November 2013 Blog Posts (117)

Free Printable Christmas Story Puzzle - Luke 2:1-20

Click HERE for free printable Christmas Story puzzle based on Luke…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on November 30, 2013 at 6:08pm — 1 Comment

Countdown-to-Christmas - The Christmas Project - I'm Giving One Away!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I greatly enjoyed celebrating with my family and keeping my three grandsons for a sleep-over! Yesterday was busy and filled with joy!



So, today, I am very happy to start my "Countdown-to-Christmas" where each day I'm delighted to share with you a Christmas song I enjoy! Today, I'm sharing a song from the new release - The Christmas Project from former…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on November 30, 2013 at 10:11am — No Comments

The 5 Best Colors to Use in Your Children's Ministry





















Imagine a children's environment that draws kids to your ministry.



No matter your budget size, there is one thing you can do that will get…

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Added by Dale Hudson on November 30, 2013 at 9:15am — No Comments

Right or Not Right? Bible Verse Memorization Review Activity

Divide the children into pairs.…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on November 29, 2013 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Thankful or "Wantful"?

Yesterday was Thanksgiving and today people are rushing to the stores for the "Black Friday Deals". People have turned their focus to the things they "want" . . . and this includes the children in our ministries as they think about the things they want to receive for Christmas. 



It seems like there is so little focus given to being thankful and while we might be quick to encourage children and families to take time to be truly thakful…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on November 29, 2013 at 7:31am — No Comments

A Thanksgiving Tradition You Can Share with Families in Your Ministry



















Here's an awesome Thanksgiving tradition you can share with your family and the families in your ministry.  Happy…

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Added by Dale Hudson on November 28, 2013 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Do You Get Defensive? Here's How to Stop



























How often is this repeated in your life?



A parent comes to you with a complaint and you respond in anger.



A…

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Added by Dale Hudson on November 28, 2013 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Be Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving! As we turn our focus to being thankful, I want to take a moment to encourage us all to be intentional about being thankful all year . . . not just in November. I've been talking with my grandsons about being thankful people. I tell them we love to be people who are thankful and encourage them to look for reasons to be thankful to others and to God. If the habit - or "mind-set" of being thankful is one which is encouraged and celebrated from the youngest…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on November 28, 2013 at 8:48am — No Comments

My Thanksgiving Gift to You Save 10% Nov. 29, 2013!

My Thanksgiving gift to you: Save 10% on all items Friday, Nov. 29! 

Gifts which can change lives:  CD's, DVD's, books!

Once you have visit the web store, select your items, apply the coupon code or call 818.790.5805 to place your order. 

A 10% discount applies to your entire purchase. 

Use coupon code…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on November 28, 2013 at 8:28am — No Comments

Thankful for Special Needs Ministry (and $5 off Special Needs Ministry Book)

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Yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw this picture and status:

"This little turkey came home from school today.  As I pulled it out of my son's backpack, my heart overflowed with joy.  I am so thankful for our church's Hearts & Hands Ministry and for many who show the love of Jesus to our son each Sunday."

I caught myself fighting back tears.…

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Added by Amy Fenton Lee on November 27, 2013 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Having a Successful Children’s Ministry, is it really as hard as we make it?

Certificate 276x300 Having a Successful Childrens Ministry, is it really as hard as we make it?

I have enjoyed all the years (20+ full-time years) that God has allowed me to be a children’s pastor. In that time I have read numerous books, seeing that I read an average of 2-3 books a week, attended many conferences, attended more seminars than I could recount and the list goes on of…

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Added by Todd McKeever on November 27, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments

Your Thanksgiving Inventory . . .

Thanksgiving is tomorrow . . . so today, this post about being thankful is for you and is for fun! Are we truly thankful people? Do we get so "caught up" in the business of life we don't spend time "taking inventory" of all  God's many, many blessings in our lives?  Take a moment to watch this skit about "Your Thanksgiving Inventory" from the skitguys - it is sure to bring a smile to…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on November 27, 2013 at 9:16am — No Comments

Sunday Morning Strategies – Empathy vs. Pity

image Welcome back as we continue our “Sunday Morning Strategies” series designed to help you to accommodate children from disrupted homes in your Sunday morning children’s ministry. This week we are looking at a simple thing that you can do that doesn’t require any additional volunteers or committee approval or an overhaul of the way you “do church.” This week we are looking at the difference between…

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Added by Wayne Stocks on November 27, 2013 at 8:03am — 4 Comments

Advent Devotions and Team Work

Last week, my friend Matt was looking for an Advent devotion for families and had a very difficult time locating anything. Rather than throw in the towel and make it up, he turned to some fellow children and family ministers and the bunch of us took on the challenge of creating an advent devotion in 7 days.

But we weren’t going to be satisfied with just turning out something…

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Added by Jesse Smith on November 26, 2013 at 6:27pm — 1 Comment

The Best Way to Grow Your Children's Ministry





















I'm guessing you want your children's ministry to grow.



You want to reach the…

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Added by Dale Hudson on November 26, 2013 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Changing family structures: how they affect your church’s Christmas celebrations

♫♫ “Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat

Please put a penny in the old man’s hat

If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,

If you haven’t got a ha’penny then God bless you” ♫♫

This was once a popular Christmas song. It was comprised in the nineteenth century by an unknown author. It was a song many of us grew up singing. Our Christmas music has changed a lot in the last few years. Songs that many of us sang so boastfully don’t seem to make much…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on November 26, 2013 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Online Advent Experience

We’d like to invite you to share this Advent Experience with your church or even social media outlets. We want families, not just here at Crossroads, but everywhere to celebrate the good news of Jesus’ birth together. If you’re interested, preview Day 1 (December 1) by visiting…

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Added by Kim Botto on November 26, 2013 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Place Mats Bible Verse Activity

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on November 26, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments

"Match It" - Bible Verse Memorization Game

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on November 26, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

Surf's Up - KidzMatter.com!

If you have not already discovered KidzMatter.com, I'm delighted to let you know about this excellent resource! KidzMatter is here it make an eternal impact and says,"KidzMatter partners with those who minister to kids and families in the church to make an eternal impact in the lives of those kids and families. We’re here to help you. We don’t care if you have been in the ministry for 50 years or 5 minutes. We have the tools and the…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on November 26, 2013 at 8:35am — No Comments

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