Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for December 3

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for December 3

Sunday mornings are like game day for children’s ministry. Just like any good coach, gather your team of volunteers for a pre-game pep talk. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion to kick the morning off: What do you have to give? When this question is posed to a kid, maybe his answer would be “I don’t know” or “not much” or “I’m just a kid, I don’t have a job!” But you and I know that generosity isn’t just about money. We can be... Read More
Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents Starting December 3

Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents Starting December 3

These posts are designed to review the lesson, so plan for them to appear in your ministry’s social media accounts after you’ve taught the lesson in your ministry. Also, if you share social media accounts with other ministries in your organization, coordinate with them to develop a plan for when to schedule posts and how to designate the intended audience. If Pampers and Goldfish are more your speed, check out our First Look blog for the social media plan to connect parents with... Read More

5 Things All First Graders Have in Common

Enter a room full of six- and seven-year-olds and you’re bound to spot one thing right away: the cute little gaps of kids who whistle while they talk. Forget calling it first grade. This is the Missing Teeth Club. And the similarities don’t stop there. Here are five things all first graders have in common and what you can do to leverage this phase of life. 1. First Graders Talk Nonstop With this group, breath takes a backseat to words. They say what they think and they talk without thinking.... Read More
The Tangibles and Intangibles of an Excellent Preteen Enviornment

The Tangibles and Intangibles of an Excellent Preteen Enviornment

The moment you walk in the door you begin to judge the atmosphere of any business. If you walk in a coffee shop you are trying to find where you place your order and what coffee options are available. You begin judging whether or not you will ever return based on the tangible things you see, taste, and experience as well as the intangible things you feel, smell, and hear. The same is true with the preteens that walk in our preteen environments. We might not have full control over the smells in... Read More
Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for November 26

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for November 26

Sunday mornings are like game day for children’s ministry. Just like any good coach, gather your team of volunteers for a pre-game pep talk. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion to kick the morning off: This week’s bottom line is tough. After all, it’s hard to be grateful when tragedy strikes, when a marriage fails, when there’s a job loss or a prodigal child. But even in the darkest, scariest storms of life, if you choose to... Read More
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