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I’m Thankful For . . . God’s Word!!!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for the past couple weeks I’ve been posting about some of the things I’m thankful for . . . God’s Grace, my family and today I want to share another thing I’m thankful for . . .  God’s Word! Stop and think about it for a minute. God loved us enough to give us His Word so we can know Him and love Him back! This is beyond amazing!

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on November 11, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Thanksgiving . . . I’m Thankful for . . . My Family!

Last week I  posted the first thing I’m thankful for is God’s grace! As I said, God’s grace “is so utterly undeserved and so lavishly given . . . which makes it truly amazing! When I think of God’s grace there is nothing else for me to feel than complete thankfulness.” If God’s grace was the only good thing in my life it would be enough to leave me a forever thankful person!

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on November 4, 2012 at 7:28am — No Comments

Go Fish The Gift of Advent . . . Watch for My Review and Give-Away!

On Monday, October 22, 2012, I'm reviewing the new Go Fish Christmas curriculum resource, the Gift of Advent! This four session resource is completely reproducible, will fit many settings, but is ideal for the Sundays before Christmas, has a sound and solid message and of course, has incredible music which children - and adults - will love and will be singing far past Christmas!

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on October 19, 2012 at 7:18am — No Comments

Aim A Little Lower . . . Where Are You Aiming?

As you think about children's ministry and the vision your church has for children's ministry, take a few minutes to watch this clip from 2fish5bread . . . Aim lower! Think smaller! Give Up! Go have a cup of coffee! What can you do to help your church catch a vision for "aiming lower"? Consider a few of these ideas . . .

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Added by Lynda Freeman on October 5, 2012 at 7:33am — No Comments

Two Second-Chance Give-Aways . . .

When I have a give-away I give the winner a week to get their address to me so I can have their prize sent to them. If I do not hear from them by the end of the week, then I have a second-chance give-away. I have a couple items which I'd love to give away . . . if you would like to win one - or both - please comment below to let me know which you'd like to win!

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on October 1, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments

Faith . . . What Step Do You Need to Take?

What is "faith"? Hebrews 11:1 tells us, "Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see." Dictionary.com defines "faith" as, "confidence or trust in a person or …

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 25, 2012 at 10:10am — No Comments

Remember: Actions Speak Louder . . .

Seriously, what do our "actions" say about the type of church we are? It can be so very easy to say a person is "welcome" and we want them to "belong", but do our "actions" really show this? Consider the following -

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 23, 2012 at 8:20am — No Comments

It's Not Too Late . . .

Your new Fall ministries have begun, but did you take time to sit down with the parents and share your vision/purpose, the curriculum their children will be learning from and how they as parents will be able to continue the learning all week at home? If not, it isn't too late to do so! Consider the following -

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 20, 2012 at 8:09am — No Comments

This IS Job One . . .

We all agree, children are the most important mission field in the world - and we agree parents have the most influence on their children and who they become, but as Barna said, "The problem is, parents surrender this impact to the world." We surrender children to -'

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 19, 2012 at 9:06am — No Comments

Berenstain Bears - Faith Gets Us Through . . . I'm Giving One Away!

Do you have books in your church library, in your classrooms or do you recommend books to parents? If so, take a look at this new Berenstain Bears book which encourages children to put their faith in God! I'm delighted to say not only did Zonderkidz send me one book to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)!

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 14, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments

Take a Moment to Give Thanks . . .

I've been talking this week about pausing, reflecting and evaluating in our children's ministries; yesterday I wrote, "Evaluating is all about measuring, judging the worth of something, and like I said yesterday, 'if we do not evaluate the things we do, how will we know if we are 'on target' or just throwing everything at the wall hoping something 'sticks'?' Ministry to children and families matters too much to not take the time to…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 6, 2012 at 9:04am — No Comments

VeggieTales the League of Incredible Vegetables . . . I'm Giving One Away!

Big Idea has absolutely "hit it out of the park" with the League of Incredible Vegetables . . . children will not only love the story, but they will "get it", too! This powerful message about being able to defeat fear by trusting in God when we are afraid is one children - and adults - need to hear. 

 

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 5, 2012 at 8:16am — No Comments

Take a Moment to Evaluate . . .

Yesterday I wrote, "Reflecting is all about evaluating and if we do not evaluate the things we do, how will we know if we are "on target" or just throwing everything at the wall hoping something "sticks"? Take time this week to reflect, chew over, think over, ponder and contemplate . . . and be sure to take notes!" and Monday I said, "The Summer is…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 5, 2012 at 7:41am — No Comments

Take a Moment to Reflect . . .

Yesterday I wrote, "The Summer is over and Fall ministries are beginning so now is the perfect time to take a moment to pause, reflect, evaluate and give Thanks!" and then took time to consider pausing. Today I want to take a moment to consider what it means to "reflect" and why we should do so, but first, let's think about what "reflect"…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 4, 2012 at 9:08am — No Comments

Focus for September . . . God is Great and He Does Great Things!

A couple months ago I wrote about what we focus on in children's ministry. I said, "When it comes to children's ministry there is often more than one thing to focus on . . . the vision for the ministry, selecting the resources to best help you accomplish your vision, sharing your vision with others, finding, training, supporting…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on September 1, 2012 at 10:09am — No Comments

Children's Museum Tour . . . I'm Giving Away Free Tickets!

I began this month with a Children's Museum "Tour" on my other blog, grandma's cookie jar, and shared information about several Children's Museums - and gave away some free tickets, too! I still have a few more Children's Museums to let you know about and I still have tickets to give away! …

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 28, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

Trust . . . Takes Seconds to Break, Forever to Repair

Yesterday I posted about trust . . . it takes years to build. . .  and shared ideas on how to build trust with the children, parents and volunteers in your ministry. Today I want to think about how to repair broken trust.

We are people. We are imperfect. We say and do things which hurt others and breaks trust. So, what do we do when we have “broken” trust…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 28, 2012 at 9:01am — No Comments

Trust . . . Takes Years to Build . . .

A friend posted this on their Facebook the other day . . .

It got me to thinking. Trust is an essential part of children’s ministry . . .
 
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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 27, 2012 at 8:52am — No Comments

5 Essentials for Your Volunteers . . . #1 – Prayer!

I’ve been writing about the Top 5 Essentials for our Volunteers . . . #5 – provide resources#4 – provide training and #3 – thank and…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 25, 2012 at 9:12am — No Comments

5 Essentials for Your Volunteers . . . #2 A Listening Ear!

I’ve been writing about the Top 5 Essentials for our Volunteers . . . #5 – provide resources#4 – provide training and #3 – thank and encourage your…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 24, 2012 at 8:24am — No Comments

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