May 2017 Editor’s Notes

It’s time to “Come to the Castle” and hear stories from the King. We can’t wait to share both this theme and these stories with you. This month’s theme was inspired by Chris Tomlin’s new book, Good Good Father and we encourage you to get the board book version, Good Good Father for Little Ones, for your classrooms.

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Easter 2017: Postcard Printable

Easter is coming.
And, it’s coming fast.
As in, it’s not this Sunday but the next.

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Sharing the Load

I am reading through the One Year Bible this year and am particularly looking at what the Word says regarding children and children’s ministry…

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Connect

The trees are blooming and mornings require a jacket that is often discarded by lunchtime. It’s spring!

In our ministry, that means it’s time for our semi-annual Parent-Child Dedication. Based from Orange’s BabyD Celebration, this is one of my favorite ways to begin and strengthen our partnership with the parents we serve.

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Kathy HillKathy Hill

Kathy lives outside of Atlanta with her awesome hubby, David, and drama daughter, Maggie....

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Barbara GravesBarbara Graves

Barbara is a highly caffeinated lover of God, kids, coffee and laughing. She and her husb...

Deb SpringerDeb Springer

Deb lives in the Atlanta area and is the proud mom of a very tall basketball player and wif...

Kathy WhiteKathy White

Kathy is wife to Lee, mom to Andrew, Joel & Benjamin, mother-in-law to Mary Kate and Kitt...

Karen AppleKaren Apple

Karen Apple is a former children’s minister who started two weekday preschools in Charlo...

Kelly StockdaleKelly Stockdale

Kelly is a preschool director turned family director who’s currently serving at Grace ...

Brittany ComptonBrittany Compton

Brittany Compton Robertson is the Director of Preschool Strategy at Orange and lives outsid...

Sue MillerSue Miller

Sue is a coach, leader, speaker and author with a passion for bringing out the bes...

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