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Christmas on a Budget

Wendy Douglas —  November 9, 2011


That’s right…I said it…Christmas! I know it’s only November, but in Children’s Ministry we start thinking months in advance about the holidays and Christmas is no different. I wanted to share with you some free resources that are available for your ministry.

Here on Kidmin1124 we have been talking about helping kids cope with divorce. One of the ways that we can start a dialog with our children is through reading. I wanted to share a list of books for kids about divorce that you can pass on to the families you serve each week that are going through this difficult time and may be having trouble talking with their kids about it.

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So you’ve signed on to be a small group leader in children’s ministry. You’ve met with your director and know the expectations and basics for service on Sunday. They’ve shared the vision for the ministry and what the lesson will be for the series coming up. You  have your t-shirt and are ready to serve next weekend.

Then it hits you…the kids might ask you questions…questions you might not know the answers to!

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Last Thursday, we did our second Kidmin Volunteer Radio show and talked about volunteer resources.  There were so many that the show actually ran 20 minutes long and we still didn’t get to everything.  Here are the resources mentioned in the show with links where appropriate (I will add links as time permits, but I wanted to get the list out as soon as possible).  How about you?  What resources would you add to this list?  Do you have any comments on the resources included?  Let’s keep this conversation going!

Books About Children

  • Come Ye Children, Charles Spurgeon

Books About Children’s Ministry

  • Collaborate Family + Church, Michael Chanley plus 35
  • What Matter’s Now in Children’s Ministry
  • Think Orange, Reggie Joiner
  • Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School, Aaron Reynolds
  • Shift, What It Takes To Finally Reach Families Today, Brian Haynes
  • Transforming Children in Spiritual Champions, George Barna
  • Turbo Charged, Dale Hudson & Scott Werner
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There’s a new conference in town and I am very excited about it. Group is hosting a children’s ministry conference October 7-10, 2011 in Chicago. There are many speakers such as Jim Wideman, Greg Baird, and Dale Hudson to name a few. You can find the complete listing of speakers here:

I would have to say what excites me most about this conference is the Connect Groups. This is an opportunity where people in similar ministries can get together and chat, exchange ideas, and get to know each other in a small group type of setting. There are 20 different Connect Groups listed so there is something for everyone. You can find the complete listing of Connect Groups here:

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VolunteeringAroundTheInternetI just finished up another Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol earlier this week on Dad in the Middle, so it seemed like a good time for another installment of Volunteering Around the Internet with some of the best volunteering related posts from the last several months.

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A Resource Closet for Free

Tammy Jones —  December 27, 2010

Any Children’s Ministry, large or small, needs a Resource Closet. This is the place that volunteers go to find craft materials, curriculum, puppets, items for object lessons, etc. Basically this is where anything and everything is stored that could possibly be needed by anyone and everyone working with kids. Here are a few tips to help you set up a Resource Closet at no cost. (Yes, I said free.)

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imageSeveral months ago when I was searching ITunes for podcasts about children’s ministry, one of the first ones I came across was Children’s Ministry Talk featuring Dick Gruber and Jason Rhode.  Every week, or so…, they tackle issues related to children’s ministry and handle questions from their listeners.  Both are experienced children’s ministers who have previously served as Children’s Pastors and now serve in a volunteer position in their church.  They are also both professors of Children’s Ministry University Online.

Several weeks ago, I sent an e-mail to Dick and Jason to ask them to add to their ever-growing list of children’s ministry related blogs.  In the e-mail, I threw in a couple of questions related to volunteers, namely: Continue Reading…

VolunteeringAroundTheInternetI like reading. I really do, and part of that love of reading has transferred into a love for blogs – particularly for those related to children’s ministries.  For well over a year now, I have been compiling a monthly listing of blog articles for Dad in the Middle known as The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol.  In that recurring post, I pull from the hundreds of blogs I follow to compile and categorize a list of the month’s best children’s ministry related posts.  One section of the The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol each month is dedicated to articles for and about volunteers.  Even then, there are not generally that many posts in that area.  That is one of the reasons we decided to start Kidmin1124 in the first place.  I don’t intend to start a Volunteer Blog Patrol here on Kidmin1124, but there are occasionally articles related to volunteers that I thought would be useful to the readers of this blog.  Here are some great posts related to Volunteers and Volunteering which have been posted this summer (including May).

Posts from around the blogosphere

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Fun & Games

Wendy Douglas —  July 22, 2010

One of my favorite things to incorporate into our Sunday morning experience is large group games. Finding a game that compliments the lesson can be a challenge when you aren’t using a standard curriculum. Most curriculums contain a game within each week’s lesson plan, but even then you may have to adapt a game that works better for your kids. You can find many books, websites, and even television shows that will help with this.

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