7-2-2014

by on July 2, 2014, under Children and Family, Family

Happy 4th of July.

Many of you are on vacation or at least have a day off for the 4th.  In my office I have been busy help churches get what they need for VBS.  Lots of VBS programs are planned for the next few weeks.  I trust you will be a part of one or at least keep the children and leaders attending in your prayers.

Don’t forget about my poor kitty without a NAME….. Still looking for name ideas???????

Things for your Calendar:

Spanish Single’s Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua this weekend.  July 3-6

Creative Ministry Workshop    All Nations SDA Church in St Petersburg on July 12   2-5pm

Creative Ministry Workshop    Northwest Dade Church on August 16  2-5pm

Creative Ministry Workshop      Apopka SDA Church on August 23   2-5pm

Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua  August 29-September 1  (See Camp Kulaqua website to register)

Creative Ministry Workshop     Maranatha SDA Church  on September 6    2-5pm

Hope to see you are these events.

Check out this for 2014 Children Sabbath program.

http://www.kidsministryideas.org/content/childrens_sabbath?ArticleID=53a0dff2c0225

This week I found the following idea and thought about you, so I shared it.

Got Prayer,  Family Ministry, Leadership

This family-ministry event equips families to pray together, and it helps make parents aware of their call to weave prayer into the fabric of their family’s everyday life.

Time: About three hours

Details: You’ll need a large activity area ,prayer resources parents can take home, a comfortable area for discussion, breakfast for your attendees, and various materials for
the prayer stations. You’ll also need several volunteers to help families experience the stations.

The Event: We kick off this Saturday-morning event with a prayer of thanks led by our pastor and breakfast for everyone. Then we have kids move to one section of the room where they do crafts, activities, and games related to prayer.

While the kids are learning about prayer, we have a pastor from another church talk with parents about how and why to pray for their children. The pastor leads parents in experiential activities to help them learn about prayer and about the difference it makes in our lives. We give parents a chance to ask questions and also to experience a variety of prayers.

Before the event, we collect prayer resources for parents, such as helpful articles (with reprint permission), samples of Christian parenting periodicals, our own tip sheet with appropriate Scriptures, and a booklet of ideas they can use. Parents are always interested and curious, and they willingly talk about their frustrations, fears, and joys when praying with their children.

For the second half of the event, we invite families to visit our developmentally appropriate prayer stations. Each station is for a specific age group and has instructions to guide the families’ prayer time. Here’s a sampling of our ideas.

Ages Birth to 2-We placed items on the floor toddlers could relate to, such as a large bandage, a photograph of a family and a stuffed animal. We had parents use each item to prompt a prayer of thanks for things such as love, fixed boo-boos, family, and pets.

Ages 3 to 5-We created a “church” using cardboard boxes. Families crawled inside and wrote or drew their prayers on the walls of the cardboard box. Then the entire family discussed
their prayers and closed by praying for each other.

Ages 6 to 9-We placed fire trucks and police cars on the floor. As kids played with the trucks, they said prayers forthe special people who help protect us.

Ages 10 to 12-We set up a television playing nonstop news and placed newspapers on the floor. Kids and parents looked through the papers and chose a news item to pray about.

Overall, we had at least 10 stations. Families were welcome to visit as many as they liked.

This event has been a great success. It’s very moving to see moms, dads, and kids bowing together before God. Many parents tell us this event has helped ease their fears of praying with their
children.

Have an awesome Holiday.  Safe travels.  Praying for the ministry and you.

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