VBS for Everyone

VBS for Everyone

Summer is just around the corner which means vacations, beach trips, and, of course, VBS! Some families plan their vacation schedule around this beloved summer tradition. But is your church prepared to welcome all children, including those with special needs? Children with disabilities, exceptionally-abled, or special needs, no matter the term you use, there will…

The bridge that is: Vacation Bible School

The bridge that is: Vacation Bible School

Here’s how important Vacation Bible School is: Plus, almost everyone who’s ever lived near a church building knows: this is THE thing churches do in the summer for kids.  Which means, if you’ve been around the church world long enough, you’ve probably heard some good, Christian people actually complain about how “that family” always finds…

8 Essentials for an Awesome Kids Ministry Fall Kick-Off

8 Essentials for an Awesome Kids Ministry Fall Kick-Off

Yippee! It’s the end of the school year! For many parents and children, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. Time to prepare to enjoy shorts, swimsuits, and sand. For the children’s minister, though, summer means a busier schedule. Playgrounds and popsicles, VBS, and the dreaded volunteer recruiting for the fall. So, here’s a…

Children Need YOU for Christmas

Children Need YOU for Christmas

Put up the Christmas tree…..check. Bake cookies and take them to the neighbors….check. Choose gifts for loved ones….check. Attend holiday parties….check. Be present with the children in your Sunday school class or small group….check. Wait. There are so many things demanding your attention during this season. A good portion of them are beautiful, and sacred,…

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: Busy Holidays Are Not the Time to Lose Sight of Sabbath

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: Busy Holidays Are Not the Time to Lose Sight of Sabbath

Introduction Last night my neighborhood sponsored a hayride for our neighborhood trick-or-treaters who, like children all over the country, raked in the treats, sorted and traded, then ate themselves sick and bounced off the ceiling all night on a Halloween-induced sugar high that unofficially proclaimed the beginning of an annual holiday season packed to the…