I opened my inbox this morning and saw an email from my friend Michael Chanley, who is offering a phenomenal opportunity for Children’s Ministry leaders to attend the brand new Children’s Ministry Conference, which will take place in Louisville, KY on April 15-17, 2015.

Here are the details from Michael’s email:

I’ve never been so excited to write an email! 
Before Jesus sent out his twelve disciples in Matthew 10, he said to them, “Freely you have received, freely give.” Well, I like to think this principal of generosity was not just for the twelve he sent out. I believe it is also for all of us who follow Him. I’m excited because we have received freely; so, we get an opportunity to give freely!
Last week we sent out an email to let everyone know our early rates had been extended until the end of the year. Now, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we have been able to create a code to permit a limited number of people to join us for free. Yep, while supplies last, absolutely 100% of registration costs will be covered!
Free! Free! FREE! Merry Christmas!!!
The challenge I would like to present to YOU is simple:
Will you help us get these free registrations 
to the right people? 
We want this blessing to go to serve churches in need. It’s not an unlimited offer; so, please, if your church will cover your expenses then we ask you to not use this limited code. If you can’t afford to cover your own travel and lodging, please let someone else take advantage of this opportunity. However, if your church is going through a hard season, your budget has been exhausted or you are under-resourced, this is definitely for you… just act quickly before the free passes are all gone!
Send this message to someone in ministry who might not otherwise be able to get training. Let’s play this blessing forward and, together, serve more churches!
Pray about it… make sure you can be there… then, use this registration code: MATT_TEN8B to get in free… oh… and please let someone else know!
Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Michael Chanley
Executive Director and President of CMConnect Global
Founder of CMConnect

Christmas Memory Book

December 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

I am always on the hunt for new resources to supplement our kidmin programming, especially around the holidays.  What’s in the Bible?’s new Christmas Memory Book is one that we’ll definitely pull from this year.

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The Christmas Memory Book is a 14-page downloadable resource that older children can do on their own or that younger children can complete with help.  The variety of activities contained within are Bible-centered, fun, and great for sparking good family conversations.  Children will enjoy activities such as:

  • a Bible scavenger hunt (this is one our elementary students will do)
  • a Christmas letter to Jesus (this is another one our elementary students will do, especially since our Advent memory verse is displayed on the page)
  • a Christmas song match game (our preteens will LOVE this one!)
  • a Christmas memory interview
  • coloring pages
  • and more!

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Hi friends! Several weeks have passed since I’ve last posted.  Like you (I’m sure), we have been busy getting ready for Christmas.  Here’s a snippet of what’s been going on in my kidmin world as we’re making final preparations:

For Everyone

Our Worship Arts department selected “For Everyone” as our theme & sermon series for Advent. We are learning how Jesus came for EVERYONE.  Each year our Children’s Ministry provides Advent devotionals for our families, so we wanted to try our best to factor this theme into our decision regarding our selection.  Originally, the theme of “Born for the World” was tossed around, so we chose one that fit that theme (even though it was reworded to “For Everyone”).  We landed on this devotional from Creative Communications.  We have heard a few parents tell us this was the best Advent devotional we’ve selected so far.  Yay!

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Deck the Halls

On the first Sunday in Advent (Sunday, November 30th), my church held an all-church event where our entire congregation (including children) were invited to come out to decorate the church, make crafts (including an Advent wreath) and enjoy a meal together.  Started last year, Deck the Halls is one of the few all-church events we offer throughout the year and it’s so much fun!

Sunday Programming

All of our kidmin Sunday programming for Christmas will obviously center around the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  For younger children (toddlers & preschoolers), the lessons will be simple, as this might be the first time many of them hear about the Christmas story.  Since many of our older children (elementary students and preteens) have heard the Christmas story before, we are being intentional about helping them personalize the story in a different way, while having lots of fun of course.  I’ve incorporated some ideas from ideas I’ve collected on Pinterest.  You can check out my kidmin Advent & Christmas board here.  There are over 230 ideas!

Worship Time

Each year, our Pre-K children – 5th graders lead the worship for our family Christmas Eve services, so on each Sunday during Advent (during their regularly scheduled kids’ worship time), they practice the songs they will sing.  This year, we added our 3 year-olds to our worship time and they are just precious. Songbooks, CDs and a video showing the motions are provided to families so that children can rehearse at home.

Christmas Eve Services

Every year, our church holds four (4) Christmas Eve services, with the first two being designed for families.  Children’s Ministry works closely with our Worship Arts department to plan and implement these two services, which will include:

  • a welcome/call to worship given by yours truly
  • lighting of the Advent wreath by two families
  • our 3 year-olds – 5th graders leading the families in worship
  • several older students sharing a special reading
  • a solo by one of our older students
  • a family friendly (and shortened) sermon
  • candlelight ceremony (we provide battery-operated candles for children)

Just a few things we’re doing to get ready for Christmas.  I’d love to hear (and see!) what you’re doing.  How are you getting ready for Christmas?