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In This Issue of Children’s Ministry
Magazine: November/December 2012
A Life, Changed
Never doubt that what you do makes a difference.
Listen to how these adults’ lives were changed-thanks to a
children’s ministry leader just like you.
Discover the keys to unlock vibrant faith for children.
Faith, Funnies, & Chili Dogs
The Skit Guys have turned their comedy prowess into an even more
powerful message for God.
Spot the 4 hidden signals that burnout is near-and how to stop it
before it starts.
Dear Tech Guru
Easy and affordable solutions for your tech challenges.
Don’t miss these 4 unforgettable weeks of experiences that build
on kids’ excitement for Christmas!
Birth to 2
Animal song, gratitude action rhyme, how to soothe babies,
Nativity playset, plus more.
Ages 3 to 5
Thank-you prayer, Match the Baby game, safety tips, plus more.
Ages 6 to 9
Recognizing God’s voice, star of Bethlehem, kids reaching kids,
Ages 10 to 12
Connecting kids, fruit of the spirit, trusting God, plus more.
Countdown to Christmas, caring baskets, stocked-up
Celebrating family milestones, miniature Advent wreaths, instant
Preteen inclusion strategies, tips for prayer, an adaptive
Possible abuse, crying toddler, an off-key preteen.
Team building, Nativity devotion, 10 simple appreciations,
accurate background checks, plus more.
Every Sunday morning with our
2-year-olds, we cover the Scripture in our Bible Time and show them
pictures. But to be honest, I often wonder what long-term impact
that has on these little ones. Other than letting them know that
the Bible is God’s special book and we love to learn from God, I
don’t know if they’ll remember that this Sunday we talked about
Abram and Lot’s disagreement over the land and livestock.
There are other lessons we try to teach them. As they color
their page or eat their snack or go out to the playground, we talk
about how much we love them and that we’re glad they’ve come to
church. We repeat that we love coming to church and church is a
good place. Important lessons.
No matter what we do, though, we always sing “Jesus Loves Me.”
Some of them know it (okay, maybe one) and very few follow along
with the motions until we get to “he is strong” (big muscles!). But
I don’t care. It’s not about how many are involved in that moment.
To me, it’s about getting the most profound theological truths into
my 2-year- olds’ hearts and minds.
The faith foundation I want our little ones to have fits neatly
into that one wonderful and simple song-“Jesus Loves Me.”
“Jesus loves me this I know” If these children
were to go through life feeling unloved and rejected, they’d face a
lifetime of hurt. Instead, they’ll know that Jesus loves them
unconditionally and forever-no matter what they’ll face!
“For the Bible tells me so” Soon these little
ones will encounter a culture that’s full of relativism and
political correctness that can confuse their faith. This little
song gives them the foundation that the Bible-the Word of God-is
the authoritative truth for their lives.
“Little ones to him belong” Experts say that
belonging comes before believing. I want these children to know
that they belong to the One who loves them and died for them.
“They are weak but he is strong” I love that
this song captures that God is both good and strong-a very
important truth for little ones to know.
Jesus loves the little children! He loves Carson and Casey and
Lydia and Brady and Naomi and Zyan and Parker…and so many more.