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One of my favorite things about the Children’s Pastors Conference is the Resource Center. CPC remains the ONLY kidmin conference that provides a level playing field for all resource providers and publishers. While publisher created conferences can be fantastic, I love CPC because there is no agenda other than equipping and encouraging. Enjoy the other conferences, but be sure to come to CPC where you can learn about all that is NEW and exciting in Kidmin. I especially enjoy meeting small ministries/companies that are just starting out and love helping them get the word out about what God has laid on their heart to create and share, often out of their own family or church ministry success. That is what gave birth to Kidology.org – sharing what I’ve learned – so I celebrate a place where I can meet others with that same passion.
Brandon, Barney and I ready to Equip & Encourage!
We enjoyed exhibiting – but we love to share what others are doing as well! Kidology exists to help YOU FIND what you are looking for, even if it’s not on Kidology.org – that’s our Mission!
Here is a collection of videos I did with my iPhone on a pole so you could meet these great folks and learn about what they are doing to HELP YOU in your children’s ministry.
Watch each one, they are short!
Egglo (for Easter!):
Awesome Video Stuff:
Sparkie Summer Program (no Awana club needed!):
Teaching Kids How to Pray:
I hope you will support these ministries by checking out what they are doing and if you can use what they offer, encourage them with a purchase! It is the best way to keep people innovating for children’s ministry!
My 43rd consecutive Children’s Pastors Conference is now past, and my 44th is rapidly approaching! While there are MANY fantastic kidmin conferences today to choose from, only CPC brings together all the large publishers and many small ministries to exhibit, has general sessions to knock your socks off, and more workshops than you can count. OK, maybe you could count them, but there are a LOT!
This year Kidology exhibited and had a blast with a “PRIZE WHEEL” giving away resources from Kidology and a select group of our vendors who we featured in our booth. When all was said and done we gave away OVER $12,000 in Kidmin Resources. WHY would we do this? Because of our MISSION: To Equip and Encourage Those in Children’s Ministry.
CPC EAST 2014 (Click to View Larger)
EVERYONE who came to our booth won something – and not just samples! They went home with a set of Speed Stacks or DVD curriculum from EKG, or they won a free downloadable resource like River’s Edge Easter lesson, The Hunt is On!, or Jesus is Real from Tadpole Tales, or Knights of God 12 week curriculum from NextGen4Christ, or Scripture Lady’s downloadable Fruit of the Spirit music collection, or TruthQuest’s Easter curriculum He is Risen. Or it may have been one of many Kidology Resources like the popular U-Turn Cards or Resurrection Clue Hunt. Others learned about NoDuh the Wise One winning all his videos while others got the Kidology Handbook or Kid’s Church Cookbook. Of course, we gave away many full units of DiscipleTown and chose How to Love God with Valentine’s Day coming soon. But the most excited people were those who won a Premium Membership to Kidology.org – whether for the first time, or getting their expiration extended. With all the content, resource discount, monthly $1 deals and more – it’s the best deal in Kidmin!
But as you can see from the pictures above (click the image to view larger) the highlight of CPC isn’t the “stuff” (as cool as it is!) it is the PEOPLE you get to meet and hang out with. I so enjoy meeting new folks, reconnecting with long-time friends and seeing how Kidology can be a help and encouragement to both leaders and volunteers in ministry and the resource providers who are there to support them.
As I tell people who come to our booth,
“Kidology.org is like a CPC every day of the year right on your computer. Bright ideas for Children’s Ministry, the resources to equip you, a place to chat and make friends to be encouraged and where you can find what you are looking for – even if it’s not on Kidology.org, we are always the best place to start. It’s been that way now for over twenty years and still growing. HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?“
If you will be at CPC West, be sure to drop by the Kidology Booth so you don’t miss out on all the FREE RESOURCES! If you haven’t registered yet for CPC, what are you waiting for?
As you may (or may not!) know, every unit of DiscipleTown comes with 12 family devotionals – 3 per week – in a cool “Table Talker” design like you see on your table when you eat out at a restaurant. I have now written 288 of these devotionals with the upcoming 24th DiscipleTown “How to Walk in Victory” to be released soon.
I wanted my BLOG READERS to be the FIRST to get a sneak peak! So enjoy these FREE THREE DEVOTIONALS!
Here is what they look like:
Download THREE COMPLETE DEVOTIONALS for your family. There are nine more with the unit that will be released shortly, and 12 with every unit of DiscipleTown – but I encourage you to use these with your family and enjoy the fun you will have and the engaging conversations that will result.
As I write in extensive detail about in the Kid’s Church Cookbook, Part 5: Getting Creative, creative teachers are ALWAYS on the look out for unique teaching items. So I thought I’d share one I picked up over Christmas Break: iWipers
When I saw these I cracked up! The potential for this prop is fantastic!
- Teaching on Noah and the flood!
- Teaching on Jesus calming the storm!
- Simply wear on a rainy day at camp or VBS
Do I know when I will use these? No. But they are now in my collection of creative kidmin props! You can’t wait until you need something to find it – you’ll never have a lesson and say, “Boy, sure wish I had some glasses with windshield wipers on them!” But when you own a pair and are preparing a lesson, one day you’ll say, “HEY! This is when I can use those cool windshield wiper glasses!”
And you’ll be so glad you have them.
The point of this post isn’t to go and get yourself a pair of iWipers. (Though some of you might!) The point is, always keep your eye out of unique props as they engage kids, create memories and bring lessons to life!
What is a cool prop YOU have used to teach or picked up recently?
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Christmas Clue Hunt
Back by popular demand after the huge success of Resurrection Clue Hunt, it’s time to explore the true meaning of Christmas!
Our family played this game last night and had a blast asking, “Do you have Joseph with the Gold?” or “Do you have Mary in the Manger?” or “What about King Herod in the King’s Court?”
Mix and match different People, Locations and Objects and try to discover the missing clues to the Story of Christmas! When you are done – choose one of the complete devotionals to read to top off the play with some insightful Bible Learning!
Your kids will learn some things about Christmas they probably didn’t know. With twenty different devotionals and different missing clues, the learning will be different each time you play!
Ideal for church small groups as well as quality family time for the holidays.
So turn off the TV! (The Grinch and and Rudolph can wait.) It’s time for another round of Christmas Clue Hunt! Your kids can learn more about the AMAZING TRUE STORY OF CHRISTMAS this season!
Discover amazing facts from the Bible about:
People (8 total)
• Baby Jesus
• Wise Men
• King Herod
Locations (6 total)
• King’s Court
• The East
• Shepherd’s Field
Objects (6 total)
For each there is a Bible Passage, a short description, custom illustration and a devotional that is available either immediately on your Smart Phone or Tablet via instant QR code, or PDF that comes included that you can print.
It’s Christmas Learning that is FUN for the whole family! (or church small groups or classes!)
Download: Sample PDF Devotional About Nazareth (143 KB)