Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Road trips. We all take them. We might be able to recall a memory from our childhood sliding around in the backseat (yes, we used to be ok not wearing a seatbelt.)  I remember flipping my cassette tape over to side B and adjusting my headphones while I strategically positioned my pillow in between the headrest and the door. Road trips for me were all about music and food! I loved getting to go through a drive through at the half way point where I could super-size my meal for .25 cents and have... Read More
May Editor’s Notes

May Editor’s Notes

Honesty is a reflection of the character of God. WEEK 1 Key Question: Why is it important for people to trust you? Preteens are just starting to realize that their actions have implications on people around them. We start our month on honesty, helping them realize that what they say or don’t say impacts whether or not people trust them. And why that matters. We start the month in 2 Kings 5 and learn more about the prophet Elisha and his servant named Gehazi. After Elisha helped Naaman, Gehazi... Read More
April Editor’s Notes

April Editor’s Notes

WEEK 1 Key Question: How do you celebrate Easter? When was the last time you went big and celebrated something? A birthday? Definitely Christmas. But how do we celebrate the reason we can celebrate at all? Jesus is alive! We want kids to figure out some ways they can go big and celebrate Easter with their family and friends! We start the month with The Bible. No, that wasn’t a typo. Think about it, in some ways the entire Bible is lesson in patience. Not because it takes so long to read from... Read More
Partnering with Public Schools

Partnering with Public Schools

Nine years ago, I arrived at Catawba Heights Baptist Church in Belmont, NC as its Children’s Pastor. Among the first things that I did as Children’s Pastor was to read Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide by Reggie Joiner. This book shaped my view of ministering to the family like no other. I began to constantly ask the question, “How can I partner with families in such a way that an impact for Christ can be realized at home, at church and at school?” Little did I... Read More
Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for October 1

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for October 1

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: When you were a kid, did your mom write your name inside your coat or on the tags of your clothes? If you’re a parent, you probably do this for our own kids too. With or without a name tag, we love to think of things as “ours.”... Read More
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