5 Quick and Easy Improvements You can make to your Kids Ministry Space

This month, I had the opportunity to tour an updated Kids Ministry Space in our area at FBC Loganville.  (If you are a Kids Minister like me, you enjoy viewing the Kids Ministry spaces at other churches to get great tips/ideas for the space at your church.) While touring the space, I noticed 5 quick and easy improvements that can be used in the Kids Ministry Space at any church.

  1. Use glass dry erase boards from IKEA in the hallway outside Class Annoucement Boardof your classrooms for announcements.  You can use colored dry erase markers on these boards for a colorful, but clean, simple look.  Share information with parents about upcoming activities or snacks you will be serving including any food allergy alerts.
  2. Use easy to change snap frames for your classroom signs in the hallway.Hallway Class sign - FBCL Does your church multi-use space (Sunday mornings, Wednesday night activities, and weekday preschool classes or homeschool groups that use your church during the week?) This is an easy, no hassle way to change out the classroom signs and keep your signage up to date.  Just snap open the top and bottom to change out your sign!
  3. Hang Bible Verse artwork in your halls.  I love how it plants seedsBible Verse Artwork - FBCL of scripture in the lives of our Kids and families and is one of the first things to greet them as they enter our Kids Ministry areas. FBC Loganville hung this artwork in their check-in area. (I like that they made a separate area on the left  where 1st time visitors can fill out paperwork away from the flow of the regular families checking in each week.)
  4. Use easy to change sign holders for your classroom notices.  These snap open on all sides and would be Classroom sign holder - FBCLgreat to use for class schedules, fire drill/evacuation information, or other important notices.  They have 4 sides that snap open to easily change out your class information.
  5. Use large poster frames in your hallway.  These frames can Poster frames - FBCLhold posters from what you are studying this month in Sunday school, large poster prints of Kids Ministry activities or pictures of kids in your ministry.  With the easy snap open sides, it makes changing the large prints on a monthly or quarterly basis much easier.

A big thank you to Keith Wages, Families Ministry Pastor, at FBC Loganville for sharing the links where they purchased the glass dry erase board and frames!

Easter Ministry Project

A great ministry project for spring time is to create an Easter Basket for a senior adult or a shut-in.  Holidays can often be a tough time for our senior adults who have lost a spouse and are living alone.  Having your family or Preschool/Children’s Sunday school Class gather items to put in a basket is a great way to bless them and it provides an opportunity for our kids to learn how to minister.

Below are some examples of items to include in the basket:

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Hand soap

Lip balm

Hand lotion

Tissues 

Hand sanitizer

Note cards

Easter candy

Cross word puzzles

Candle

Card(s) created by the children

Easter plant/flower

Adult coloring book

Colored pencils

Nail polish

A small gift card 

Some favorite coffee/tea

Once you have collected the items and assembled the basket, find a time to deliver it as a family or Sunday school Class.  It will make their day!

A New Journey Begins

 

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Many of us find ourselves on a life journey in which there are often roads and detours that we wouldn’t have chosen.  However, God’s plans are different from our plans . . .

Early in my ministry, I was on staff at a church that I loved!  The church let me learn how to do ministry as they supported me, encouraged me and loved on me.  But I had to leave . . . God called me to seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  I loved serving at that church, but God had other plans . . .

Fast forward a few years after seminary, I loved doing ministry on another church staff and couldn’t imagine serving anywhere else.  God sent some incredible students through the youth group during those years and I loved it as we studied Experiencing God and the Mind of Christ together.  To watch them grow deeper in their faith and to be a small part of the journey was incredible!  In the midst of the joys and challenges in ministry, I became a young mom. As a young mom and minister I claimed Proverbs 3:5-6.  

During this season, God opened an incredible door for me to step through in 1998 at 30 years of age.   I began to serve as a State Missionary in Discipleship Ministries at the Georgia Baptist Convention.  The position focused on my areas of passion – Kids and Family Discipleship and Bible Drill.  I couldn’t believe it – How God wove all of this together and opened this door.  I loved being a State Missionary and working with leaders across the state of Georgia.  The opportunities of seeing kids grow in their faith through learning Bible Skills and participating in Bible Drill, helping equip new Kids Ministers and networking with experienced Kids Ministers were true blessings.   In January 2019, I found myself at a new fork in the road.  God had a different plan, a different path. He’d been preparing my heart again for the next step and journey and I just didn’t realize it.  .  . So after almost 21 years of ministry with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, I am trusting God to lead me on this new leg of the journey.  During this phase, He is teaching me the importance of being still and waiting for His “road signs” along the way. 

With this blog/website, I’ll be sharing about this journey in ministry and what God is teaching me, as well as sharing blog articles on ministry passions (Kids Ministry in general, kids/family discipleship, Bible Skills, Bible literacy, Leading kids to Christ, new Christian discipleship, VBS, missions, prayer, etc.), some of my creative passions (scrapbooking and card making), as well as a few family updates along the way.

I am trying (even though I am a “Martha”) to be more like “Mary” and sit at Jesus’ feet more often and for longer periods of time – instead of allowing the busyness of life to draw me away . . .

The beach, in the early morning, has always been a place for me to “sit” and remember to Be still, and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10.  The picture above, taken on our mission trip working with a church planter in Hawaii in 2017, is a perfect illustration and reminder to me.  The road reminds me of the journey. Seeing the beautiful scene of the ocean ahead is a reminder of our wonderful creator and for me to take some moments today to be still and know that He is God. . .

Thank you for joining me on a new Journey through life and ministry!