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Kids Ministry Over the Top!

Kids Ministry Over the Top!
Sunday morning a guest said to me, “We came for the Kidz Blitz show and decided we had to come check out Sunday!” That’s the power of bringing in an over-the-top FUN family event and providing it as a gift to your community! Image your main auditorium filled with cheering kids, smiling parents, fun music and flying tee-pee paper! As soon as people enter the room they know they are in for a super evening! Not only was it a great program, but it was a super easy event to plan! Roger and his team made it easy and it...

I Was a Kid with Special Needs

I Was a Kid with Special Needs
When I meet a second grader, I always joke, “I spent two of the happiest years of my life in the second grade.” While most chuckle at the joke – I did repeat second grade, but they weren’t the happiest years of my life. I was a child with a special need that wasn’t discovered until second grade. Being deaf in one ear, I was often scolded for not listening, not paying attention and even cheating when I was looking at a friend’s paper to see what we were supposed to do. Once my handicap was discovered, life improved dramatically!...

Yosemite Drawings from 34 Years Ago Discovered!

Yosemite Drawings from 34 Years Ago Discovered!
Recently, I was going through some old personal papers in the garage – much of it was useless and finally was tossed out, but hidden in the ancient folders, binders and loose papers I found an art pad with some drawing in it from when I was fourteen years old… that would be 34 years ago. While I’ve never been much of an artist, I was surprised at how good these were. I obviously must have spent some focused time doodling these. I now commit them to the Internet for Eternity! Here is another: I am so thankful that I...

Meeting a Miracle

Meeting a Miracle
Last year at Yosemite Summit, I lost my journal. On the very last day as we were doing a final group photo I had set it down on the ground while working with the camera on a tripod. Then a nice stranger offered to take the picture for us, so I ran to get in the picture. Afterward, he walked toward us to return the camera and I forgot I had set down on my journal. I have written in this journal for the past 10 years on every visit to Yosemite, so you can imagine there is a lot...

The MOMstacle Course! Could You Handle a Mom’s Day?

The MOMstacle Course! Could You Handle a Mom’s Day?
Last year from Mother’s Day I wanted to help the kids at my church relate to what a typical day is like for their mom, but in a fun way. So I created The MOMstacle Course! It was a race featuring the type of things Moms have to do on a regular basis. It included putting Band-aids on boo-boo’s, walking on Legos, matching socks and more – and ended with sitting down to enjoy some tea. Here is the Highlight Video from the 2nd Annual MOMstacle Course this Sunday! Here is the ORIGINAL that includes more explanation: If you do...

Are You a VIP? Very Intentional Parent?

Are You a VIP? Very Intentional Parent?
This is a recruiting e-mail I wrote for the parents of my church. I made it more generic for posting here – obviously it had more specific info about our ministry needs, but posting here for others to use/edit/modify. If used, credit can simply be Karl Bastian/Kidology.org Are You a V.I.P.? Children’s Ministry is serious business. Don’t let the fun and games you see at church fool you – we are doing a serious job. It’s no secret our culture is attacking our kids. Sin is being normalized – even celebrated while morality is mocked. Let me be blunt. This...