Controlling Soundtracks as you Lead Worship

Controlling Soundtracks as you Lead Worship

by Yancy Richmond So often in the kidmin world, for worship we are using soundtracks and live lyric videos. You know, pre-recorded music as opposed to a live band. The pro is, it’s high-energy music to get your group excited and ready to participate in worship. However, the downside is, there’s no flexibility. How the artist or company recorded the song is the arrangement you’re stuck with. Although that’s the reality of using tracks, the thing is, even if you would have chosen to do it... Read More
March Madness and Ministry

March Madness and Ministry

My family has been on a text thread about how the time has come to set up their March Madness basketball brackets. They’re anticipating a great March and planning now on how their team will climb to the top for a win. They are serious about this game. It got me to thinking. As a ministry leader, do you set up your team for a win to reach kids? What’s your game plan? With all the great tools in Orange curriculum, a well thought out pattern of preparation can spell a “W” each week as... Read More
Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week, Part 3

Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week, Part 3

by Vicki Noblitt This month, Orange Leaders takes a look at Sue Miller’s book, Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week. You can hear more from Sue Miller, live, at the upcoming volunteer training Live to Serve events in Grand Rapids, Mich., March 8; Memphis, Tennessee, March 29; as well as The Orange Conference, April 30–May 2 in Atlanta, Ga. I learned early on that “selling” makes me incredibly uncomfortable. My first exposure was calendars and I think I was in 3rd... Read More
How Menlo Park Presbyterian Customizes Orange in Their Age Groups

How Menlo Park Presbyterian Customizes Orange in Their Age Groups

by Jeremy Drew Over the last two years, we’ve been using the Orange curriculum for our preschool and K-3rd grade ministry environments. In this time, we’ve really seen the kids engage with God’s Word in a fresh way. The Orange Strategy as laid out in the curriculum is biblical, relevant, and easy-to-use. Our kids love the creative activities and our parents appreciate that their kids are learning about God in way that is biblical and fun. I love the fact that for each of our environments,... Read More
Why do I Bring my Team to Serve at Orange Conference? (plus, $150 credit giveaway to the Orange Store!)

Why do I Bring my Team to Serve at Orange Conference? (plus, $150 credit giveaway to the Orange Store!)

by Todd Newsom, Student Minister, Hunter Hills Church, Prattville, AL This will be my fifth year to serve as a volunteer at The Orange Conference. Every year, I bring a team of children’s ministry and student ministry volunteers from our church to help out wherever we are needed. It provides a valuable opportunity for teambuilding and spiritual renewal. We also get a free T-shirt, meals and the most obvious perk—attending the conference is FREE. But that’s not why we volunteer. I personally... Read More