Part of what I love about teaching children’s church is the fresh insight I gain as I study the Bible story for the week. As I write, I’ve just taught the story of Achan’s hidden sin in Joshua 7. The Israelites had recently routed the walled city of Jericho. As a whole, they must have… Continue reading No Secret Sins
Last Sunday, my children’s church class was somewhat of a fail. I won’t say it was an epic fail, but it was pretty close. (If you're curious, you can read more about it here.) Through that experience, the Lord certainly reminded me of my need to rely not upon my own experience or abilities,… Continue reading How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?
On Palm Sunday, as we do every year, we celebrated the Easter season with our junior church class. I prepared a full-fledged lunch and treats the kids always love, and planned a few games and activities. And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him… Continue reading Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail!
Because we work in children’s ministry on Sunday mornings, my family and I don’t often hear sermons during that time. On one hand, I enjoy the spiritual health I maintain by studying on my own. Seeing a familiar Bible passage in fresh light, as I often do with the children’s stories I teach, is an… Continue reading Honey for Warriors
Last Sunday, I asked my junior church class (ages 4-12) what they might like to add to our class time in the coming year. You can imagine their responses, everything from field trips and game days to outdoor classes and nap time...maybe outdoor nap time? And of course, more snacks. A teacher can never bring… Continue reading More Snacks, Please!
To me, the best thing about my birthday each year is my family’s gifts of time. The gifts themselves are lovely, of course, and as we celebrated my birthday this past weekend, I enjoyed opening every single one. My kids picked out a super cool Star Wars t-shirt for me, with a floral Storm Trooper… Continue reading The Gift of Time
A dear friend once told me that she likes serving God behind the scenes, doing jobs that will most likely not receive the praise of men. In that way, she knows that her motivation to serve will be pure. She has done many such jobs in her life: cleaning the church, working in the nursery,… Continue reading Secret Service