I’ve Always Hated Reading

True confession . . . as a child, teen and young adult, I always hated to read. I absolutely hated it. I would read what I HAD to read for school and nothing beyond that. There were even a few times in high school when I paid my little sister to read novels to me…

Jen’s Top 10

We receive so many well wishes and support each year in the days leading up to Vacation Bible School (VBS) and this year was no different. We hear things such as: “I hope you all have a great week!”, “I know it will be a great success!” and “I can’t wait to hear how many…

Tiny Chefs Who Cooked with Love

Connecting with people, connecting with purpose, and connecting with God are the three goals I keep in mind when preparing a children’s Sunday school lesson. Some lessons focus on one of those three things and some focus on all three at the same time. Our recent Sunday school unit, Women of Faith, focused on women…

Inappropriate vs. Dangerous

Maybe you saw or heard the uproar last month about the children’s film “Show Dogs”. Maybe you missed it. For those of you who were wrapped up in all the happenings in the month of May and didn’t catch it, I’ll quickly bring you up to speed. “Show Dogs” (listed as an adventure, comedy, and…

Through the Eyes of a Third Grader

I’ve spent quite a bit of time with the third graders these past few weeks. I’ve been preparing for Third Grade Bible Sunday, Bible Camp at Glen Lake, and Bible Adventure Fun Night with much excitement. My excitement does not even compare to the excitement that the third graders have experienced these past few weeks….

A Child’s Faith

I write this as I am preparing to attend Rev. Leanne Hadley’s Holy Listening Training. I previously attended a five-day Holy Listening event a number of years ago when I was working in Children’s Ministry with Rev. Holly. Those five days confirmed what I have always believed about children and their faith. Rev. Hadley teaches that…

What a Difference a Year Makes! by: Jennifer Acker

I wrestled with the fact that I had longed for years to sit in these seats at the these elite tables in my profession and now that I was here, all I could think of was returning to my work with children.

My Daughter will Never be an Astronaut by: Rev. Matt Ybanez

The scary question for me is this: What have I shown my kids unknowingly; when I thought they weren’t listening, or they were out of earshot, or I just assumed they were too little to understand? What have they learned from me that I did not intend to teach? That’s the stuff of nightmares…