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In This Issue of Children's Ministry Magazine: November/December 2011

cm0911coverIn This Issue of Children's Ministry Magazine: Nov./Dec. 2011

button_green FEATURES

Sick & Tired of Competing with Sports?
Feeling shut out by kids' sports programs? Here's the rulebook on how to stop competing for kids' attendance.

Don't Fence Kids Out
Where do we go and what do we do today to tear down the "fences" getting in the way of reaching out to kids?

Crazy About Parents

Want to move toward a ministry of mutual respect and support with parents? Here's your guide.

Windows To a Kid's World
Take a closer look at the kids you love so much-and help them each discover and learn to live their God-given identity.

Good Public Relations
A PR primer to boost your recruiting efforts.

The 12 Ideas of Advent
On the first day of Christmas, Children's Ministry Magazine gave to me...12 family-friendly ways to celebrate Jesus' birth!

button_orange AGE-LEVEL INSIGHTS

Birth to 2
Sharing gifts, the greatest gift, really woolly baby ornament, brain food, lifelong learning starts early.

Ages 3 to 5
Unexpected places, breakfast with the shepherds, Song of the Stars, Christ-less-mas, eenie-meenie.

Ages 6 to 9
Part the Red Sea, darkness vs. light, the spooner, the power of objects, and more.

Ages 10 to 12
Made new, creationary, Reverse Charades, kids in foster care, soul stuff.

button_pink IDEAS

Reaching Out
Birthday card blast, Christmas stockings, winter playgroup.

Family Ministry
Family Advent-ure time, Beyond the Brady Bunch, conduits for the gospel.

Special Needs
Love the whole family, sibshops, he ain't heavy-he's my brother.

Discipline Q&A
Chatty kids, non-listening kids, mocking kids.

Leading Volunteers
The most important person you lead, g.i.f.t.s. for volunteers, The Church Unique Vision Kit, fewer volunteers giving more time, dismissing a volunteer.

>>And much more...


chrisyj_85x85From the Editor:

Attitude is a funny thing. No matter how hard we try to hide it, we just can't. If you have children, you know what I mean. A bad attitude can show up with eye rolling, shrugging, skulking (is that a word?), and even grunting.
I've seen bad attitudes show up in grownups, too. In a meeting, I've watched the furtive glance across the table when someone is having a bad attitude. Crossed arms, texting under the table, body language that shuts out others. I've seen it all. Sometimes, I've even been guilty of these behaviors.
Attitude. You can't hide it. You can't fake it. In time, people know how you really feel. Whether you know it or not: What you believe is seeping out of you in your body language, your words, and how you greet folks every Sunday.
So what's your attitude about parents? We asked in a survey a few years ago and found out that many people in children's ministry have a low estimate of how well parents are doing in nurturing their children spiritually. If only parents would get it together, we'd reach children for Christ we secretly bemoan.
If you're not a parent, I'll let you in on a little secret. It's something every parent knows instinctively and battles emotionally. We're not always sure what to do. We look around and believe others are doing it better. And things happen rather often that somehow reinforce what we know in our heart of hearts-we're doing something wrong. We parents need help-and especially when it comes to helping our kids love God.
We need cheerleaders! We need people who believe in us, encourage us, support us. We need you!
Here's what we don't need to hear: That sure enough we're not very good at helping our children grow in their faith. That we're abysmal at using the take-home paper! If only we'd stop dropping our kids off at your ministry and delegating their faith development to you maybe our world wouldn't be going to hell in a hand basket!
Please give us parents what we need: Love us! Cheer us on! Be our #1 fan! For raving fan tips, check out "Crazy About Parents" on page 76 to get your cheerleader groove on.
And now let's hear it for parents! 2, 4, 6, 8…who do we appreciate!?

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