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Kids movies

I was reading a blog this morning by a friend of mine named Henry Z. at his blog titled: Elemental Children's Ministry. He had a link to a list of movies titled Kids top 100 films. I thought it was cool enough to pass on just as Henry passed it on.

Once yo check the list out if you like it jump on… Continue

Added by Todd McKeever on June 27, 2008 at 6:55am — No Comments

Bringing Parents into the service...

I was at a conference back in April and I met a children's pastor who spoke on families being involved in the children's ministries. I have a huge turnout of parents who help out on a weekly basis. While in my office I came to this thought. Why don't I run a service for parents and children at the same time. Since we only have one service this right now couldn't happen all of the time, but we could start this every 5th Sunday of the month. My heart as of lately has been that parents disciple… Continue

Added by Greg Ferguson on June 27, 2008 at 2:47am — No Comments


Well, we just finished our 3rd viewing of "Cars" today. My son just loves that movie!! I have never seen a 1.5 year old watch a movie start to finish the way he does.

If he is fussy, just turn it on an it's like a magic wand.

I am ready for a new movie, suggestions… Continue

Added by Teri Bennett on June 26, 2008 at 9:22pm — 2 Comments

Firefox 3

I just downloaded the new Firefox 3 and am I loving it. There are some really cool app's as well that I am looking into. One is the "clip" app. This allows you to clip a section, a phrase from an article, a picture, video and more and post it to your blog, a document and more. The other one I am interested i i called, "PicLens", which really make viewing pictures and all a more interactive experience. And lastly I am looking at "Foxmarks"… Continue

Added by Todd McKeever on June 26, 2008 at 9:03am — 5 Comments

Just what I need :o)

Just what I need.... another blog... I will have to think of a unique purpose for this. Any ideas?

Added by Karl Bastian on June 26, 2008 at 12:25am — No Comments

Digital Chrisitans

People within the Christian community are just as immersed in digital technologies and social networks as those outside. Both evangelicals and born-agains emerged as statistically on-par with national norms when it comes to technological habits. The one exception is access to spiritual content via podcasting. A new Barna Group study finds 38% of evangelicals and 31% of other born-agains listened to a sermon or church teaching via a podcast vs.… Continue

Added by Todd McKeever on June 25, 2008 at 9:49am — 3 Comments

The movers have arrived

Today was the day we got our stuff from the movers. Yes we have been here in Arkansas for almost a week and have been living out of of a motel until today. My wife is so happy since our stuff is here and the kids are too as now they can ride thier bikes and scooters. I am excited because now I have my Starbucks coffee.

Added by Todd McKeever on June 25, 2008 at 7:23am — 2 Comments

Thank You Volunteers!

I posted this to my blog at It got some incredible response from readers. Just a little way that I could thank my volunteers for everything they do to make it happen each week here! I thought you might want to take a look and share something similar with your volunteers. It was amazing what it did to encourage mine...Enjoy...

Today I want to share my heart with you who volunteer in Northwood’s ministry to children.

I want to thank our… Continue

Added by David Pearson on June 24, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

VBS--Day 3

Day 2...already having to hold boundaries with the youth that are serving, adults serving, etc. Sigh!

It'd be much easier if everyone just did what they were trained/told to do :o)

God is blessing us with a lot of kids. One mom just called to tell me how much her kids are enjoying vbs.

It's such a priviledge, but also a burden. Am I leading this right? Am I making good decisions? How do I facilitate spiritual growth and development? Will this be successful? How do I measure… Continue

Added by Joni Lum on June 24, 2008 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Home Again

It's amazing how children change your life. We have a 1.5 year old son, Kenton, who just returned from a trip with his gammaw and patpaw. They went to TN for 4 days. Boy, our life was drastically different.

We were able to get our house cleaner than it had been in the last 2 years. We had people over for the first time in a long time. We were able to just relax and not worry about how many wipes were in the diaper bag.

The best part of… Continue

Added by Teri Bennett on June 24, 2008 at 10:07am — No Comments

Another week, another breath...

I guess I'm still pinching myself to see if I'm really here, or going to wake up back in Versailles, doing a job that seems less than significant. I exhale, releasing the relief of the reality and the release of last weekend's stress. So much time and so little to do...wait! Strike that! Reverse it. What is overwhelming is not so much the workload, but the jobs that are completely out of my element. I'm taking over two ladies' jobs this week who are going to be gone and they involve detail,… Continue

Added by Adam Bengston on June 23, 2008 at 1:24pm — 2 Comments

the black hole

This is a post I put up on my blog ( a while back and I thought I would share it on here and see what you guys thought! :) Enjoy...


Over the years, there is one thing I have noticed about the CM ministry…very few want to volunteer in it!

I don’t mean that this is the case at any… Continue

Added by Pudge on June 22, 2008 at 12:24pm — 3 Comments

VBS 2008 Cactus Canyon

WAHOOOOOOOOO! VBS was a SMASHING success! By the numbers and behind the scenes, this year will go down as one of the most memorable. While it might not have been the MOST KIDS or something like that, it was certainly THE best executed VBS I've ever run, if I can say that w/o bragging...

We had over 150 volunteers, 220 Avg attendance & 7700 cans donated to our food… Continue

Added by Chris Tanner on June 20, 2008 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Ready or's camp!

Well, we are three days and counting until my preteen camp session blasts into 2008. Camp is one of the hardest, funnest, exciting, exhausting, thrilling, most stressful things that I do each year. Ah camp.

Camp was God's tool 15 years ago to break my heart and move me from dreams of making lots of money and retiring young to devoting my life to helping hurting kids by sharing God's love. You see, like so many others, God decided that subtle hints wouldn't work with me, so he put me… Continue

Added by Greg Stanford on June 20, 2008 at 2:08am — No Comments

For my single friends or your single friends


So, I'm reading this book, How to Get a Date Worth Keeping, by Dr. Henry Cloud, the guy who wrote the Boundries book. It is really requires a paradigm shift in my thinking. I, like many people I know who are still single, have been sitting back and waiting for the Lord to bring someone to me. Knowing that He was able and because I've been taught to trust on the Lord, I've done nothing or practically nothing to help my situation. (You could almost say I kissed dating… Continue

Added by Heather Scott on June 17, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Craft Web Site

Hey, Everyone...
Don't know if you've ever seen this site, but it has alot of stuff and is really easy to use:

Check it out
Diane :-)

Added by Diane Mansfield on June 17, 2008 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment


I often surf blogs of people I don't know just to hear thoughts and read rants of people unknown to me. Today I was on a blog and a 7 word sentence caught my eye and I can't shake it so I thought I would share it!


It's easy for me to love my friends that I chose, It's easy for me to love my family and my husband. But why is it so hard to love the people that God entrusted me with? Why can it be so hard to invite a "stranger"… Continue

Added by Erin Fenelon on June 17, 2008 at 10:31am — 3 Comments


I love to learn more about leadership and how to become a good leader and what defines a good leader. I enjoy going to the Leadership Summit each year that willow creek puts together. I feel like I grow by leaps and bounds during that conference. I also feel my most confused at that conference. I love the concept of leadership but wonder at times if I really am one. I guess that is where I have to put my trust in God to raise me up to what he desires for me to be. At the last conference I took… Continue

Added by Erin Fenelon on June 13, 2008 at 12:44am — 7 Comments

Transparency and the Draining Effect

Basically John said he was totally drained today.

I was in the same place yesterday, in fact I know most if not all of our Management Team felt the same way.

June 11 will be a day remembered for a long time amongst us staff folks at our church.

8:30 am: Lead Pastor, Executive, Worship, Nursery/preschool, Student, Small Group and me Children's pastor (Management Team) all together, one room, to work through the first layer of the pyramid from the book,… Continue

Added by Wayne Geer on June 13, 2008 at 12:36am — 2 Comments

Connecting to Children

The mission statement for the Elementary Ministry at Southeast Christian Church is “connecting kids to Jesus and one another.” Everything we do is filtered through this mission. As soon as the children enter our wing, we are striving to build a relationship, to help foster new friendships, and to connect them to Jesus. Our mission statement is tied into everything we do; it is our DNA.

To translate this mission and make it come to life, we have to help our volunteers develop… Continue

Added by Michael Chanley on June 12, 2008 at 8:20pm — 3 Comments

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