Anne Marie has done it again! I have loved both of her previous books: Walk This Way and What God is Doing. Each of her books is filled with practical and Biblical object lessons. If you are interested, check out my reviews for Walk This Way and What God is Doing. I'm excited to be a part of launching her third book: Helping Your Children Become Prayer Warriors. I was surprised to see that it is completely different from her first two books. This book is all about helping parents learn how to help their children pray. It is just as practical, Biblical, and easy to use as her other [...]
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I just got back from another amazing week at the CMConnect Conference. This is my third year in a row being a part of this unique kid's ministry conference. Last year I wrote about my top 3 reasons to attend CMConnect Conference. Why do I keep going back year after year? It's not because it is the biggest conference. It's not because they put on the best "show" in their main sessions. It's not because it is held in the best vacation spot. The #1 reason I attend the CMConnect Conference every year is because of the people. Now, I don't mean [...]
God has been speaking to me about some new dreams and goals this year (cue The Greatest Showman soundtrack). As a result, these new things are shifting my life and ministry into a new chapter, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Almost two years ago, God put a new dream in my heart. I felt like I was being led towards writing my own curriculum. The funny thing is, I had just told Lauren, my assistant at the time, that I would NEVER write my own curriculum. Never say never to God! I was a little scared, overwhelmed, not [...]
We had so much fun creating this set design for an 8-week series I wrote called Star Warriors. In this series, kids will learn about a new Star Warrior from the Bible each week. Each of the Star Warriors had to trust God to help them accomplish amazing missions for him. Star Warriors include Nehemiah, Deborah, Elijah, Elisha, Jael, King Josiah, and Gideon. The cost for this set design was between $50-$100. The only items we purchased were the led strips, a small BB8 inflatable, and two death star inflatables. We borrowed several more large lawn inflatables from a member of our church [...]
I absolutely loved creating this set design back in the fall for an 8-week series I wrote called Discovery. In this series, kids will learn how the Old and New Testaments are connected and support each other each week. They will be encouraged to dig deeper into God's Word! During small groups, kids will go on a Footnotes Treasure Hunt where they will learn how to use footnotes and that many verses in the New Testament quoted verses from the Old Testament. The cost for this set design was easily less than $50. Most of the decorations for this set design [...]
I am a huge foodie! I LOVE TO EAT! In fact, I'm reasonably certain that they missed a sixth love language: Food. Food is my love language! I love to be fed and to feed others. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one out there. I have found that volunteers tend to show up more often and are definitely motivated by food. I am a strong believer that there should be good food at all meetings, parties, events, services, small groups, or any other time you get people together. With that being said, here are some different ways I use [...]
Last year I decided to incorporate making slime into our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. The kids were so into making slime at the time that I knew it would hold their attention while teaching them a story many of them had heard a few times. I am shocked that kids are still so into making slime this year. I thought I would share what we did last year in our services for anyone looking for a fresh way to share the Easter story with their kids. Good Friday Message (Black and Red Slime) When God created humans they [...]
I was surprised and excited to receive Sustainable Children's Ministry: From Last-Minute Scrambling to Long-Term Solutions in the mail before it was released. I have spoken with Annette Safstrom a few times, but after reading her book, she has become one of my kidmin heroes. Annette is the queen of systems, plans, and procedures. Her book is full of practical ways to bring your kid's ministry to a whole new level. Her solutions aren't always quick and easy, but she gives you the tools you need to make them happen if you're willing to put in the work. I'm excited to share [...]
This post is a long time coming! Last summer, we decided to jump into writing our own VBS curriculum for the first time. At the time, I had been writing weekly curriculum for our kid's ministry for about a year, but taking on VBS was a whole new level of writing. At first, I was a bit scared that I was biting off too much too quickly since it was my second time ever putting on a VBS, but as I got into writing the content, I realized it was totally worth the extra work and effort. I decided to go [...]
I am finally blogging about last year's VBS (just in time to start writing this year's VBS). Last year was our first year writing our own VBS. It was lots of work, but totally worth it. We chose to go with a video game themed VBS and we called it Power Up. In my next post, I will be sharing our full Power Up VBS curriculum. I tried to get as many pictures as possible to capture what we did. I thought last year's set design was crazy! This year we basically doubled the set design work. Honestly, there were moments [...]