Archives For Prayer

I believe that small groups are the heartbeat of every children’s ministry worship experience. By no means am I saying that the other aspects of the service aren’t important. I am saying that small groups are where the intimate connections and conversations take place each week.

  • This is the time when a small group leader will talk more about the lesson and how it applies to life and the kids will chat more about it.
  • This is the time when a small group leader will model prayer and the kids will pray for their families and friends as well as each other.
  • This is the time when a small group leader encourages the kids to build relationships with God and others and the kids grow closer to both.
  • This is a time when a small group leader comes alongside parents and reinforces what they are teaching at home and the kids hear that additional voice speaking into their lives.

Small group time is such an important part of each week’s worship experience, and it requires a dedicated and committed volunteer to do it right. It is a time to listen to and love on the kids that we serve each week. What does small group time look like in your children’s ministry?  How do you find the right volunteers to be small group leaders?  What kind of training do you give them?

Recently, I was teaching a class of kindergarten through fifth graders on the Fruit of the Spirit, Peace. As a visual cue, I used Rembrandt’s painting of Jesus sleeping during a storm on the Sea of Galilee while his disciples were frantic.  I related the story of the peace that Jesus had even during the ferocious storm. The children found it difficult to relate to the peace that Jesus had during the storm and explained that they most understood and related to the feelings of the disciples.

As we discussed how to gain the peace like Jesus had, regardless of our circumstances and how worry steals our peace, I asked what worries them and what steals their peace. Their responses were candid and heart breaking
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The Habit of Prayer

Tammy Jones —  September 10, 2010

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The first time I ever read that passage, I could not believe what I was reading. In my mind, I pictured someone kneeling for 24 hours a day. “That’s impossible”, I said to myself and dismissed it. Later, I heard a pastor preach a sermon on this passage and explain that believers are meant to be in a constant state of prayer.  We are supposed to keep our line of communication with God open at all times.  We accomplish this by immediately confessing any known sin and asking for God’s forgiveness. Then, whenever we need to shoot up a request, God will hear us. That seemed a lot more possible.

With that explanation, I took the passage literally. The moment I open my eyes in the morning, I begin to thank God for the rest and protection He gave me through the night. When my head hits the pillow at night, my last waking moments are spent in prayer. Whenever I hear something on the news like a tragedy, a missing child or a soldier killed in war, I pray for the family. I pray for the posts on my Facebook account. When I think about a friend or family member during the day, I pray for them. Prayer has become such a habit for me, that I catch myself praying for people in the movie that I am watching!

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Praying Hands A couple of weeks ago, we started a new series here on Kidmin1124 called The Non-Neogtiables. In this series, we will look at certain activities and undertakings that can not be sacrificed in our attempt to “find” more hours in the day.  During any given day, our time is consumed with so many things including ministry, family, work, chores, relationships, and more.  None of these things are bad, but they all take time.  When we are prioritizing all the things that must get done each day, these items must be placed at (or near) the top of the list.  Bold them.  Highlight them.  Write them in red ink.  Whatever it takes, you have to make sure that these items get done, or the remainder of your list will be rendered completely meaningless.

The first Non-Negotiable we’re going to discuss is prayer.  Every day should be bathed in prayer.  Frankly, every day should start with prayer, end with prayer, and be punctuated by times of prayer as often as possible.  Before we jump write in to talking about prayer though, I feel like I should be a little bit transparent with those of you reading this.  I chose prayer as the first non-negotiable, not because I feel like I have mastered it, but because I realize how far short I fall in this area.  All too often, I find myself praying something to the effect of: Continue Reading…