Archive for the 'Children’s Ministry' Category

24
Aug
09

Jesus, Food, Day, Amen

“Jesus, Food, Day, Amen” these 4 words make up the prayer our 3 little boys have begun saying before most of their meals. Actually is goes more like this: “Jesus, Food, Day, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAmen.” We began praying with them once they were able to sit in high chairs and eat solid foods rather than drinking from a bottle. So for about a year now they have heard us pray and now have begun repeating this prayer before meals. It’s very exciting!!!

Since becoming a parent I have begun to look at children’s ministry in a whole new light. For example I now understand how our volunteer Sunday school teachers sometime struggle to get to their classrooms early. When my wife and I volunteer in the boy’s classroom we are generally later than we are supposed to be despite trying hard to be early. Now more than ever I appreciate the effort committed Sunday school teachers make every weekend to be in their classrooms.

Finally, hearing these boys who are about to turn 2 say this prayer confirmed with me the importance of children’s ministry and that ministering to kids needs to begin when they are young. When you have the opportunity to shape a child’s life from the beginning either as a parent, nursery worker, or Sunday school teacher cool things happen.

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11
Jun
09

Vacation Bible Camp 2009

It’s VBC week!!! Our theme this year is Treasures Of The Nile, we are studying the life of Moses. It’s been a great week so far! You can check out what’s been going during the week at our VBC Blog. There are articles, pictures, videos, and a bunch of other stuff about VBC. This is our first year with a VBC blog replacing daily paper newsletters and has become the main way to communicate to all VBC participants.

22
Apr
09

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day Everyone!! Over the past couple of years I’ve become more aware that it really is our responsibility to take care of God’s Earth. This is something that I always knew was important but over the past couple of years it has really taken on some added significance both in my personal life (doing some recycling now) and in my ministry at the church (keep reading). I think there are two reasons for this, first I heard a great Sermon by Pastor Adam Hamilton about environmental concerns and how we as Christians need to be aware of these and do something about it. Second I’ve had some interaction with the Earth COR team at the Church. They are a great group and really passionate about what they do. This year our Children’s ministry has partnered with Earth Cor in a couple of ways. First we created some recycling posters to hang around the church and second we will be taking a short break from our regular lessons to have special Earth Day lessons in Sunday school this weekend. I’m really looking forward to it!!

 

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

25
Mar
09

63 Parables

The other day I was going through a pile of books at the church and came across some rather old Children’s Ministry books from the 40’s & 50’s. One of the books I picked up was titled “63 Popular Parables For Young Folks” by John Henry Sargent. The “parables” are what we call object lessons today. It was fun to look through the book and see which items were popular in the 40’s & 50’s (Record Player & Rubbers). I found it interesting that these books were even around back then, it was always my assumption that ministry to children was a fairly new concept to the church (within the last 30 years or so), but it appears that even in the 40’s there were church leaders who knew the importance of ministry to “Young Folks.”

Here’s a quote from the forward that I found interesting “The Minister…finds his most precious reward in the developing life of children and youth as they grow into maturity and come to usefulness in their homes, in the community and in the church….An effective aid in this development is the specialized homiletical art of preaching to children.”

So here’s what I’m thinking….I’m going to hold onto these books and create a Children’s Ministry Museum someday and open it to the public. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

14
Mar
09

Book Review


I just recently finished reading the book “Too Small To Ignore: Why Children Are The Next Big Thing” By Dr. Wes Stafford. Wes Stafford is the president and CEO of Compassion International. I have been familiar with Compassion International for quite a few years now, but it was just within the past 2 years that I have gotten to know a little bit about its great leader Wes Stafford. About a year and a half ago I heard Dr. Stafford give an awesome talk on why ministry to children not only in the U.S. but throughout the world is so important. It was after hearing this talk that I really wanted to read his book. Too Small To Ignore is a great book…here’s your very quick summary…he spent the first 14 years of his life between a remote African village where his parents were missionaries and a boarding school for Missionary kids many hundreds of miles away (still in Africa). His upbringing gives him a very unique and passionate perspective about caring for the children of the world especially those who live in poverty or suffer from abuse or neglect.

Great Book! But also difficult to read at times to hear of the immense suffering that goes on in the world, but Wes and Compassion International have a plan. They believe that the way to end the suffering is to begin with the children in these regions. To change the world you begin with a child.

First Book I’ve read completely in 2009, hope to get to another one before July 4th.

05
Mar
09

To Vermont & Back

Last week I made a quick trip to Vermont (left on Wednesday, returned on Thursday). I made this trip to watch my brother play in the state semi-final basketball game. My brother is a senior in high school and this was going to be either his last or next to last high school game. It was great to watch him play (I had not seen him play in almost 3 years) and they won their game which made the trip even better!!! As I sat watching the game I began remembering the time that I played high school basketball and made the tournament and how fun those moments were…I was also hoping that my brother and his team would enjoy this moment. I’m sure these were games they won’t soon forget.

I think these moments are not only special but also can be very important. This is one of the reasons I believe children’s ministry is a pretty important ministry in the church. I think when you are able to create positive memorable moments with your kids in your ministry that these moments have the opportunity to shape who these kids grow up to be. I have heard numerous stories of adults who are serving Christ talk about moments in their Sunday school class many years ago and how that moment shaped the person they are today. I’ve also heard the opposite where bad memories in Sunday school have directly influenced why adults stayed away from the church down the road or served as the reason they did not return as quickly. I always hope that I am creating those positive moments every week for the kids in my church.

17
Feb
09

3 Good Sites

 

Here are 3 pretty cool websites….

 

www.jellybits.com

This site has 16 video shorts that you can purchase to use in your children’s ministry. Each video corresponds with a book of the Bible. Right now the videos are the first 16 books of the Bible.

 

www.jellytelly.com

A site full of Bible based videos and games for kids. Perhaps the beginning of a Christian nickelodeon??

 

www.max7.org

This site has downloadable videos, Bible lessons, and a whole bunch of other cool things. One of the best things about this site is a lot of the stuff is free!

 

Happy Surfing!


 




FYI

Everything here represents my own opinion and not the opinion of The United Methodist Church of The Resurrection or The United Methodist Church. It's purely my own random thoughts.
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