Does Anyone Love Monday?

Does Anyone Love Monday?

Does anyone love Monday? I typically roll out of bed to the sound of a 4-year-old begging to play on my smartphone while eating Lucky Charms® (the marshmallows anyway). She likes shiny new technology and sugar. Preschoolers and middle schoolers. They are like the same thing. After sending the big kids off to school and dropping the littlest one off at preschool, I hit up Starbucks on my way into the church office. A freshly brewed dark roast always makes Monday SO MUCH BETTER. Are you with me... Read More
Prioritizing Relationships in Your Small Group Culture

Prioritizing Relationships in Your Small Group Culture

Sunday Mornings . . . or Wednesday nights, or Sunday evenings. Whenever you meet, it’s essential to provide children and students with consistent weekly small group leaders. If you say small group relationships are a priority, this is how you act like it. I grew up in a church where everyone was on a rotation, so consistency was not the norm. I’m so glad that our church now has a different culture. When my oldest kid was three, he wouldn’t even say that we were going to church. Instead, he... Read More
Free Download: Bullying Conversation Guide for Small Group Leaders

Free Download: Bullying Conversation Guide for Small Group Leaders

At some point during your time as a Small Group Leader, one of your few will most likely experience bullying. It’s can be a scary thing for kids, and navigating conversations around what’s happen can be daunting for SGLs. The important thing to remember is that when a kid opens up about bullying, it’s because they know you’re a safe place. Your goal is to have a conversation as soon as possible with those who can help—your church leader, the child’s parent or a professional. Your conversation... Read More
Experience More Joy This Christmas with a Free Advent Calendar

Experience More Joy This Christmas with a Free Advent Calendar

We want to help your family and others experience more joy this Christmas season, one day at a time. We want to help you slow the pace, even just a little, and see potential for big joy in small moments. That’s why we created this Advent Calendar. It’s our gift to you this Christmas. The design is simple. It’s easy to print and hand out or email to the families in your church and community. Each day has a part of the Christmas story to read and an activity families can do together that focuses... Read More
How Physical, Mental and Cultural Changes Affect Kids

How Physical, Mental and Cultural Changes Affect Kids

Every kid, in every phase, is changing in six ways. They’re changing . . . physically. mentally. culturally. relationally. emotionally. morally. We can’t talk about all of those changes in this short blog post, but we do want to talk about a few of them. Let’s start with some of the obvious changes. PHYSICAL CHANGES As kids grow, some changes are easier to see than others. Like . . . when you see that preschooler take a step for the first time. When you could swear that elementary-aged kid... Read More