Posts Tagged ‘children’s ministry’

The Children’s Bulletin: Which One is Right for Your Church?

Most churches distribute some type of bulletin on Sunday mornings as worshippers enter their sanctuary for services. For some, it is the entire service printed out – prayers, readings, and hymns. For some it is simply the Order for Worship, with names of those who are giving reflections. For the newcomer or visitor, it is a helpful aid to follow what might be an unfamiliar form of worship.

But what about the children? Sunday bulletins are not just for adults.

Easter Symbols – What do Bunnies, Eggs, and Bonnets have to do with Jesus?

Our Christian faith is rich in symbolism, both ancient and modern. Easter, after our period of study and repentance, offers us every opportunity to share the Love of God in Jesus Christ and to share our joy that He is risen indeed!

*Chocolate bunnies, meanwhile, don’t have much to teach us about Christianity. They are good to eat, and always the first to go from my Easter basket, starting with the ears!

A Christmas Pageant Moment of Grace

On Christmas Eve, we, the esteemed actors, gathered in the narthex dressed up in our bedsheets and other bits of hodge-podge costume, complete with Baby Joe in his peppermint-stripped Christmas suit — a kooky-looking bunch.

Easy Advent Song for Children: “Baby’s a-Coming”

Help children prepare for the birth of Jesus with this fun Advent song. “Baby’s a -coming, oh yeah…”

Dangerous Apps

What’s a parent to do when apps and social media sites pop up faster than we can get dinner on the table? How do we know what our kids are seeing, writing, texting, and receiving on those ubiquitous devices?

A Bible Study for Mothers – and Babies!

I’d learned that what I thought the moms wanted was probably not what they wanted at all. And what they wanted was changing as their children grew.

A Gift to the Christ Child

If I had any doubts about whether I had witnessed a child “giving him her heart,” the genuine offering of this gift was made poignantly clear when I discovered, after everyone had left at the end of the full atrium session – that there was one precious blankie left behind.

Children’s Advent Song: Prophets Show the Way

For those familiar with Godly Play, the lesson for Advent 1 is Prophets Show the Way to Bethlehem. Here is an easy song to match the lesson.

More Tips on Teaching Children a Song

Please let’s stop encouraging the notion that louder is better. I’ve seen weeks of work to empower children to sing freely vanish in one rehearsal where some director says “Louder!” to the children. They cannot share what they’ve worked on and there is no accomplishment in yelling.

How to Fundraise for Youth Ministry Mission: 11 Ideas

I have been collecting and occasionally devising creative youth fundraising ideas, which I want to share with you. But before I handing over my crib sheet, I want to stress the importance of thinking local when you do fundraising.

Bless This Child

Individuals and families come together through the waters of baptism to form a new family – a family of God to support, strengthen, and encourage each other on the journey. A journey that allows for the opening up to the fullness of the gifts given and ultimately leads towards an ever transfiguring likeness of the Risen Christ.

Advent for Everyone – Intergenerational Ministry at St. Barnabas

Something for everyone. Nourishment for spirits of all ages. Perhaps not the quiet and contemplative Advent event I thought I should offer (and, subsequently, that they should want), but what they actually need, want, and will appreciate.

Lights, Camera and Action: Bringing the Gospel to Life

Creating these films has been a lot of work, but it was well worth the time and the effort. We have given the kids an opportunity to engage the sacred stories in their terms, with their own words. These films allow God to be known to them and to us.

St. Martin of Tours: A Lesson Plan for Class or Chapel

In addition to being a very popular saint, St. Martin is also the patron saint of veterans – men and women who served their country in the military. Martin’s day, November 11th, is also Veterans Day. It is a time to honor and remember veterans, people who still serve in the military, and their families. It is also a time to remember what we can do to make peace and share as Martin did.

Tourist, Missionary, or Pilgrim?

Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end. Amen.

Warming Up Children’s Voices

Please let’s stop encouraging the notion that louder is better. I’ve seen weeks of work to empower children to sing freely vanish in one rehearsal where some director says “Louder!” to the children. They cannot share what they’ve worked on and there is no accomplishment in yelling. Yes, I know there are those in the congregation who complain they can’t hear the children, but is the potential shaming of the child on his or her musical journey worth pleasing that person?

Singing with Young Children

Song and singing is a cornerstone of Church School and Children’s Chapels. Singing is a noble expression of the human spirit. Through our breath and voices we are in the moment and through our songs we are brought to possibilities.

Tips for a “Medium” Christmas Pageant

I keep upping the pageant ante, and the year will come when I have to backpedal. But I’m here to say that it’s all worth it when you sit your children down and they vehemently defend the pageant as an offering to their parents, the congregation, and to God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Making Time for Kindness

Playing prosocial video games led to greater subsequent prosocial behavior in the real world.

Christmas Pageant Rehearsals and Commitments

Children (or an inter-generational cast) in a pageant have a “unique opportunity to communicate the Gospel lesson to the community in a special way.”