The Easter Adventure

Friends, its time to get ready to make the most out of the incredible opportunity coming your way on Easter. Picture your hallways flooded with a variety of first time attenders. Some coming only because family members insisted they had to go to church before enjoying a great meal together. Other new families will be showing up because they go to church twice a year—once at Christmas, and then again on Easter. So many non-believers will be checking out your church for the very first time. There’s a lot at stake here so what happens in your ministry on this day is incredibly important.

 

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Setting the Stage - My Neighborhood (April 2016)

This month is a fun one to decorate for! All you have to do is bring your neighborhood indoors! We can’t wait to see the pictures because every church will be uniquely different as every neighborhood is different.

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Teaming Up With Parents

“Partnering with Parents” seems to have a big question mark around it for a lot of our First Look partners. Quite a few of you have been asking really good questions around this, “what does this really mean and what can we do to make this a reality in our church? “ We actually LOVE these questions, and we want to help you unpack some strategy around this important strategy!

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The Day After Easter : Postcard Printable

Easter is coming.
And, it’s coming fast.
But, have you thought about the Monday after?
Well, most of you will be off that Monday (I hope).
So, let’s talk about the Tuesday after Easter.
What are you going to do on that Tuesday?

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Surviving A Baby Boom

I knew that if you could welcome 25 new babies with a total church attendance of 300 and you can still say “we love it,”  something amazing was going on at her church, and I wanted to know more. So I called Samantha, and we talked about Oak Fellowship, the church, the people and the amazing nursery ministry that she leads. Here are some of the bits of wisdom that she shared with me:

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April 2016 Editor's Notes

“Love God. Love People.” It’s the greatest commandment in a nutshell. It’s what I’ve taught my daughter since she was young. Your actions should show others that you love God and love people. As she’s gotten older, she’s come to realize that by loving others and serving them, she IS loving God. And, she’s sharing His love with those around her. It’s been a fantastic development to watch, and it’s one we pray will happen in every preschooler we touch with this month’s curriculum.

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Following Along with #OC16

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Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting May 2nd

Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting May 2nd

Here is the First Look Social Media Plan for influencing parents to interact with their preschoolers. If you missed the first post explaining our plan, please click here.  The following information will be 6 tweets, 5 Facebook posts, 2 pictures or ideas for Instagram, and 2 articles to pin on Pinterest.  Feel free to use any and all of this information but don’t feel tied to these updates word for word.  These are simply examples that you could copy and paste if you wanted or you can add your... read more
What’s Your Question

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First Look Friends! Today is the day! We are currently moving all of our Orangeness into the facilities for #OC16!!! It’s so exciting! Over the next few day, our Orange Staff will be answering hundreds of questions from you, our partners. However, if you’re not with us, you might not get your question answered. So, if you have an overall Orange or First Look question that you would love to have answered, reply in the comments, and we’ll see what we can do. If you have a... read more
Notes From #OC16 : First Year in Ministry

Notes From #OC16 : First Year in Ministry

We know everyone can’t be everywhere at Orange Conference (and some of you are at home), so here’s some of what you missed from Jim Wideman’s breakout, “First Year in Ministry.” Same action always brings the same results. If you want something you haven’t had, you have to do something you haven’t done. @jimwideman #OC16 10 Smart Things To Do: 1. Do your homework. Before you start changing things, understand your church culture. @jimwideman #OC16 2.... read more

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