Connect Four

Connect Four

Remember that amazing game where you put red or black checkers into a vertical plastic game board in an attempt to get four in a row? I always tried to be super sneaky and work on a row unobtrusively, but I didn’t win very often! I recently saw a giant version of the game in a children’s ministry classroom, and it made me think of the connections we need to be making with our small groups throughout the summer. Staying connected during the summer is hard. Someone is always out on... Read More
And Then

And Then

And then. Do you know those two simple words can be found together hundreds of times throughout the Bible? “…and then you will be able to serve Me.” Jeremiah 15:19 “And then the Lord your God will…” Deuteronomy 7:20 “Andrew…heard…and then followed Jesus.” John 1:40 Every time the phrase is used, you know something happened first in order to set the stage for the second thing to happen. Preschool ministry is a world of “and then.” Sometimes, we get stuck in the mindset that the age we work with... Read More
Don’t Miss Your Chance to Connect

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. I don’t know if your kids’ hallway looks similar to ours on a Sunday, but “hustle and bustle” doesn’t even begin to describe it! Parents have done all they can to get the... Read More
Creating Security for our Preschoolers

Creating Security for our Preschoolers

A few nights ago I blackmailed my boys into watching Frozen with me. They had given me a run for my money that day. My husband was out of town for work, and they had pushed and cajoled and pestered to no end. I just wanted to sit in front of the TV and watch Anna save Elsa again, and I wanted my boys with me. You have to understand, my boys are 11 and 16, slightly past the prime target age for the movie. Still, they’re a lot like preschoolers sometimes (not just the tantrums!). They still find... Read More
Preference or Priority

Preference or Priority

I love this time of year! In the South, it means whispers of possible snow and shouts of joy when school is closed as the first flakes hit the pavement. In my life, it means looking back at the last twelve months to see what helped me become more like Jesus, and what pulled me away from Him. Then, I ponder and pray and choose what things to change in order to become more like Him this year. In my home, it means going through cabinets and closets and drawers and pulling together items that no... Read More
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