our Children's Ministries build and make friends, it is something we must do. I shared several reasons why it is important for us to have a "culture of friendship" in our ministries and…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 31, 2016 at 7:45am — No Comments

One More Essential Thing to Do . . . Build The "Culture"!

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When it comes to Children's Ministry there are several things we know we need to do . . . provide effective Sunday and mid-week ministries, recruit excellent volunteers, do all we can possibly do to make our ministries safe, build a strong prayer support team, connect with…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 30, 2016 at 9:19am — No Comments

Fall Festival Game: "Sticker Tag"

Sticker tag is a great game to play at your Fall Festival because it gets all children (and parents if you wish) involved! The game is not only loads of fun but serves as an awesome ice-breaker.

Each player gets a sheet of stickers (any kind!). The children try to stick the stickers on their friends without getting any stickers on themselves. At the end, those with the fewest stickers are the winners!

Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on August 29, 2016 at 8:59am — No Comments

Provide Those Resources . . . & Maybe Win a Couple . . .

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One of the important things we do as people who serve families is to provide resources parents and grandparents may use at home with the children they love. We want parents and grandparents to focus upon passing on a heritage of faith to their…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 29, 2016 at 7:49am — No Comments

"A Wise Teacher Makes Learning A Joy"

Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on August 28, 2016 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Direction Signs . . .

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Learn how to build stronger families and in so doing a stronger Children's Ministry by attending the Legacy Grandparenting Summit! You'll hear from Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell, Jay Kessler, John Trent, Gary Chapman, Tim Kimmel, Michelle Anthony, Larry Fowler, Wayne Rice and so many…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 28, 2016 at 7:29am — No Comments

God Designed it This Way!

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While there is certainly no shortage of reasons why it makes sense for pastors and church leaders to be strong supporters of Grandparenting Ministry in their churches, one reason to do so is when you have grandparents who are focused upon passing on a heritage of faith, you will have…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 27, 2016 at 8:18am — No Comments

Passing on a Heritage of Faith to Your Grandchildren

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I am part of the Legacy Coalition - I'm one of their senior writers/editors, so I was asked to write an article for the Legacy Coalition which was going to be published on FamilyLife's website. The article posted yesterday, so today I'm honored to share it with you - you'll…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 26, 2016 at 9:24am — No Comments

Make a Real and Lasting Difference in Your Children's Ministry

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absolutely am convinced if we in the church focused on engaging, equipping and encouraging grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith, we would see the impact on the children and families in our…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 25, 2016 at 8:49am — No Comments

Engage the Family - All of Them!

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If you are serving in the Children's Ministry in your church, it is obvious you are working with children. However; children are not the only people we work with. We also have to work with the family if we are going to be effective.

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 24, 2016 at 8:05am — No Comments

Back to school and Back to blogging

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Added by Todd McKeever on August 23, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments

Remind | Tech Tuesday

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Added by Shannan Volters on August 23, 2016 at 8:36am — No Comments

Take Time to Be Thankful . . . Say & Show It!

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Yes, when it comes to Children's Ministry there are many things we pray about, many things we ask of others and many things we receive; all of which we can be thankful, but how often do we take time to express our thankfulness? While it is important for our ministries to be…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 23, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Children's Ministry



We want our ministries to be effective, don't we?  But how do we measure effectiveness?  Here are some practical ways.  These are not blanket statements and there are lots of factors involved like what part of the country you live in, how densely populated your area is and the…

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Added by Dale Hudson on August 22, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Crap in the Ark

Guess what?  There was crap in the ark.  You don't have a boatload of animals and people without having some crap.  I'm sure there was not only crap, but leaks, splinters and unpleasant things as well.



Here's the deal, even though the ark wasn't perfect, the mission it…

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Added by Dale Hudson on August 22, 2016 at 10:29am — No Comments

Take Time to Find . . . New Volunteers!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/08/take-time-to-find-new-volunteers.html

Recruiting. A word which often "chills" Children's Ministry directors to their core! It can seem like a never-ending task and can lead to much stress, as well as to a high turn-over in Children's Ministry leaders/directors/pastors. 



It is a fact of…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 22, 2016 at 9:12am — No Comments

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