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12
Apr
09

Nick’s Favorite Things!

The 3rd installment of Nick’s favorite things…if you have something you would like me to consider for my next list I open to suggestions.

 

  1. Nabisco Wheat Thins Artisan Cheese Crackers…Especially The Vermont White Cheddar Flavor
  2. The Office
  3. Emergen-C Vitamin Water (Tangerine and Dragon Fruit flavors)
  4. The Unit
  5. The Grandview Recycling Center…(Can’t beat free recycling!)

 

I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel soooooooooooooo bad!!!!!

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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!


 

15
Feb
09

Shameless Plug

We have a few leftover t-shirts at church so I decided to grab 3 and work on a little publicity photo the other day! I looked and looked for the 3 cutest kids I could find and here are the results…

Look for these photos in an upcoming KiDS COR Brochure!

25
Jan
09

Grapple

Today we concluded a 3 week series in our Children’s Ministry called Grapple. We encouraged kids to “grapple” with some tough questions about God. These are the 4 questions we asked our kids to consider….

  1. Where Did God Come From?
  2. How Can God Be Everywhere?
  3. Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?
  4. Is There Anything God Can’t Do?

 

During these 3 weeks we adults admitted to the kids that these are tough questions for adults too and we don’t always have answers to these questions. We also took a break from the normal Sunday school routine where a scripture passage is studied and applied to our lives. Instead we asked these questions then looked up various passages in the Bible that might help us when considering these questions. Although this was a challenging series it started some great conversations. It was fun to grapple!




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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