“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” John 13:1 Today on Good Friday, as communities of believers, we gather to reflect on […]
Christmas in Children’s Ministry is hard. It is filled with joy, remembrance, worship, unspoken expectations, and deep grief. As ministry leaders, you are called to be many things to many people all at once. It is easy to become overwhelmed or unphased spiritually by the Christmas season. It’s easy to focus on the wrong things.
You’re only a week away from Christmas Eve and Day services, with events in between.
And the last thing you need is to feel overwhelmed. But, let’s face it, you probably are.
You’re might be stress-eating cookies in the break room and downing your 4th cup of coffee of the day to stay on top of the events that will welcome old and new kids to church for maybe the first time ever or in a long time.
Christmas services feel like the stakes are high! And they are. This could be an opportunity for a kid to meet Jesus for the very first time.
All of us have pain in our lives. As children’s ministry leaders, some of us avoid dealing with our own pain because there is so much other pain that we see that needs to be healed.
We might feel we don’t have the time or energy to deal with the pain.
Maybe we feel hopeless thinking that nothing can take away the pain that we experience from our childhoods, family members, or the world.
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I love reading about Jesus’ interactions after His resurrection. One of the things that really stood out to me this year in reading these post-resurrection accounts is that, in the midst of the commissioning and sending, He set priorities for His disciples: love Me, follow Me, feed My lambs. It’s not anything different than the
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As a little girl, one of the main things I would wonder as I sat in children’s ministry or listened to Bible lessons was, “What would it have been like to watch this happen?” I’d imagine going back in time and observing Queen Esther take a deep breath before she stepped into Xerxes’ throne room.