252 + One Big Story

252 + One Big Story

If you’ve looked at the September series Flight Plan on the 252 Basics download matrix, you’ve probably noticed the new “One Big Story” panel. This contains screen images of our One Big Story poster for you to use in your elementary environments. While this is a beautiful illustration, One Big Story is so much more. As children encounter Moses, Esther, Peter or Paul, our hope has always been that they begin to understand how these people and their stories fit into the One Big Story God has... Read More
Does NOT Taste Like Chicken

Does NOT Taste Like Chicken

If you have ever tried to describe an FX to someone who has never seen one, you know you have a problem. It’s like trying to describe the taste of squirrel to someone who has never eaten it. I don’t know if it works this way for you, but I always seem to be talking to someone who says, “So, it’s like children’s church, right?” Noooooooo! So, what are you supposed to do? (About the FX not the squirrel.) You want to cast vision for this wonderful environment that equips parents to be spiritual... Read More
Think Like the Container Store

Think Like the Container Store

You’re gearing up for another school year. Teachers everywhere are straightening up their classrooms, taking inventory and stocking up on supplies. They know that a few hours and labeled containers lead to a smoother transition and deeper learning. So, they take time up front to create a system that’s simple, organized and easy to maintain, even when things get a little chaotic. Some of their tricks apply to children’s ministry too. Here are some things to try to prep, get ahead and find help.... Read More
Confessions of a Water Junkie

Confessions of a Water Junkie

I really love my long showers. I get über-frustrated about the low water pressure in my kitchen sink faucet. I’ve been known to run the washer for a tiny load, just so I can wear that favorite pair of jeans that evening. But why shouldn’t I? I mean, even with the current drought, the only water restrictions are on the big water wasters, like outdoor sprinklers and hoses. As long as water is readily available every time I turn on the faucet, what does it matter? Well, as you know, it does. More... Read More
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