Power Up – Video Game VBS

2018-04-16T19:46:23+00:00

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 [...]

Power Up – Video Game VBS 2018-04-16T19:46:23+00:00

Christmas Family Night (Elf Edition)

2018-09-14T20:17:39+00:00

Last year, we decided to try something new and created a Christmas Family Night. We wanted to create an event that encouraged families to come together, have fun, and meet other families in our church and community. It was a great success, so we decided to bring it back again this year with a new theme and several additions/improvements. We require families to pay and register for this event online. This helps a ton with planning. If you don’t know who's coming, you'll end up either over-buying or under-buying, and neither of those is a good thing. We charged our families a [...]

Christmas Family Night (Elf Edition) 2018-09-14T20:17:39+00:00

Reverse Lock-in

2018-04-24T20:19:20+00:00

We absolutely love doing lock-ins, but I have to say that my least favorite part of a lock-in is the overnight portion. How do you get all the fun of a lock-in without the overnight part? A Reverse Lock-in is your answer. Basically, it's just a fancy way of saying a daytime lock-in, but it sounds a lot cooler, doesn't it? Our kids actually earned this lock-in as a reward for reaching their goal of 101 pounds in change for missions in our Change Challenge. You can read more about that offering contest and other contests we have done with our [...]

Reverse Lock-in 2018-04-24T20:19:20+00:00

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of the CMConnect Conference

2018-04-24T20:40:02+00:00

The 2017 CMConnect Conference is over ☹️. This year was my second year attending the conference as part of the social media team and my first year leading breakouts. You have probably figured out by now that I am a huge fan of the CMConnect Conference. Now that I have attended for a couple years, I have found some great ways to get the most out of my conference week. I wanted to share my best tips with you so you can have the best experience possible in 2018. 1. Get registered early. The earlier you register for the conference, the cheaper [...]

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of the CMConnect Conference 2018-04-24T20:40:02+00:00

Kid’s Worship Nights: Behind the Scenes

2018-04-24T20:50:50+00:00

I had the God-given dream of creating my first Kid's Worship Night at the end of 2014, and I've written posts on my first couple Kid's Worship Nights, which you can take a look at here: Worship Night and Worship Night 2. I recently held the first Kid's Worship Night at my current church, and it was just as incredible and impactful as it was in my previous ministry. I am honored to have had the opportunity to share a breakout about this life-changing event at the CMConnect Conference this week, and have decided to share my notes on some of [...]

Kid’s Worship Nights: Behind the Scenes 2018-04-24T20:50:50+00:00

Christmas Family Night

2018-03-31T15:55:29+00:00

We decided that we needed to start doing more family events in our ministry. This is our first official family night and we thought the best time to kick it off was during the Christmas season. People love Christmas events, and it's easy to put together a night that will be fun for the entire family. I have seen family nights be successful in some churches, and not so successful in others. I wasn't sure what to expect, so we did require families to register online before the event. This helps a ton with planning. If you don't know who will be [...]

Christmas Family Night 2018-03-31T15:55:29+00:00

Fear Factor Lock-in

2016-11-04T19:47:45+00:00

Lock-ins are events that many Kid’s Ministries don’t even attempt because they can seem difficult or daunting, but they don’t have to be scary if they are scheduled and organized. We plan one or two lock-ins each year, and the kids always ask when the next one is coming. Our budget for this event was $400 at first, but we ended up having a lot more kids than we expected so it went up to about $750.  We always aim for covering the majority of our cost by charging $10 per child. We increase the cost to $15 per child for late registration one week [...]

Fear Factor Lock-in 2016-11-04T19:47:45+00:00

6 Ways to Keep VBS Volunteers Energized

2018-03-31T16:10:11+00:00

We have all seen the funny VBS volunteer memes that show people tired or regretting saying yes to the call to serve at VBS. While there may be some truth and certainly humor behind these memes, I believe that it is possible to keep your volunteers energized all week long. This year, I had the privilege of putting on my first VBS ever. It was hard to prepare for, having not seen a VBS since I was a child, but I think it was great to come at it with a fresh approach. I was unsure about how I would keep [...]

6 Ways to Keep VBS Volunteers Energized 2018-03-31T16:10:11+00:00

Super-sized Food Lock-in

2016-08-25T14:54:01+00:00

Lock-ins are events that many Kid’s Ministries don’t even attempt because they can seem difficult or daunting, but they don't have to be scary if they are scheduled and organized. We plan two lock-ins each year, and the kids always ask when the next one is coming. Our budget for this event was $500, but we aimed for covering the majority of our cost by charging $10 per child. We increase the cost to $15 per child for late registration one week prior to the event. We don’t ask our leaders to pay since they are giving their time and energy to serve our kids. First-time [...]

Super-sized Food Lock-in 2016-08-25T14:54:01+00:00

4 Week Prayer Series for Kids

2016-01-28T22:34:54+00:00

Our church has spent the entire month of January focusing on prayer. My lead pastor asked me to create a month-long midweek service focusing on prayer for our kids while the parents had their prayer service (approx. an hour and fifteen minutes). I decided to create a series that would get our kids excited about praying and equip them to continue growing in their prayer lives on their own.  I used this post I wrote about a year ago on Practical Prayer Prayer Ideas for Kids as an outline for creating my four week series, and all the pieces fell into [...]

4 Week Prayer Series for Kids 2016-01-28T22:34:54+00:00