Your source for to-the-point reviews of curriculum, answers for your children's ministry questions, help with recruiting, encouragement for you and your volunteers . . . and a whole lot more!Lynda Freeman has 40 years of experience working in Children's Ministry. She has served a children's director for churches of 1600 people.
Almost three years ago, in a town not far from where I live, a tornado hit; three churches in this small community were damaged, seriously. One was a church which was 160 years old. The members of this church were understandably quite dismayed and disheartened to see the significant damage to their church. However; their sadness turned to rejoicing when the builders who began the work to rebuild brought them shocking news. As these builders surveyed the damage and began the work, they discovered nothing was holding up the floor of this old church building. The years had taken their toll and unbeknownst to the church members, their church floor was unsupported and about to collapse. The tornado actually saved them.
My oldest grandson is approaching a "milestone" in his life; he will be leaving the Children's Ministry at our church and entering the Student/Middle School Ministry. A big moment for sure!
As I thought about this the other day, I realized he has a Children's Bible. An actual Bible, yes, but a Bible designed for children with illustrations on the covers and features inside to help children read and understand the Bible. I especially like two of the Children's Bibles he has - the Investigator's Bible and the Children's Quest Bible, but they are Bibles for children and what new Middle Schooler wants to bring a Children's Bible to church with them?
So, I found some Bibles for teens and Zondervan kindly sent them to me for review - today I'm very happy to let you know about them, so you could share the information with the grandparents and parents in your ministry. Read more »
Last week I wrote about the statistics regarding how often children go to church. You will find my full post at this link, which if you did not read it, please take a moment to do so now.
If the average child in your church is only at church for one to three hours out of every 336 hours (two weeks), and in the best-case scenario they are there for six hours in the same time period, how are you best able to use the time you have to make the most impact on these children, so they choose to love and follow Jesus for all of their lives?
Excellent question. Fair question. Most importantly, a question you really do need to think and pray about. And one which should call upon you to act.
Which brings up another excellent, fair and needed question . . . how should you "act" based upon this information? Read more »
I'm very happy to share with you a simple tool which you may use to help you pray for yourself, your walk with God and for your daughters, sons, in-laws and grandchildren and their walks with God as well. What is this tool? The book - Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Mini Edition!
And, from tomorrow, May 11th at 12am through May 15, 2018 you are able to download the Kindle edition at this link for FREE! Yes, it is our gift to you, so please check it out, download a copy for yourself and share the link with the people you know so they are able to do the same!
When you think about the families of the children in your Children's Ministry you of course think of the children; we know who they are. They are the people between the ages of birth and nine, ten or eleven - depending on where your church ends Children's Ministry and begins Student Ministries.
We know who the children are - this one is obvious. But who else makes up the "family"? This may also seem obvious - clearly parents are part of the family, but there are more people you may miss when you think about the "family" of the children in your ministry. These "more" people are the grandparents. Read more »
Did you know Children's Ministry is a great fit for equipping grandparents? Did you know studies show most children go to church every other week? This means out of 336 hours (the number of hours in two weeks) children are at church for just one to three hours (depending on if they also go to the mid-week Children's Ministry - read the book, The Question Nobody Asks About Our Children for more info on this.).
Even in a best case scenario where a child is at church every time the doors are open, they are only there for six out of 336 hours. How is a Children's Ministry possibly able to hand down faith if a child is only at church for one to three hours out of 336? Which also leaves us with the question; "Is it the 'job' of the Children's Ministry to hand down the faith? And, "If it is not the Children's Ministry's 'job', then whose job is it?" Read more »
Yesterday (May 3rd) I was blessed to teach two breakouts at the 2019 CM Conference - North America. First I want to thank Michael Chanley for all the work he put into this conference - it was excellent! (And I'm so happy to finally meet in person after all these years!)
And, thank you to everyone who came to my two breakouts - Engaging the Invisible Army (recruiting grandparents) and Equipping Grandparents to Hand Down the Faith to the Children in your Ministry. You all were wonderful and I'm so blessed to have had you each in my breakouts!
And if you (whether you were at the conference or not) have any questions about involving grandparents in your Children's Ministry and/or equipping grandparents to hand down faith to their grandchildren, contact me any time - firstname.lastname@example.org (and if you want a free resource to engage families - just email and ask for Bible Journey Trusting God Event - I'll be happy to give it to you.)
One of the things we want to do here on Grandmas with Heart is let you know about resources which will help you hand down the faith to your grandchildren. Today I want to let you know about a new resource you could share with the parents and grandparents in your ministry, so they could use it to hand down the faith by getting their grandchildren to read the Bible with them - no matter their age or location. Consider this your invite to try it for a month!
Generations Quest will be launching in a few weeks, but I do have one month available for you to try for free. The idea is simple. Each day parents/grandparents and their children and grandchildren all read a few verses and think about a question or two. Once or twice a month they connect - in person, over the phone, on-line - however works for them - to talk about what they all are learning. Read more »
One of the things we need to do in Children's Ministry is to provide resources for the parents and grandparents to use to hand down faith to the children they love. Grandma's with Heart blog and facebook page has a fun, free resource which you could share with the parents and grandparents in your church. Get all the details and the free download at this link and show them just how easy - and fun it can be to hand down faith to the children they love.
Summer provides a unique opportunity for you to impact the lives of children and families in your church and community; an opportunity you are not likely to experience any other time of year. Why is this? Because the children are not at school all day - they could therefore, be involved in ministry opportunities to reach them and equip them to know and walk with God!
Children typically do not have such early bedtimes - which means you could provide opportunities to reach children - and families - and equip them to know and walk with God!
Summertime is a time when children - and families are often looking for something to do; which means you could provide opportunities to reach children - and families - and equip them to know and walk with God!