60 Summer Fun Activity Ideas for Kids

60 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Well, it’s that time again. It’s summer. We are taking a well-deserved break from school and enjoying the nice weather. It’s also the time when my boys start saying, “There’s nothing to do!” Translated, this means, “Entertain us, Mom!” I’m prepared this year! I’ve made up a list of 60 items that they can do […]

Thanksgiving Interview Idea for Children & Families


Having trouble getting the children in your ministry to talk with the older generations at your church? Here’s a wonderful project to get multiple generations talking together. Give each of the children in your ministry a copy of this interview (there are 2 per page). Have them interview someone in your congregation, trying to have […]

How to Encourage Kids to Read the Bible at Home

Ideas to get kids reading the Bible at home

Inspiring kids to hone their bible-studying skills is a dream we all have, isn’t it? My kids are pretty good about showing up to church with a bible (I do offer incentives) but I notice that sometimes the books don’t make it home. That tells me that during the week, kids aren’t opening the bible […]

Outreach Idea: Host a Parenting Class


A strong church focuses on the family–in whatever form that family takes. Whether a family is a single parent or a large blended family, chances are parents will face challenges they didn’t plan on. An angry tween who can’t seem to move past a divorce, a toddler with severe separation anxiety, a frazzled parent who […]

Family Ministries Ideas: The Lord’s Prayer


The Lord’s prayer is simple but perhaps that’s what makes it so powerful. The words of Jesus have resonated with humanity for 2000 years–long after he first spoke them. What better prayer example can we ask for? If you have a heart to get your families praying this prayer at home, give them some inspiration. […]

Getting Families Connected on Facebook


Everyone has a Facebook page. I knew when my Dad, retired Navy Seal and lovable curmudgeon, created a personal Facebook account that social networking could work miracles (not literally, of course). In a practical sense, connecting to families through a social networking site just makes sense when you operate a children’s ministry. You can send […]

Pumpkin Prayer

This time of year brings about a holiday that is often met with controversy within the church.  Some people choose to embrace Halloween and some people choose to oppose it.  Some churches host fall festivals, some hold trunk-or-treats, and some don’t acknowledge the holiday at all.  Whether you choose to celebrate or not is up […]

10 Fall Fun Ideas for Families


Fall is a favorite time of the year for many people.  We see God’s handiwork in the changing of the leaves and the relief of cooler weather after a warm summer.  We get to decorate with pretty wreaths and fun pumpkins.  We can pick up our favorite fall flavors at the coffee shops and put […]