December 2013 Blog Posts (139)

A different perspective on New Year's Resolutions

As many prepare their New Year's resolutions, check out THIS VIDEO my friends made. Warning - this video is about way more than making resolutions. Do you make resolutions each year? Or do you talk about them in…

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Added by Kim Botto on December 31, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Reasons why ministering to hurting children is the richest job on the planet

or those of us that work with hurting children, another year has come to pass and hopefully we have made a difference.

Those of us that have the honor of ministering to hurting children have richest job on the planet.

We get the pleasure of ministering to the innocent children that have an innate desire to love the Lord.

“I love Jesus with my whole heart, all of it.”  She says as she is drawing a picture of a heart.

We get to spend…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on December 31, 2013 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Coming up…

I’ve never been much on New year’s resolutions but the beginning of a new year is a natural time for change. As we head into the new year, some family events have helped me reflect further on the thoughts I’m leaving here and the legacy I want to leave with my boys.

Coffee With Dad began as 2010 came to a close. I was putting the finishing touches on my senior project for…

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Added by Jesse Smith on December 31, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

Begin 2014 with a Few Questions and a Prayer!

Today is the last day of 2013 and of course, this means 2014 begins  tomorrow. As you think about the end of 2013 ask yourself the following questions . . . 

  • What did I try in 2013 which engaged children and families?
  • What did I try in 2013 which did not work…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 31, 2013 at 8:59am — No Comments

ROBOT WALK - Bible Verse Memorization Activity

Children walk around the room like robots.When the teacher calls “freeze”, students hold their position and quote the verse together in a robot…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on December 30, 2013 at 5:13pm — No Comments

A Look Back at VBS 2013 . . .

Next week my 2014 VBS reviews begin, but before you start evaluating the 2014 resources, take a moment to stop and think about your 2013 VBS. Ask yourself the following questions . . . 

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2013/12/a-look-back-at-vbs-2013.html

Added by Lynda Freeman on December 30, 2013 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

Top Posts for 2013 - The Dr. Seuss Quote for Today - Be Who You Are and Say What You Mean . . .

I am surprised the following post which is one of my most read post of the last year, but it is, so, I'm happy to re-post it again for you today!



"The Dr. Seuss Quote for today is"Be who you are and say what you mean. Because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind!" There are things which are true about this saying, but there are also things which are not true. First the…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 30, 2013 at 8:28am — No Comments

SAFE IN THE FOLD - Parable of the Lost Sheep Bible Story

When telling stories to boys and girls, you don’t want to use the same method each week.  For a change of pace, use a book with fun art work such as this one — Safe in the Fold – which tells the Biblical parable of The Lost Sheep.  Kids lean how safe they are with…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on December 30, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Helping Children Relate to One Another

78160409 All human beings have a God-given desire to be a meaningful part of their community. Many disabilities hinder this desire, causing great heartache. When nondisabled children are taught how to befriend their classmates with disabilities, everyone finds out what being blessed by our unique differences means.

Breaking Down Barriers

Some children first react to friends who are…

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Added by Donna Lucas on December 30, 2013 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Give Your Pastor The Gift of A Week Renewal

During 2014, why not give your pastor the gift of a week's renewal at Genesee Home Retreat Center.

Click HERE for more…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on December 29, 2013 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Top Posts for 2013 - Special Short Story by Steve Estes: Coleen's Story

Today I'm sharing another of my Top Posts for 2013 with this special post which included a short story from Steve Estes which you will only find here on About the Children's Department . . . Enjoy!…



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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 29, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments

Top Posts for 2013 . . . Do You Know the Pilot is NECESSARY?

As we near the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, I want to take a moment to look at my Top Posts for 2013. The third most read post for 2013 was one where I shared something cute my grandson Josiah had to say about pilots! I'm re-posting it here for you to see today . . . just in case you didn't happen to see it!



While many…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 28, 2013 at 8:46am — No Comments

New Year's Parable Praise Party

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on December 28, 2013 at 7:39am — No Comments

Murdered Single Mom

On Christmas Eve at about 6:00 p.m. a seventeen year-old young man murdered his single mom in the Florida community where I live. They had been having an altercation and at some point in time the young man grabbed a baseball bat and beat his mom and stabbed her numerous times with kitchen knives.

From all accounts the young man appeared to be a good kid and had not shown any previous signs of aggression. The baseball coach said the kid had a bright future and spoke well of the young…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on December 27, 2013 at 5:39pm — No Comments

God's Love Is More Than We Can Measure - Valentine's Day Lesson

Click HERE for lesson, "God's Love is More Than We Can…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on December 27, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Why People Mistrust You as a Children's Ministry Leader (and how to change it)























Fewer people trust you as a ministry leader.  But don't take it personal.  You're not alone.



A recent Gallup poll says Americans'…

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Added by Dale Hudson on December 27, 2013 at 12:31pm — No Comments

3 Questions Every New (and veteran) Children's Leader Should Ask

























As a new leader, you feel the pressure to succeed.  So you may be tempted to come roaring in with all the answers.  After all, you need…

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Added by Dale Hudson on December 27, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

VBS - Recruiting Joy!

I've been writing about recruiting for VBS with a focus on "view-finder", "perspective" and "creativity"; today I want to talk about recruiting with a focus on joy! This is the one essential thing to keep in mind whenever you think about recruiting for anything as joy is the most important thing! Consider the following . . . …

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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 27, 2013 at 10:27am — No Comments

The power of a 5 minute list

to do list 300x200 The power of a 5 minute list

I have always believed in making list, and I enjoy being as productive as I can be. So why has it taken me so long to learn the power in combining these two joys into my slow time, I have no idea.

I know myself really well and know that when it gets to be around 1:30-3:30pm I begin…

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Added by Todd McKeever on December 27, 2013 at 9:46am — No Comments

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