Chocolate Chip Cookie Salvation Object Lesson


On Easter Sunday this year I decided I wanted to share the "Easter Story" in a new way. I knew that many of my kids would have already heard the story many times, and I had to make it fresh to keep their attention. I was inspired to do a cooking object lesson because I love a good excuse to make something in the kitchen. Kid's ministry and cooking are my favorite talents/hobbies, so I instantly thought of chocolate chip cookies. It's a food all kids love to eat, and it's easy to make in bulk! I started googling chocolate chip cookie object [...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Salvation Object Lesson2020-07-06T22:21:54-07:00

JumpStart3 Music Review


I recently had the opportunity to host and get to know Jeff McCullough, the creator of JumpStart3. He shared his heart on why he created JumpStart3, and his music with me. Jeff explained that he grew up with a learning disability that kept him from being able to memorize Scripture, and he realized that his children were struggling to memorize as well. After asking many other parents if they were having the same issue, he concluded that this was a widespread problem for children and families. He already had a background in the music industry and writing jingles for nation-wide companies. [...]

JumpStart3 Music Review2020-07-06T22:22:09-07:00

Conflict Kitchen Set Design


This month's set design was inspired by the 252 Basics theme of the month: Conflict Kitchen. I went with a cooking show/grocery store approach to the theme, and I think it turned out great. Full Stage Above you can see a picture of the full set. You can't see them very well in the picture, but there are various kitchen utensils hanging from the front trussing and from 12 hooks on the ceiling around the room. I simply ran to the Dollar Tree and picked up a smattering of large and colorful utensils, strainers, measuring cups, and pretty much anything that [...]

Conflict Kitchen Set Design2020-07-06T22:22:22-07:00

6 Easy Ways to Appreciate Your Volunteers (for Free!)


This is part 2 to last week's post, 8 Easy Ways to Appreciate Your Volunteers. I know that some of us may not always have a budget for appreciating our volunteers, but it doesn't change the fact that we still need them. Here are 6 ways I appreciate my team that won't break the budget. 1. Handwritten thank-you notes Do this! Go down to the dollar store and pick up a few 8 packs of thank-you cards. Keep them on hand in your office at all times. When you notice someone going above and beyond the call of duty, write them a quick [...]

6 Easy Ways to Appreciate Your Volunteers (for Free!)2020-07-06T22:22:29-07:00

8 Easy Ways to Appreciate Your Volunteers


Volunteers: we can't do ministry without them. We all know how hard it can be to recruit good volunteers, but that's only half the battle. Once you have a great team of volunteers, you have to actually keep them around. Now, I'm not going to say that there is some kind of magic formula or secret potion to keep volunteers from quitting. Some volunteers are going to quit regardless of what you do, and you have to learn to not take it personally. Here is a list of things I have done to appreciate my team. I hope that it can [...]

8 Easy Ways to Appreciate Your Volunteers2020-07-06T22:22:32-07:00