May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr The weather outside is “frightful” so they say, but I know all of you have a warm heart. As we approach the holidays I am beginning to feel the crunch for more time to get things done. I am sure that you are too. While the children await with anticipation we hurry about trying to accomplish it all. I have inserted an object lesson this week for grownups as well as the children. I plan to take the lesson to heart.
Tupperware Container Object Lesson: Last night, I accidentally left this slice of bread out when I was making a sandwich. How do you think it feels? Hard. Pass the slice around so kids can feel. What can I do with it? Do I want to use this to make my sandwich? NO There’s not much I can do except throw it outside and let the birds peck at it. Throw it in a wastebasket or cast it aside. This bread went bad because the air got at it. Things got at it that weren’t supposed to. As Christians, we are a little like this. We have to be careful of what we get exposed to, or we can also become hardened and spoiled.
Who knows what Black Friday is?? It’s the first Christmas shopping day after Thanksgiving. How many of you have been to the mall on Black Friday? What’s it like? It’s a mad house of people buying stuff. Black Friday is a great example of how we can become hardened. You get in with all those shoppers, all those people busting a gut over a good sale, and before you know it, we can become “hardened” to the meaning of Christmas. We can get so focused on what gifts we get and give that we can forget that when Jesus was born, he was wrapped in rags and his bed was a food trough. Christmas is supposed to be a time to celebrate humility and great things that come without a price tag on them—like the Messiah, love of family and the joy of salvation. And eternal life. Many of us can’t even remember to say “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”
Jesus wants us to have nice presents under the tree. But not so many that we become spoiled and not so outlandish that we’re in debt over it. We can’t get worried over what we will and will not get.
Open the Tupperware and take out the fresh bread slice. We need to stay close to the gospel message over the Holidays. Jesus said in Matthew 6: 25-26, “I tell you not to worry about your life. Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven
takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?” Verse 33 says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. And all these things will be added unto you.”
Close the lid on the piece of bread in the Tupperware container. “We can be preserved—we can stay soft—by remembering the words of Christ during the Holidays. He’s the reason for the season. “
This week I received a 2015 VBS kit…Yeah. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!!!!! March 14, 2015 @ 3pm “The 2015 VBS Showcase” of some of the Best VBS programs available for 2015. This will be here at the Conference office at our new location in Altamonte Springs. Representatives from several of the publishing companies will be here to showcase their VBS programs. What an awesome opportunity to network and plan for VBS in your neighborhood. More information will be posted soon.
I know that many of you have borrowed/loaned items from Children’s Ministry in the past. We still want to continue being a resource in this area. In the past year we have started a NEW Loaning Policy. (This is not a bad thing, it just helps us keep track better.) See the form on the website.
Our goal is to help as many as possible with your programming needs.
Check out the website for 2015 events coming to a area near you.
Praying your week is filled with thanksgiving and joy.
Romans 2:8: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–”
It is good to be back in the office after being off visiting with family and friends. Below is a fun activity to do with the children. (especially since we know how they love M&M’s)
M&Ms with a Christmas Poem
As you hold these candies in your hand,
And turn them you will see
The M becomes a W, and E and then a 3
They tell the Christmas story,
It’s one I’m sure you know
It took place in a stable a long, long time ago
The E is for the East, where the star shone so bright
The M is for the manger where Baby Jesus slept that night
The 3 is for the wisemen, bearing gifts they say they came
W is for Worship, Hallelujah, Praise His Name
So as you eat these candies or share them with a friend
Remember the meaning of Christmas it’s a Love Story that never ends
I hope that your schedule is not too busy to enjoy the “Reason” for the season.
December 12-13, 2014 Young Singles Weekend @ Avon Park SDA Church (see website for flyer and details)
Fall 2014 Happy Family Programs on Hope Channel and Loma Linda Broadcasting Network (LLB)(check website for schedule)
ASAM Check out website for area Singles Events Calendar
2015 Schedule Check out website for the updated schedule
The Go Fish Team would love to travel to your churches to equip children and parents with the tools in how to do outreach that is non-threatening to non-Christian friends and neighbors. This is done thru Nature, Interpretive Art, Science, and Skits (puppets etc). The program is planned to be worshipful and interactive. Email me for available dates and details.
Have a great rest of the week. Praying for ministries and the leaders of your church.
Until next week.
“I will never change my mind about letting my children into heaven or allowing them to experience the full measure of my love.-Your Heavenly Father”
The smell of spices and apples is in the air. (or maybe it is my new air freshener) Thanksgiving is drawing closer, it is my favorite time of the year. During family time review bible verses that talk about being thankful.
Psalm 95:1-6, Psalm 100, Psalm 107:1, Psalm 145:7, 1 Chronicles 29:11-13 are great examples. Make “Thanksgiving” a memorable time for everyone.
Idea of the week:
Take a Bible Story Picture (8×10 or larger) (The picture can be printed in color or the children can color it) and cut it into puzzle pieces and put them in a bag. Each child will grab a piece of puzzle from the bag. The children will keep their puzzle pieces to themselves until the counselor says “GO”! At this point, the children will try to assemble the puzzle and guess the storyline. This is an excellent way to start a worship talk.
Check out this video on YouTube: Total Health Expo Promotional Video http://youtu.be/AM0rWcHNlEg
Were you aware that this is available? Check it out!
Guardianship:An important, but rarely addressed, part of parenting is determining guardianship for your children should something happen to you that would render you no longer capable of raising them. Guardianship is the legal term for appointing the person responsible for the day-to-day care of a child or other dependent. The Florida Conference will help you complete the necessary legal documents to establish who you would want to care for your children should something happen to you. Please contact the Development and Planned Giving Department at 407-644-5000 to take care of this very important aspect of parenting.
Date to Remember:
Next Sabbath afternoon (November 15, 2014 3-6pm) Family Worship Workshop (Kirk Weaver, FAMTIME) at the Florida Conference Community Room. This is a workshop for families, leaders, anyone interested in learning how to make Family Worship real to today’s society. I will be looking forward to being with you for this great opportunity. Sponsored by Florida Conference Family Ministries. If you need more information just ask.
Check out our website for new information and other calendar updates.
After being on the road for many weeks I am looking forward to spending the weekend with my family. I trust you will do the same. Enjoy the rest of the week and keep looking to our Lord for direction.
Words to Encourage People Who Love Kids: Never give up you will reap a harvest!
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9
It’s a great day to love the Lord. We are in the “Harvest” part of the year. It is time to count our Blessings. I spent last week in the Loveland/Denver, Colorado area where I enjoyed the Aspen leaves falling, snow on the mountains and 81 degree weather. Yes, they were having a bit of “Late Summer”. The Summit we attended was on the “Future of the Church”. It is important that we pray for the church, leaders and people as we face the world in these troubling times.
Pray for the Creative Ministry Workshop team as we minister in the Deltona SDA Church this coming Sabbath. I know the Lord will bless as we fellowship with them.
Decorate Pumpkins: Give each child a small pumpkin and have them decorate it using paint, markers or whatever supplies you have. If you cannot buy pumpkins for the class orange construction paper would work just fine. Have the children write the Bible verse somewhere on their pumpkin and take it home as a reminder to pray.
“Harvest Time”Activity Puzzle: Remove the numbers from the puzzle to reveal a bible verse:
“3489T432h4e7n 09I4245 9w32i5l9l01 s342e3n3d4 9r20a491i9n 4o29n1 943y42o4u27r 4la5n754d3 4i42n8 26i7t64s482 s210e4a320s3o8n2, 410b4o3t5h6 42a5u527t98u3m14n5 a32n684d3 5s232p6r7i34n6g1 45r6a762i54n1s, 4s653o6 7t54h1a87t8 02y4o420u3 40m4a67y4 7g841a43t5h567e1r5 28i9n1 5y9o76u245r1 g4r57a899i1n2, 8n341e2w45 78w3i421n4e432 48a092n12d3 456o6i7l97. 346I74 651w6i543l6l6 7p5r345o6v76i6d7e34 543g56r872a6s356s9 i3n142 47t2h861e3 54f53i62e6l6d980s5 f5o423r1 4y654o8u09r32 43c5a457t6t87l9e1 1a356n76d2 7y62o1467u3 5w634i2l556l98 43e5a1t6 2a45n6d64 6b764e4 5s769a4t422i487s09f873i879e317d2.” 0D39e7u698t33e6r14o4n689o87m6y5 11:14-15
November 1, 2014 Creative Ministry Workshop Deltona SDA Church 2-5pm
November 15, 2014 Family Worship Seminar Florida Conference office Community Room 3-6pm (see flyer on our website)
December 12-13, 2014 Young Singles Weekend (Song of Solomon) Avon Park SDA Church Friday night thru Saturday night
2015 Calendar dates are being finalized and I will share them with you soon.
Check out the DC4K website: Linda Jacobs blog for Singles/Divorce
Have a great finish to your week. Use the activities above and/or share them with someone.
Keep Looking Up.
Conference Children Calendar of events
Be Awesome 11-1-2014
“There is none like Thee, O Lord; Thou art great, and great is Thy name in might.” Jeremiah 10:6
I am so glad to be back in Florida. This week has had it’s challenging moments, including the lack of electricity this morning My office is an inside office so I was attempting to work in the dark. I found myself getting very sleepy, but by 10:00 we had “light”. You never know how much the “little things” count until they are gone. As I mentioned last week I was out of town for children and family conferences. My head (and mind) are overflowing with information on ministering to our children and families.
Here are some statistics regarding church attendance: Regular attendance is 1-4 times a month, 80 % attendance is attending 50% of the time (about 15-18 hours a year). Most children/parents attend church 2 days out of 6 weeks. Most children spend as much time in Media consumption in 2 days as to what they get all year at church/spiritual training.
Things that will make a difference in a child church experience: If leaders commit to regular attendance, If a parent will serve (work in church), If the child has friends in church, If the child knows an adult cares, If a child is motivated by incentives.
My recommendation is that we think on these things and work to make changes.
Halloween Alternative: Family Storytelling Party
Start around 5:30 p.m. on a Friday. Tell each family to bring their favorite hors d’oeuvres for a potluck appetizer supper.
After dinner, lead the group in singing lively songs with actions. Then have people get together with their own family. Have each family decide on their favorite story about an experience that involved their entire family. Tell each family they need to prepare a skit about that story to present to the other families. Skits should be no longer than five minutes.
After the presentations, form groups of four families. Have these groups each sit in a circle. Give them a story-starter sentence, such as “Once there was a man who couldn’t figure out how to…” One at a time, have group members add one sentence to the story until the story is complete. Start the story with the person who has the most gray hair (the wisest) in each family group. Close your group time together by pointing people to Jesus as the consummate storyteller.
Another idea is to give each family a story that Jesus told so they can discuss what the story means. Encourage each family to be an important link in the chain of storytellers that spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Other ingredients for this Halloween Family Storytelling Party could include fun table graces, craft projects, free time for each family, large group games, get-to-know-you activities, outdoor games, team challenge races, face painting, a campfire, picnic meals, or a service project.
GO FISH This weekend (October 11 in New Port Richey, October 12 in East Pasco,
October 13 in Orlando Junior Academy)
Creative Ministry Workshop November 1 Deltona SDA Church
Family Ministry Workshop November 15 @ the Florida Conference Community Room 3-6pm
Hoping to see you at some of these events. All are FREE and Everyone is welcome to attend.
Have a great week. Take time to Praise the Lord and Pray for guidance.
Words of Treasure “Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27 ( 365 Days of Adventure, Zonderkidz Adventure Bible Devotions)
It has been an awesome day to far. I have been preparing my office so that it won’t be” lonely” while I attend the KIDMIN Conference in Columbus, Ohio and
the D6 Conference in Louisville Kentucky. These conferences usually are excellent for staying in the loop as to what is happening with Children/Family ministries.
Looking forward to coming home with lots of resources and being able to share them with you.
My tip for this week is: Encourage Your Volunteers
One Minute Motivators
With the start of a new school year, there is simply too much to do! Urgent phone calls to parents, issues with curriculum, classroom decorations, and promotional events all press for your time. Caring for volunteers often falls to the bottom of the priority pile.
Though preparation and planning are valuable aspects of leading a ministry, you cannot afford to neglect the health and welfare of your volunteer team. Taking time to connect with teachers and staff leaders is an irreplaceable part of retaining people who serve in the children’s ministry.
To encourage your team, start using these simple “one minute motivators” today!
- Make unannounced phone calls to members of your team. Simply communicating how much you appreciate them is always a welcome surprise.
- Give volunteers a special blessing by taking a moment to pray for them while on the phone or on a Sabbath morning.
- Pause at classroom doors and tell the workers how much you appreciate all they do for kids. (Encourage parents to do the same.)
- Tell volunteers that you are praying for them. Invite your teaching team to pass along their student prayer requests.
- Express praise for things you notice a volunteer doing well.
- Send handwritten notes that express your gratitude. In our electronic world, a handwritten note says, “You are worth the time and effort.”
Having said all of that…I trust you are blessed with great Volunteers to help with your ministry.
Check out the online Adventist Review (September 25, 2014) for the Week of Prayer Edition which includes the Children’s Readings.
October 5 North Area Adventure Day @ Camp Kulaqua
October 11-13 Go Fish Child Evangelism Program (see web page for details and flyers)
November 1 Creative Ministry Workshop Deltona SDA Church
November 15 Family Ministries Workshop @ Florida Conference Community Room 3-6p Featuring Kirk Weaver from FAMTIME Ministries
Topics: “Fun & Effective Family Time and God’s Awesome Story”
Praying for safe journeys and the Lord to continue to Bless you and your Ministry.
“Life isn’t about building walls and hiding behind them. It’s about breaking them down and expanding beyond them!” Thought of the Day!
Before the next weekly email it will be officially “Fall”. According to my calendar we are in the busiest time of the year. Having said that, I trust all is well and you are planning to stop and take a breath between all your comings and goings. Remember! “ No one takes as care of you like you do!”
Object Lesson: Let Your Light Shine Items Needed For This Free Children’s Church Object Lesson: flashlight (preferably a larger one like a camping lantern), small items to place in battery compartment like nail, key, nail clippers, old jewelry, etc. Before class remove the battery in your flashlight and replace it with junk. While teaching on “letting your light shine,” use the illustration of the flashlight. Act as if you are going to prove your point of a flashlight’s ability to make light by turning off your classroom light and attempting to turn on the flashlight. When it malfunctions, turn the overhead light back on and attempt to find the problem. Pull all of the garbage out of the light and replace the battery. We can’t shine very brightly for Jesus when we fill our hearts and minds with garbage instead of God’s Word.
September 20 Central Florida Singles Fellowship Lunch @ Kress SDA Church and “Saturday Night Alive” @ 7:30pm @ Diane Miller’s Home 996 Welch Hill Circle, Apopka 407-703-3050
September 26-29 KidMin Conference @ Columbus, Ohio
October 2-3 D6 Conference @ Louisville, Kentucky
October 4 NAD Children’s Sabbath
October 5 North Zone A Adventurer Fun Day @ Camp Kulaqua
October 11-13 GO FISH Gulf/Central Areas (See Website for locations and flyers)
November 1 Creative Ministry Workshop Deltona SDA Church
November 15 Family Worship Seminar Speaker/Presenter Kirk Weaver from FamTim @ Florida Conference Community Room from 3-6pm
Be sure to go to the Florida Conference Children, Family & Singles Website for more events.
I will be busy packing to go to KidMin and D6 Conference’s next week. Praying for safe travels and new ideas to share.
Have a great rest of the week.
Until next week. May God Richly Bless You.
Good morning, all……Sorry for not reminding all of you about the activities the last 2 weeks. I was on vacation and just totally forgot. Not an excuse, just an explanation . Please note the change to this weekends event.
Important: Due to the recurring afternoon showers, the Picnic Pot Luck at Meade Gardens has been cancelled. So get with some friends and enjoy a Sabbath meal together.
A reminder about what’s coming up. Next Sabbath, September 20th is a full day. We’ve got our Fellowship Meal at Kress SDA and a party that night at my place. So plan ahead to come.
Hope everyone is having a great day and a blessed week………..Diane
The Creative Ministry Team had a great weekend at Maranatha SDA Church in Miami this past Sabbath. It was a blessing to fellowship and present our workshop in their church.
A special Thank You to the leaders and teachers who took the time to attend. I find that the Lord always blesses when we are about His work.
In a recent email I noted that Phylis Washington (Director for Children’s Ministry NAD) is retiring soon. I know the Lord will continue to use her as she moves to another phase in her life.
She has a passion for the children and was an asset to the ministry. She will be missed.
Here is a resource for you to use.
Object Lesson – God shows his love for us by protecting us. When….
Materials: 1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
Small cup saucer or plate
What you will do during class:
You will pour a small mound of salt (about 1/4 of a teaspoon), representing God’s people into the middle of the saucer. Then you will drop a very small amount of pepper over the mound of salt. The pepper, representing harm or evil will then be removed using the plastic spoon. First you will rub the spoon vigorously over a piece of clothing to create static electricity. When you place the spoon near the pepper, it will attach itself to the spoon and can be lifted away.
What you will say: Today, I would like to show you how we can always trust in our Lord to protect us. Even when circumstances seem hopeless. This saucer can represent the world, that we all live in. I am going to take some salt and place it on the world. This salt represents God’s people. Now as we know the world is full of danger and evil. Let me take some of this pepper, and put it on top of the salt. This pepper represents danger, and it is right on top of God’s people. How can we remove this danger? (Allow for responses and explain how most suggestions would be hopeless or take forever.)
It may seem impossible to us, but God can do miraculous things. Let me show you. (Take the spoon and rub it to create static electricity, then lift off the pepper.) You see, sometimes we are faced with danger and have no clue how to escape. But God is always there for us. He can keep us safe no matter what.
See the Children, Family Ministry Website for Flyers and Central Florida Singles Ministry ASAM weekly events.
September 13 Maranatha SDA Church, Miami Church-wide Leadership Training
October 5 North Zone A Adventurer Fun Day @ Camp Kulaqua
Go Fish… equipping children with the tools to be Disciples of Christ in the spreading of His wonderful message.
October 11 New Port Richey SDA Church
October 12 East Pasco Academy
October 13 Orlando Junior Academy
November 1 Deltona SDA Church Creative Ministry Workshop
November 15 Family Worship Seminar, Florida Conference Community Room 6-9pm (This is a free seminar sponsored by the Florida Conference. Children, Family, & Singles Ministry
December 12 & 13 Singles Weekend @ Avon Park SDA Church.
Please update your calendars and promote the events in your churches and communities.
Remember to pray for each other and for me and “The Creative Ministry Team”. Have a great rest of the week and a Blessed Sabbath.
I enjoy getting updates and pictures from you. Please continue to KEEP IN TOUCH. Until next week…..
This week is a short week for most since Labor Day was Monday. It is great to get a break after a very busy summer schedule. I enjoyed seeing some of you at Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua this past weekend. The Family Tea was a success. It was fun to share a cup of tea with the families and fellowship with them.
Quote for the Day: “Someday all you’ll have to light the way will be a single ray of hope, and that will be enough.” Kobi Yamada
Also found this…Does this sound familiar? Change is often hard to do although it is often necessary in order move ahead in our ministries.
Creative Ministry Workshop Maranatha SDA Church in Miami September 6, 2014 2-5 pm
Adventist Single Adult Ministries Convention September 19-21, 2014 in Stamford CT. To register for the conference and make hotel reservations, please go to http://atlantic-union.org/ministries/singles-ministries/ . The speakers will inspire you and the run/walk event will energize you.
NAD Children Sabbath October 4, 2014 (Check out the NAD Children’s Ministry for a great program idea “Road to Salvation” complete program online for you to print and use.)
GO FISH for Kids October 11, 2014 New Port Richey
GO FISH for Kids October 12, 2014 East Pasco
GO FISH for Kids October 13, 2014 Orlando Junior Academy
Fall is just around the corner. Cooler weather will be welcome when it arrives.
Please keep in touch if I can be of assistance to you or just to let me know how things are with you.
Prayers are sent you way often. Please continue to pray for each other.