November 2011 Blog Posts (250)

Kids' Bedtime Radio Show - Nite Lite 11/30/11 "Basket Final Episode!, The Pond - 'Opinionated Day', 2 Kings - 'Three Choices'"

 

 

It is the very last episode of the “The Basket of Flowers” tonight, and it finally feels like the sun has come out to shine on Mary once again. Then in the Pond, Methuselah invites everyone to visit his old church, but they’re too afraid to go! After that, Elisha has three choices to make.…

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Added by Nathan Anderson on November 30, 2011 at 10:06pm — No Comments

{thank you} isn't enough for raving fans

last week i received a super nice note from a kidmin pastor who i had recently completed consulting work for. the words were so encouraging and generous that i re-read the note at least a million times. the words meant the absolute world to me. i replied to the note, thanking the pastor repeatedly for the kind gesture. and then, i took action!

because i’ve noticed that simply thanking …

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Added by Amy Dolan on November 30, 2011 at 1:24pm — 2 Comments

3 Tricks to Juggling

Juggling is an art.  And it’s fascinating to watch.

My role in ministry is a constant juggle.  There are always projects, special events, team building, volunteer recruiting, personnel conversations,  refining conversations, encouraging conversations, “I’m frustrated!” conversations, etc, etc,etc.  The plate is always full.

Should it always be this way?  Great question.  This is…

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Added by Gina McClain on November 30, 2011 at 9:02am — No Comments

Kidmin1124 - "Top 5 Reasons for Focusing Kids on Giving at Christmas!"

Please check out my newest post on Kidmin1124 . . . Top 5 Reasons for Focusing Kids on Giving at Christmas! Along with seeing my Top 5 Reasons, you'll find three ideas for ways to involve your kids in giving to others this Christmas . . .

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on November 30, 2011 at 8:47am — No Comments

Helping Kids With the Anger of Divorce

Welcome back to our series on dealing with the emotions of divorce.  One of the most cited emotional impacts of divorce on kids is anger.  They get angry with their parents.  They get angry that they were not consulted during the process.  They get angry about living in two houses.  They get angry about financial changes.  They get angry about having to change schools and move houses and on and on and on.  There are lots of things to be angry about.

The single most important thing you…

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Added by Wayne Stocks on November 30, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Christmas Angel Just For You

 

*** Congrats to Mary for winning the Christmas Angel!!! 

I have some great friends that my husband and I have known for a long time that I am just super proud of.  They have created an awesome Christmas resource for families. Have you seen the Christmas Angel?  It is…

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Added by Jenny Funderburke on November 29, 2011 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Make It Happen Video series by Hardy Group

I have run across a nice video series developed by Dick Hardy of The Hardy Group. There are some incredible nuggets throughout all of these video series where you can check them out…

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Added by Todd McKeever on November 29, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments

2011 Christmas Carol Advent

2011 Christmas Carol Advent

 

A couple of years back, I created a Christmas Carol Advent to count down the days until Christmas in song.  In that advent, I concentrated primarily (though not exclusively) on more traditional Christmas music.  This year, I thought I would update things a little bit and…

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Added by Wayne Stocks on November 29, 2011 at 4:21pm — No Comments

2011 Christmas Carol Advent

A couple of years back, I created a Christmas Carol Advent to count down the days until Christmas in song.  In that advent, I concentrated primarily (though not exclusively) on more traditional Christmas music.  This year, I thought I would update things a little bit and concentrate primarily on more contemporary songs.  There is some overlap.  I haven’t counted exactly, but I think…

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Added by Wayne Stocks on November 29, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Kids, the iPad and Swipe Drills. How will the electronic bible change things?

The day is coming soon when many of our kids will have their Bible in electronic form. For years in children’s ministry and continuing today much stock has been put into training our kids to be able to quickly locate scriptures. Perhaps you have run “Sword Drills” and handed out mass amounts of candy rewards. How many kids in your ministry have maybe felt inadequate or embarrassed about their ability to keep pace with their peer’s incredible lightning fast page shuffling skills? Now that…

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Added by Craig Wilson on November 29, 2011 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

Christmas Idea #2 for Children's Ministry

This week I am sharing Christmas ideas for Children's Ministry.  Idea #2 is a Jesus' birthday offering. 
It's normal for a child to be focused on what he or she is "getting" for Christmas.  As a child, I remember my "wish list" consumed many of my thoughts about Christmas.
But what if we turned children's primary focus from what they are "getting" for…
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Added by Dale Hudson on November 29, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Keeping the Christmas Focus

We’re entering that time of year where the celebration of Christmas takes center stage.  Though people celebrate a variety of ways, the only way I know to do it right is to keep Christ the focus.  A tough task a midst shopping lists, office parties and travel plans.

This year the McClain family is using a devotional written by our friend, Alan Danielson.  He released the eBook,…

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Added by Gina McClain on November 29, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments

Free Snowy Lesson!

Okay . . . I live in Michigan and we are supposed to get some snow today . . . we typically have no shortage of snow. I've never been a big "fan" of the cold, white stuff, but since winter is upon us, I'm posting a free short object lesson you could use with the children in your ministry!

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on November 29, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

Inclusion Fusion 2012...and more

I’d promised to follow up with all of you about our plans following Inclusion Fusion 2011, and to invite your input and suggestions. Here’s where we stand:…

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Added by Key Ministry on November 29, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

I Forgive You

Brothers I love it when a lesson sticks.

For the past quarter we’ve been teaching the Peacemaker series in our children’s church and I’ve been seeing some payoff at home.

As brothers do, my sons got in a fight and the older one hit the younger one. I wasn’t privy to that part of the fight but I did over hear them working through the…

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Added by Jesse Smith on November 29, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

Strategies For Getting Parents Involved In Discipleship

I'm not one to reinvent the wheel...especially when others have already discovered successful ways for getting results!  Yesterday, our children's pastor asked us to develop a list of ideas of ways to engage parents in becoming more active in their child's spiritual development throughout the week.  I can't think of a better group of people to ask than those of you here at CMconnect:

What are some strategies that you have found to be successful in motivating parents to…

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Added by Michael Woods on November 29, 2011 at 7:27am — No Comments

Lessons from the News – What happens when it is time to move on…

I was reading a local news story this morning and the correlation to ministry was overwhelming. The story talks about a local volunteer fire company that has had volunteers baking pies as a fundraiser for about the last 50 years and next month, this tradition will end. Why is the tradition ending? Simply because no one else has come in to learn and continue the tradition. The same men have been doing it for years…

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Added by Bill Gunter, AKA Commander Bill on November 29, 2011 at 7:10am — No Comments

Christmas Idea #1 for Children's Ministry

Each day this week I'll be posting a Christmas Idea for Children's Ministry.  Here is Idea #1. Help families discover a more meaningful, Christ-centered Christmas season by providing them with an Advent Calendar.  An Advent Calendar can be a great…
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Added by Dale Hudson on November 28, 2011 at 11:13pm — No Comments

Kids' Bedtime Radio Show - Nite Lite 11/28/11 "Basket Pt 10, Supernatural Fingerprints, 2 Kings - Snoot and Fire"

 

 

Tonight in the “The Basket of Flowers,” Amelia makes am amazing discovery in the lightning-struck pear tree. Then in Supernatural Fingerprints, we’re exploring a boingy kind of creature. After that, some of King Ahaziah’s snooty captains get more than they bargain for.

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Added by Nathan Anderson on November 28, 2011 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Winner of Why Do We Call it Christmas?

*** UPDATE:  So apparently Angie has much favor of God on her.  She won on this blog AND on Anthony Prince’s blog.  We will give this copy to our second runner up – Frank Tan!  Congrats Frank!

Congratulations to Angie Whitehall for winning What’s in the Bible’s new Christmas…

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Added by Jenny Funderburke on November 28, 2011 at 8:27pm — No Comments

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