Cookies for Santa

Making cut-out cookies with children is an event that involves flour on the floor, frosting on faces, and sprinkles… well, pretty much everywhere. It’s been a cherished family tradition for as long as I can remember. Cut, bake, and decorate. Be sure to allow lots of time. It’s okay to teach that you get more…

Finding peace

Advent is the four-week season of the church year that precedes Christmas. It is a time when we focus on preparing our hearts and we celebrate the gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love that God has already given us through Christ. How can we find peace in this chaotic season? Here are 3 suggestions:…

Angel in a blue dress

If you have worked in Children’s Ministry as long as I have, you undoubtedly have a stash of crooked angel halos, tattered shepherds’ gowns, and assorted containers fit for exotic gifts from the East. Children and the nativity story belong together. Does your heart swell when a gracious child invites awkward Joseph and uncomfortable Mary…

I’ll put it on your list.

I have witnessed impatient parents scolding their tantrum-throwing children in more stores than I can count. The scenario usually goes something like this: Child: “Can I have this?” Parent: “No. Put that back.” Child (louder): “But I want it!” Parent: “I said no.” Child (louder): “BUT I WANT IT!” Parent (louder): “1…2…3…” Parent tip: “I’ll…