This Week in Children’s Ministry for 7/14/2010

It’s time for my midweek round-up of interesting links and news from the world of kids ministry. I trust you will find something helpful in this list to improve the ministry in your church. Once again, I’ve limited the number of items to make it more readable. Enjoy!

Keeping kids safe in the Internet is an important issues. Sam Luce has just posted 10 Commandments of Online Safety for Kids. Check it out. It might be good to handout to parents in your church.

The recent interest in family ministry is continuing. In the big picture this is nothing new, only new to our generation. Protestants have long valued family worship and the religious life of the home. Here is a helpful reminder that the Home is Church Too.

Charging a fee for VBS is still controversial in some congregations. There are pros and cons to the Vacation Bible School registration costs. JC has a helpful post on this discussion, “Why do you charge families to attend VBS?

Living out the fruit of the Spirit is important for all believers. I ran across this helpful game that will help kids memorize them. It’s from the Scripture Ladies’ blog and titled “Fruit of the Spirit Pie.”

Some health experts are recommending all kids be tested for cholesterol. Read about this news story on the NPR blog.

Do kids belong in big church? Are they essential to the faith community or just a distraction for parents? The Forming Faith blog asks Children in worship … or not.

Lin from Effective Children’s Ministry asks the question, “What does fun means?” Speaking of fun, check out these cartoons about Sunday School.

Divorce is a big problem for kids. It shakes up their whole world and leaves them powerless & confused. The CentriKid blog just posted a helpful article on how we can respond. It’s titled Ministering to Kids in Divorce.

VBS is making the news in many areas. Here is a story from Dayton, OH on how some churches are putting a new spin on Vacation Bible School.

Brittany Sky has posted some lesson outlines about caring for God’s creation. Here is the first one about recycling and the second about water preservation.

Read this tips about taking photos at VBS. This is great advice whenever you want to capture moments from your children’s ministry.