Establishing a Milestone for Kids Moving Up to Middle School

Establishing a Milestone for Kids Moving Up to Middle School

Last year the Internet was nearly broken in half by Moms and Dads who, through gobs of tears, shared a certain lyric video by singer-songwriter, Nichole Nordeman. You know which one I’m talking about. This video beautifully displays the inevitable narrative of how families at key phases of life watch as their children quickly grow up before their eyes, all while Nordeman whimsically pleads for them to “slow down.” I’ll spare you all the gut-wrenching details for fear of engaging my own tear... Read More
Why Combining Influences at Your Church is Better for Kids

Why Combining Influences at Your Church is Better for Kids

If you are a parent, you probably know the feeling “I’m not qualified for this!” In fact, I first had that thought as I was leaving the hospital with my firstborn. Sure, there have been seasons when I felt like, “Okay, maybe I’ve got this!” Brief, brief seasons. That was typically right about the time I’d get the call from the school, or a note sent home that a teacher wanted to meet with me, or someone would paint their brothers hair with my mascara, or someone pushed someone else off of the... Read More
The Problem With Perfect Family Pictures

The Problem With Perfect Family Pictures

We’ve all seen them. The complimentary glossy family photo’s displayed in picture frames at stores. At first glance, the photo gives you a glimpse of an imaginary family to help compliment the frame. The people in the photo are all smiles, with super white straight teeth. Their attire is coordinated. The kids are calm, poised with angelic smiles. The picture is marketed to give the appearance of a family photo. Trouble is, the people in that photo are (spoiler alert) hired models. At Orange,... Read More
The Secret Weapon in Every Kids Ministry

The Secret Weapon in Every Kids Ministry

We have all heard about the limited amount of time we as kids ministry leaders have with the kids in our church. It’s about 40 hours each year. We have 40 hours to unwrap all of the great things God has for us and deliver it to the kids in our church in a way they can remember and apply it to their life. 40 hours isn’t a lot. It’s not even an hour a week! How in the world can we invest all that needs to be invested in the children of our churches with less than an hour a week? Enter the secret... Read More
Why Deuteronomy 6 Matters

Why Deuteronomy 6 Matters

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. – Deuteronomy 6:4-7 You have probably heard or read these verses many times. Maybe you learned about how it is part of the Shema, a prayer that... Read More