Freebie Friday: Recruiting and Training New Nursery Volunteers

Church nurseries are often the first place where parents leave their babies for the first time, so it’s very important to ensure that this ministry area is particularly top notch.  As a kidmin leader, you have the responsibility of recruiting the right people and thoroughly training them to serve in your Nursery.  Where do you start?

Earlier this fall, I wrote a training piece for Sparkhouse’s Frolic Online to assist kidmin leaders with this task.

Recruiting and Training New Kidmin Nursery Volunteers

You can download the free guide here.  Happy Friday!

Back-to-School Bargains to Grab for Your Kidmin

Back-to-School Bargains to Grab for Your Kidmin

For as long as I can remember, back-to-school sales have always excited me.  As a student, I loved school so shopping for new supplies was something I always looked forward to.  As a mom, ordering new backpacks and shopping with my children for their supplies thrilled me.  (We kind of made a big deal out of back-to-school shopping!)

In this season of my life, shopping back-to-school sales look different.  Now it means snagging great bargains for our kidmin!

Ministry budgets can be tight, so shopping sales is a great way to steward your resources.  Take advantage of these phenomenal deals and save your ministry dollars.  Stock up now on:

  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue (liquid and sticks)
  • Pocket folders
  • Index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Laptops/Desk tops
  • Tablets
  • Printer ink/toner
  • Copy paper
  • Scissors
  • Storage bins/crates
  • Bean bag chairs
  • Notebooks
  • Notebook paper
  • Clipboards
  • Tape
  • Staplers and staples
  • Dry erase boards and markers
  • Paper clips
  • Highlighters
  • Journals
  • Planners
  • Bulletin board supplies (fadeless paper, borders, etc.)
  • Tables and chairs

Shop for these items in your local retail stores, online, and teacher supply stores.

What items do you stock up on during back-to-school sales?

International Children’s Bible {Review & Giveaway}

Bibles are one of those staple items for ministry to children.  (If it’s not, it should be!)  Choosing an age-appropriate Bible for children is sometimes a bit of a challenge because there are so many great options out there.  Here’s one I’d like to share with you that children will love.

International Children's Bible


The International Children’s Bible, the first Bible translation created specifically for children, has been updated and newly typeset in a large readable layout.  The Bible text is set in large type, with bold in-text subject heads that help kids easily find the passages they are looking for.  Also included are boldface words that correspond with a dictionary and concordance entry to explain word definitions.

A great new feature in this updated setting is a key verse index with more than 300 verses that are highlighted throughout the Bible for kids to read and learn.  The beautifully illustrated Bible story insert pages are in a style that children love and will delight their imaginations as they read and “see” popular Bible stories.

International Children's Bible


The Bible is easy-to-read and easy for younger readers to read on their own.  The size of the Bible is perfect for smaller hands to hold and navigate.  The colors used in the illustrations are brilliant and the drawings are not too young to turn off older elementary-aged children.


I would have loved to have seen a brief synopsis for each book, such as the author and an overview.  Giving children this background information could help them see the big picture of God’s story.  I also would love to have seen the highlighted verses in a bold color instead of the dull gray; this would help the verses stand out a bit more.  Lastly, I would have loved if the illustrations were in close proximity to the story it related to as well as a scripture reference provided under the illustration’s title.  I could see how this might cause some confusion for children.

All in all, I think the Bible is a great resource for children to develop a love for God’s Word.

To find out more, take a look at this YouTube video or visit their website.

Enter to win a copy of the International Children’s Bible.
I am giving away one copy of the International Children’s Bible to one of my readers.
Simply email me at and tell me your favorite Bible story!
The deadline to enter is 11:59 pm on Friday, May 20th.
The winner will be announced on our Facebook Page on Monday, May 23rd.