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Meet the Parents

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As an Orange Specialist with 252 Basics, I get the privilege of partnering with children’s ministry leaders all over the midwest and southwest states of the U.S. I hear “wins” about ministry, leadership, kids and parents. It’s rare, though, that I get to hear from the parents—until a couple of weeks ago. Mountain Valley Church in Englewood, N.M., has been a partner with 252 Basics for three years. Their children’s ministry leader contacted me a couple of months ago to let me know she was stepping away from her role and the church would be searching for a new leader. In the interim, though, a group of parents would be stepping in to lead together. I honestly expected a maintenance mode attitude during this interim time—a “just keep things moving along smoothly until the new leader arrives” mentality. Imagine...

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Small Hands Helping with Real Needs

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Nothing says summertime like family—vacations, activities and theme park visits. With families going in a variety of directions, one church sought to bring the family together to help others—and it was simple! Meet Amanda Box, Children’s Minister at Meadowbrook Church of Christ in Jackson, Miss. Meadowbrook’s student ministry was preparing to attend and serve with Memphis Work Camp during the first week of June. Students go and serve families that need their homes painted and yard work done. Amanda decided she wanted to create an opportunity for their children (three years through fifth grade) to learn about how they can serve others and their Junior Work Camp was born. On the Friday night and Saturday before the students left, families met together at the church. During their time, they revisited October’s virtue of Initiative—seeing what needs to be done...

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