The ‘Drop and Run’ – Special Needs and KidMin {Children’s Ministry Series}

Do you teach children who have special needs? Maybe they are in your own home, or they come to your church. I think this is a branch of kidmin that is often forgotten. It is not on purpose, but I have found that unless special needs kids make their way into your home, or ministry, then you have no reason to change.

But when the child arrives…it is necessary to make appropriate changes.

Katie shares a scenario with us today that could appear in any children’s ministry. Perhaps this has happened to you. Perhaps you are the parent. Either way, God calls us to share the gospel with everyone.

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Gettin’ in the Groove: Purposeful Routine with Children {Children’s Ministry Series}

With so many awesome ideas “out there” in Children’s Ministry, it is easy to get caught up in something new. But is that what is best for our kids? I think changing something in ministry because it isn’t working is one thing. Changing something because it’s the “newest” thing, is another.

That doesn’t mean trying out new ideas is wrong. What is does mean is that many kids need routine: a scaffold, if you will, of basic, known, expectations.

Cheli Sigler, from www.chelisigler.wordpress.com, is here to help explain routines and how you can tweak your basic teaching structure to better minister to your kids.

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How Much Do You Love God’s Law? {Psalm 119}

You pull out the Bible because you are supposed to; or perhaps there is dust. Maybe you are organized and have a nice check off list for Bible reading. Maybe you open the Bible and throw your finger on a verse and begin reading.

But it’s dry.

You think, “Why do I not get anything out of this? What am I missing?

Psalm 119You land on a genealogy or the law of God given to the levites in Leviticus. (sigh) Or, you are reading through the muck of a letter by Paul and his words dance back and forth on the page and you have no idea what he is talking about. As a matter of fact, who *is* Paul?

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7 Tips for Building Communication with Your Volunteers {Children’s Ministry Series}

Children’s Ministry is not something one does alone. It takes a village to run a ministry and that village must be “in the know” of certain goals and visions for everything to work properly. So how do you communicate to your team effectively?

Werner, a seasoned Children’s Minister, is offering 7 tips for building communication that you can begin to use today. Enjoy!

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Raising God’s Children {Children’s Ministry Series}

Parents, and those in ministry, stress ourselves out at times because we desire for our kids and students to love Jesus with their whole hearts. We take our job seriously. And even though we ultimately know that each child will make a choice to follow, or not follow, Jesus, we want to be sure we are doing all that WE can to present the gospel and Christian life in an appropriate way.

Amanda from www.apinchoffaith.com gives some tips for teaching character traits to young children. Enjoy!!

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Whether you are a parent, nanny, caregiver, or a Sunday school teacher, you know how difficult it can be to raise children. No matter what the age, or gender, all children have their good moments and their bad ones. Temptation and curiosity are everywhere, and for an innocent child, it is easy to fall prey to their temptations and curiosity. Why? Because they don’t know any better. It’s our job to instill the core values in them and make sure that they are led down the right path.

Raising God's ChildrenTrain up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

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The Shadow of Wings: Family Bible Journaling Project

Birds are amazing creatures. Humans have always longed to fly, and we still cannot do it without extra help. Birds were created to soar in the clouds with their wings. Why does the Bible say that God has wings?

eagle's wingsIn this lesson of The Family Bible Journaling Project, the phrase “shadow of his wings” is explored. Keep this question in mind: How does the Lord use this metaphor to explain the gospel throughout the Old and New Testaments?

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Kid’s Ministry Helps Intro {Children’s Ministry Series}

Hello FFS Readers!! If you have subscribed to FFS in recent months, then you know I ask you one question when you confirm your subscription. Many of you have been gracious enough to answer that question, and this Children’s Ministry Series was created from your responses.

I want FFS to be a resource you will continually use as you minister to children. Thank you for your input! I love it!

Whether you are a mom teaching Bible around the kitchen table, or a Sunday School Teacher, or a missionary in the field, teaching kids about the Bible is a daunting task!

children's ministryIn this Children’s Ministry Series, I have invited some teachers of children to share their teaching tips, tricks, and helps with you.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Communicating with your volunteer team
  • Keeping kids engaged
  • Purposeful routines
  • Assisting parents
  • Teaching special needs children
  • Teaching character traits
  • AND MORE!!

I hope you gain some ideas that you can implement into your Bible teaching. Be sure to subscribe if you want to get all of the information. I can’t wait to learn more myself!!

For more lesson ideas, tips, and tricks, follow the FFS Children’s Ministry Ideas board on Pinterest:
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Giant Geography Unit by Continent

This Geography Unit took one year for me to gather and implement with my children, grades K through 2nd. That sounds like a long time, but we did one or two lessons a week and it was not overwhelming. The kids did not tire of the lessons either because by the time we finished one set it was time to begin a new country or continent! We read TONS of books and I had just as much fun learning as the kids did!

I also want to tell you about a GREAT resource. That info is below!

geography unitGeography Objectives for Children K- 2nd Grade:

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A Treasured Vessel: Family Bible Journaling Project

Olive oil was important to the people of the Bible. It was used for cooking and for light. The oil would be kept in jars of pottery, or lamps. Which was more important? The oil, or the vessel that held the oil?

treasured vesselIn this lesson of The Family Bible Journaling Project, the term “vessel” is explored. Keep this question in mind: How does the Lord use this metaphor to explain the gospel throughout the Old and New Testaments?

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8 Things I Wish I Had Known in High School

We all walked across the stage, one by one, to receive a document that took most of us four years of high school to earn. The robes were red, the hair was large, and our dreams were to reach the stars.

Being a 1990 graduate means I recently returned to my childhood town to gather with my classmates at our 25th reunion. It seems to be a hard decision for some to come to their high school reunions, but I’ve been to all of mine. For one weekend, every five or ten years, we are allowed to revisit our younger selves for just a moment.

I read this quote somewhere: “There’s something very spiritual about a high school reunion. It’s about life and death.

I have now found this to be true.

Why is it that it seems to take ten, fifteen, or even forty years to learn certain lessons? How come high schoolers aren’t taught, or told, truths that would save them time, energy, and tears?

Perhaps we were told…and we didn’t listen.

high school reunionHere is a list of 8 things I wish I had known in high school.

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