A different kind of weary

After leading a big program or event, there is physical and mental weariness. Ask anyone who works in Children’s Ministry, and they’ll tell you “There’s no tired like VBS (Vacation Bible school) tired.” After extensive preparation, managing volunteers, and maintaining safety and integrity of the ministry, juggling all aspects of a big program is exhausting….

I’m lost.

Some words seem to have a different meaning for kids than they do for adults. One of those words is “LOST.” Getting lost means a lot of different things to grown-ups. If grown-ups don’t know where we are, we say we’re lost. If we don’t know where we’re going, we say we’re lost. If we…

Let’s think about thinking.

My mind is racing. My brain is full. It’s that time of pre-Vacation Bible School frenzy that Children’s and Family Ministers experience every summer. So this morning I decided to write about something completely unrelated to VBS and hope the fog lifts or at least clears enough so I can see my way to the…

“Flat Jesus” and Look for God

For the past few summers our church has handed out laminated paper cut-outs of “Flat Jesus” and encouraged people to take one wherever they went. It was a simple, tangible way for us to remember that God was with us on vacation, at the beach, on a mission trip, at the zoo, or anywhere! Church…

Are you a rusty old pitcher?

This is a very basic message that could be tweaked for a children’s sermon about how everyone has a purpose. It could be a group devotional, personal reflection, or any time you need a reminder that you are beautiful and valuable. When you are open and available to be filled with God’s love, God can…

Lifeblood

I work as Director of Family Ministry in my church, and I rely on others in order for our ministry to be fruitful. Above all, I depend on God, and the support of clergy and family are crucial, but without other people I could not be an effective leader. Who are those other people? VolunteerIf…

Holy week in pictures

The week leading up to Easter is a special time in the Christian church called Holy Week. We remember the events preceding and surrounding Jesus’ death. It is a week filled with excitement, danger, and sadness, but it is mostly about love. In order to experience the joy of Easter, it is necessary to understand…

Jesus’ ministry in pictures

Children from my church drew these pictures to help tell the story of Jesus’ life and teaching. This collection of drawings does not include Jesus’ birth and childhood or his last week before he died and was resurrected, but it will depict some of the ministry and miracles of Christ. There is so much more…

“So now you live here.”

“God used to live here and then he died so now you live here,” a preschool child told me matter-of-factly as he walked out the church door after chapel. I told him that God is indeed alive, and he bubbled with excitement. “Do you mean that God is alive RIGHT NOW?!?!” His eyes opened wide…

Show the beautiful side.

I’ve had this artwork for a few years now, but I’m not getting much enjoyment out of looking at it. It’s kind of boring, actually. I mean, the brown edges are nice, and there’s even a little silver detail on the top, but, to be honest, I would like this picture better if it had…