Many churches have got used to PowerPoint projection in their services. But the church of St Peter's in Hackney, London has taken its engagement with technology to a whole new level this Advent and Christmas.
The stats show that the biggest percentage of the unchurched are families with kids. I believe the key to reaching the biggest majority of unchurched families is by reaching their kids. I have personally seen it happen hundreds, if not thousands of times. God can use a child to bring their parents to Christ. As […]
If you’d like to find out more about the history of kids’ Bibles, I can recommend Ruth Bottigheimer’s book “The Bible for Children” (from 1996) and Penny Gold’s book “Making the Bible Modern” (from 2004). Ruth Bottigheimer explains the whole history of making Bibles for kids, and Penny Gold focuses on the more recent work of […]
Higher total SBM use was associated with lower odds of happiness and higher odds of socioemotional difficulties. Greater participation in sports was associated with higher odds of happiness and lower odds of socioemotional difficulties. Conclusions. Further longitudinal research could inform future interventions to reduce sedentary behavior and encourage healthy lifestyles among young people.
A poem for children by Chris Duffett There I was, minding my own blinkin business When I was flung to another galaxy to shine Up above the Sky so high, like a diamond in the sky I wondered as a star, what are you doing God? Moving me around, sent to shine on the ground. […]
Over the years, I’ve written a lot about child dedication. Click here to see pages and pages of Child Dedication thoughts and ideas. However, I thought I’d say something about the process and event since it’s been a few years since I’ve written about the event. We’ve only made some minor changes in the last […]
2014 saw a staggering number of children affected by violence and sickness. "As many as 15 million children are caught up in violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine—including those internally displaced or living as refugees," the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on December 8.
Minecraft allows kids to express their creativity through designing and building. Kids can create mountains, clouds, prairies and more. Kids are looking for opportunities to express their creativity. If you encourage them to be creative at church, they will love coming. This can be anything from letting them draw out a Bible story to designing […]
1. Make it fun – I love fast songs fun songs, we have done “The Roundup” for over 10 years and our kids still love it. The round-up has nothing to do with Jesus it’s just fun. I try to be the best father I can yet I make mistakes our Father in heaven is […]
Last month Orange asked me to write an e-single (something between an article and e-book) on reprioritizing for groups at your church. I was excited for the opportunity because reprioritizing for groups has been my story for the past 5-6 years. It’s not been an easy transition, but we’re really seeing the payoff for hundreds […]
Kids have such soft hearts and squishy spirits. Why would you ever want to intentionally embarrass them? That doesn’t stop some parents from humiliating their little ones and not accidentally. Let’s face it—we all embarrass our kids eventually but that’s usually because we dress too trendy or too dated or say something that makes us […]
I believe this is the worst children's ministry rule ever."DO NOT TALK!"Why? Because kids learn best by talking and interacting.Because kids are not wired to sit still and listen. (adults either)Because kids are really not listening when they're not talking. They're daydreaming.Because Jesus asked a lot of questions when He taught and got people talking.Because […]
At any time of the year, but especially Christmas children seem to think they can have whatever they want. They simply don't understand the value of money. We have all been out with our children and they ask can they have this and that. Before you know it your ten pound in your pocket instantly […]
Christmas is nearly upon us, a wonderful time of year. I love Christmas, the excitement as we look forward to the Day itself, the lights, the tree with the smell of pine needles, carols, mulled wine, minces pies, the giving and receiving of presents. On the other hand it’s also hard work and quite stressful. […]
We have just one question for you this holiday season: Will you be heart-two-sizes-too-small Grinch or big-hearted, gift-giving, kid-loving Grinch? Does that question make you feel a twinge of guilt? Perfect! You’re right on track. Maybe you’re already brainstorming ways to spend more, buy more, and do more. Someone out there’s probably dreaming up an […]
Great children's ministries are great storytellers. When it comes to capturing kids' attention and communicating truth...story rules. The Bible contains the greatest stories ever told. And the greatest stories deserve the greatest presentation. Want to up the storytelling skills of your children's ministry? Here's 5 tips for sharing compelling Bible stories.