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Newsletter 10-1-15

by on October 01, 2015, under IYM

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Luke 6:35

AS usual it has been a very busy week.  I returned yesterday from KIDMIN Conference in Chicago.  It was a great time of meeting new and connecting with old friends.  I always come back with more ideas than I will probably every use.  Team building was one of my focus areas in the seminars I chose to attend.  I relearned how valuable a team of good volunteers can be when working with children and families.  Making sure you continue to tell them how valuable they are and keep them in your prayers.  It takes a special person to be committed to the work of preparing our families for God’s kingdom.  My prayer for you is that you allow God to be your guide in this process.

4 Reasons to work in Children’s Ministry:

  1. You are making an eternal impact on a child’s life. What you do is immeasurable. It can’t be measured by a man–only God sees the extent of what you do. If you stay in children’s ministry, you’ll make an even greater impact!
  2. You’ll be a better student of the Bible. Naturally curious, children will make you study. “Why did Samson’s hair make him strong? What color was his hair? Did he really wear it in a braid?” Serving children will force you to know the word for yourself.
  3. Children’s ministry reminds us to be humble. I’ve seen kids giveaway their prizes, snacks and even their own shoes to someone who needed them or asked for them. Children are God’s perfect examples of compassion and sharing. We all need those kinds of examples. No matter how old we get.
  4. You have something to offer. Your unique life experiences, your views, your heart is like no one else’s. God’s love, filtered through your hands and feet can change the world.

You can do it! We need you!

Team Building Exercise: All Star

Give each person a piece of paper and have them draw a self-portrait.  Ask them to put their name on it (in case it’s not obvious who it is!).  You can spend a little or a long time on this first half of the activity.

When everyone is finished, stick them all up on a wall.

The second step of this exercise involves handing out some stars.  Each person should write a positive adjective describing each person and stick it on their self-portrait.

October 3rd is Children’s Day.  What is your church doing for Children’s Day? (This Sabbath will find me at the Pompano Beach SDA Church being a part of their Children’s Day Program.)

October is also Pastor Appreciation Month.

Calendar Updates:  Come and be a part of a workshop in your area. (See schedule below.)

October 3                    Children Sabbath Church Service Pompano Beach SDA Church

October 10                  Creative Ministry Workshop Emanuel SDA Church, Orlando

October 17                  Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks SDA Church, Ocala

October 24                  Creative Ministry Workshop Windermere SDA Church

November 14              Creative Ministry Workshop Plantation SDA Church

November 20-22        Blaze & Go Fish @ Lake Yale Baptist Convention Center

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability, because there is no work, no planning, no learning, and no wisdom in the next world where you’re going.  International Standard Version

I hope you will be blessed today in some way and that you will also be a blessing to everyone you meet.   Praying for you.

Until next week.

Splink 10-1-15

Pumpkin seed lesson 9-30-15

Florida Conference Children Calendar of events Revised 9-3-15

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Newsletter 9-23-15

by on September 23, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

“It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.” Deuteronomy 11:13-14

This is what is happening today: The arrival of fall often announces itself with crisp breezes and changing leaf colors. But autumn, as the season is also known, doesn’t officially begin until the fall equinox, which falls this year on Wednesday. Here is everything you need to know about the fall equinox.

In the northern hemisphere, the fall, or autumnal, equinox occurs every year in September, usually on the 22nd, 23rd or 24th. It is the moment when the sun crosses what’s known as the celestial equator, the imaginary line over the equator, that signifies when night and day are the same length.

Because the Earth’s axis is tilted at a slight angle, during all other days of the year, except for the spring, or vernal, equinox, night and day are not equal in length. The word “equinox” is derived from Latin, in which “equi” refers to equal and “nox,” night. The counterpart of the equinox is the solstice, of which there are two, during the summer and winter. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is the longest day of the year; the winter solstice is the shortest.

The exact time of this year’s autumnal equinox, when the sun passes over the equator is 4:21 a.m. Wednesday.

Tomorrow I will boarding a plane heading for KIDMIN in Chicago. I am looking forward to getting fresh new ideas for my ministry and then coming back to share them with you.  If you are planning to be there email or text me so we can meet.  It would be awesome to connect there and share some time together.  I wish it was a bit later in the fall so I could enjoy some of the fall changes that happen in other areas this time of the year.  This time of the year also reminds me that churches and children’s ministry plan Fall Festivals for the children in the community.

These fall activities can obviously be used any time of year but make great additions to an Autumn Celebration/Fall Festival for your church.  It’s a great time to get the whole family involved.

Bubble Bowls

This is a twist on your standard bubble blowing and is so fun that even adults like to participate! It can also be done indoors, which is great if some of your other fall activities are affected by the weather.

Items Needed: Bubble solution (you can purchase this or make a sturdy bubble solution by mixing 1 part ultra dish soap [Dawn or Joy are best] to 15 parts water [distilled water works best] OR 1 part regular dish soap to 10 parts water, adding 0.25 part white corn syrup or glycerin for even sturdier bubbles); bowls; straws; paper towels

Demonstrate: Pour some bubble solution into a bowl and demonstrate how to blow through the straw into the solution to make bubbles. Show students a bubble trick: Blow a big bubble in the bowl. Then, making sure your straw is wet (otherwise you will pop the big bubble), insert your straw into the bubble and blow a bunch of smaller bubbles inside. Then give each child a bowl and a paper towel to set it on. Pour enough bubble solution into each bowl to cover the bottom to about ½”. Give each child a straw to blow into the bubble solution (remind them not to suck!) and let them blow to their hearts’ content.

Artist’s Area Have a variety of artistic media such as paper, scissors, crayons, markers, tape, glue, coloring books, stickers, Play-doh with cookie cutters, etc. Have some things with a fall theme and encourage the kids to create a masterpiece.

Looking ahead: See the attached calendar for the rest of this year and 2016. If you would like myself or the team to come to your church in 2016 for a workshop, event or church service,  please let me know and I will get you on the calendar.  It would be a blessing to work with you in planning what would best suit you and your church’s needs.

On a personal note….I have attached a fun photo of the new puppy that now lives at my house. Just wish we could bottle her energy and excitement for life.  She makes me happy.

Also Please keep myself and those traveling this weekend in your prayers. May we have a safe trip, wherever the Lord leads us this next week.  Thank You for your continued prayers for this ministry.

Until next time. May your weekend be just what you need to refresh for another week.

Florida Conference Children Calendar of events Revised 9-3-15

Vanishing Styrofoam 9-21-15 Splink 9-22-15

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Newsletter 9-16-15

by on September 16, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

Good Morning, I hope this is a good week so far. It is for me as I am off this coming weekend and will enjoy being with my family for the weekend.  The past 2 weekends were spent with my “Camp Kulaqua” family for two awesome events….Family Camp and Couples Retreat.  Both were a blessing to all who attended the events.

Recently I spent some time with my granddaughter helping her read. She is in second grade and says she doesn’t like to read because it is “work”.  So I spent time attempting to get her interested in the world of reading.  I think we are making progress, but I find that reading is a task that some children are not attracted to.  We started to read a bible story book that told of the adventures of some of the bible characters.

I am happy to report that we are on chapter 5 and she wants me to finish the stories.   This is a great challenge for parents and teachers to make reading interesting enough for a child to want to do it.  Which leads me to this question. Are Children too busy for God?

If Isaiah 58:11 is going to become true for us, “You will be a well-watered garden whose springs will never fail,” then we’ve got to read, we’ve got to read, we’ve got to read! Quote from Dwight Nelson.

“Parents are their child’s first teachers, and the home is the child’s first school. One of the most important things parents can do to help their children succeed in school is to read to them early and often.”

Quote from Barbara Bush.

Fill your child’s world with reading. Take turns reading with your older child, or establish a family reading time when everyone reads her own book. Demonstrate how important reading is to you by filling your home with printed materials with words on them. The Bible was not originally written in book form. Paper was not developed yet. At first, people wrote in clay, in rock or on fibers like papyrus. Then they began making long strips of papyrus or parchment, rolling them up as scrolls. Make your own scroll by winding up paper on two dowel rods. [Have students choose a verse to copy, and roll it up on dowel rods like a scroll, tying with a ribbon].

Illuminate a Bible page. Medieval Bibles were hand-painted and decorated with beautiful art. Copy a Bible verse and decorate the edge of the page as if you were a medieval “illuminator” or artist.

[Print out Psalm 23 in a fancy font with wide margins for students to decorate.]

This object lesson isn’t just visual but kids can taste it too. (A bit of warning though—some kids are allergic to honey. Check with parents before you use honey in the classroom.)

Honey Object Lesson:

Supplies: Honey, graham crackers, napkins, plates

Prepare: Place all the ingredients for this object lesson on a table where you intend to teach.

Teach: I do love a sweet treat! Do you like something sweet sometimes? What is your favorite sweet snack? (Allow kids to give answers.) All of those sound yummy. Here in this bottle I have honey. Honey is a natural sweetener. Do you know where it comes from? That’s right! It comes from busy honeybees. It takes months to make a good amount of this wonderful treat. How wonderful of God to give us honey. It is the sweetest natural food you can find but according to the ancient text in the bible, there is something sweeter than honey—God’s word. Let’s read Psalm 119:103 together.

Can that really be true? Is God’s Word really sweet like honey for our souls? Yes! Let me explain. Who here has a favorite book? Maybe you like reading it a lot because it has mystery, or romance or adventure. You think about the book sometimes, remembering the characters you love. It makes your mind happy! Unlike other books, the Bible has special powers. It will make your mind happy but it will also sweeten up your spirit and your heart. God’s words on paper bring us comfort, love and help when we need it.

Let me ask you something. If you were to bake a cake, would you need sugar? Yes! If you baked a cake without sugar, it wouldn’t taste like a cake. You need that sweetness. God wants to put sweetness in your life too. How does He do that? By inviting you to read His words. Who wants a sweet snack? (Hand out crackers with a touch of sweet honey on top.)

Calendar Updates:

October 3                    Children Sabbath Church Service Pompano Beach SDA Church

October 10                  Creative Ministry Workshop Emanuel SDA Church, Orlando

October 17                  Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks SDA Church, Ocala

October 24                  Creative Ministry Workshop Windermere SDA Church

November 14              Creative Ministry Workshop Plantation SDA Church

May you have a great finish to this week and I will meet you back here next week, same place, The Lord willing.

Continued Prayer for you and those around you.

Splink 9-15-15


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Newsletter 9-9-2015

by on September 09, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).

After a very busy but wonderful weekend at Family Camp, this week finds me preparing for yet another event…The Couples Retreat at Camp Kulaqua (this coming weekend). Please remember to keep the attendees and presenters in your prayers.  God is awesome and it does us well to spent time daily singing His Praises by worshiping Him.

Worship is more than a Song: Worship, much like anything else, is a skill that is learned through teaching, modeling, and practice. Many younger children associate worship time with songs and hand motions; they don’t necessarily connect the songs to personal expressions of praise to God. Worship becomes an activity instead of a personal interaction with the Triune God.

I have included a few object lessons that you may find helpful.

  • Holding on to sin: Get a jar just big enough for them to put their hand through then put a ball in that just fits, ask them to grab it with their hands, now they cannot remove their hands. If the jar is one that you cannot see through so much the better. Then I tell them as long as they hold on to that ball of sin they cannot get free, but if you release it(the sin) you can get free. the other thing is that while they think nobody can see what they are doing when they sin, we know because they cannot release their hand.
  • Sin— a spool of thread. Have child stand up and wrap a strand around them and then have them break it by holding out their arms. Next time do a few more strands of thread, break, and see it’s a little harder. Another time really wrap ’em up… show how sin can become more and more harder to bread until we cannot break it at all. Only God can break the power of sin.
  • To Vanish Sin–have water in a jar and add drops of food coloring to represent sins. Then use bleach to represent how Christ can make us clean form our sins and pour the bleach into the water.

Calendar Updates:

            Couples Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua, September 11-13, 2015

            Children’s Day is October 3, 2015 (Plan to have a Children’s Day to celebrate the children in your church.)

            KidMin in Chicago, September 25-27, 2015

            Attention Singles: See attached Singles Calendar for September thru November and Register @

Hope the rest of the week is just what the Lord would want it to be for you. Again take time to reflect on God’s goodness.

Sending up prayers all around.


Splink 9-9-15


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