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
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!)
It is always encouraging to hear how Kidology Coaching changes lives as well as ministries. If you have ever considered getting a personal coach, read this letter from our most recent graduate, and pray about growing with one of our coaches. We have just added a woman to our coaching team, so for ladies who have been waiting for that, now is your chance!
Upon graduating from the Kidology Coaching Program, I want let you know that the Kidology Coaching Program has been a “life-saver” for me! Literally! The work that you and the coaches have put into the curriculum, the training you’ve had and all the components of this coaching program is exemplary. I want to tell you how this program has changed my life in hopes that someone else could relate and become a part of the program at a just the right time in their life.
When I signed up for the coaching program I was at a “low” in my ministry. I had gone through the “honeymoon” stage of my ministry (where everyone was thrilled to have me there and helped me along with everything, because I was new and naïve) and was facing some big obstacles—not as much in my ministry circumstances, as inside myself. I had seriously contemplated quitting this job and going back to public education.
I’m thanking God that He brought into my life a certain email from you: the Kidology newsletter that included the Black Friday ad. This spoke to me and I knew I had to look into it. I decided to take a leap and let someone in, someone who I hoped could help me sort through these thoughts and responsibilities. I saw the video of you and Barney on the site and that sealed the deal for me. I am one who needs to have a “sneak peek” into the program, before I will commit to it. I felt like you gave just enough of an overview to let me feel comfortable taking the next step.
I give God the credit, the praise, the glory for reaching down and seeing His servant struggling, just giving her a life preserver in the form of a more experienced servant, one who knew how to weather the storm. This servant of His (Barney) has dedicated his life to seeing students make progress in stepping up, moving forward in their ministries. I can still remember those early conversations we had, when every word was like fresh water for a soul who had been surrounded only by salt water for the longest time. I was able to drink them in, letting them saturate how I thought and communicated, refreshing my ministry outlook. I remember actually hearing Barney’s words in my mind as I had conversations with volunteers or other leaders, and what a reassurance they were to me. To know that someone was there for me, that someone was invested in me and had my back, was a huge morale booster in itself. The curriculum has been a wonderful component in this experience. This was the Children’s Ministry education I always needed, but never got.
Since beginning the Kidology Coaching ProgramI have seen such a difference in my confidence level in leading adults and I have expanded my knowledge about networking and building relationships with others in Kids Ministry. My productivity has increased as I’ve learned how to manage my time better and I’ve gained two assistants—all things that Barney coached me through very thoroughly. I am excited about the extensive introduction to storytelling, puppetry, magic and object lessons I received with Barney—all things I can use to take my level of ministering to kids to the next step. I have more clarity about my ministry process and what my priorities are, as a leader in Children’s Ministry. My life is all around a much better picture of someone who is relying on God fully and leading with the confidence that God has called me to reach children and resource families.
In closing, I know that the things I read, heard, experienced and talked about during this coaching program have grown me as a person, a servant of God, a Children’s Ministry leader, a wife, mother, and friend. I am so thankful for the hard work and time that has been invested in this program; a program that is reaping benefits, beyond what you know!
My sincere thanks, Kerrianne Gahr Children’s Director of Atlantic Ave UB Church
There is no other kidmin coaching program available that provides as much one on one TIME with our students than Kidology Coaching, or that has the depth of quality content coming from coaches who are not only experienced children’s ministry leaders, but trained consultants and coaches.
Just wanted to make my blog readers aware that I’ve written a 4 week “Back to School” children’s church series that I’m giving away for free!
This is a 4 Week BACK TO SCHOOL Series by Karl Bastian that is FREE for Kidology.org Premium Members!
Overview of Lessons:
LESSON ONE:MAKING THE GRADE (Becoming Friends with Jesus)
LESSON TWO:BETTER THAN BRAINS (Growing in Wisdom)
LESSON THREE:YOUR BEST FOR GOD (Growing in Stature)
LESSON FOUR:TWO THUMBS UP! (Growing in Favor with God and Man)
The purpose of this unit is to help get kids excited about school in the fall and to see it in a new light. Instead of just somewhere they have to go to learn, they will be challenged to see school as a place they can shine for Jesus by being more like Him. They will be encouraged to do their best understanding that God has a plan for each of us, and preparing for that plan is very important. They will also be reminded not to compare themselves to others, but to see that God made them special and unique and no one else can be or do what they are meant to accomplish in this life. The secret is to be like Jesus, who at a young age the Bible says, “grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52, the theme verse for this unit.)
This unit includes a Bible lesson rich in scripture, games, small group ideas, object lessons, skits, puppet routines, and even a practical “home play” assignment. (Since kids don’t want more homework!)
Here is an overview of the lesson components you will find in Is It Recess Yet? (Back to School with Jesus!)
LESSON INTRO - Each lesson will begin with an overview to help the teacher grasp the “Big Idea” of the lesson and have a clear idea of what they are trying to accomplish through this lesson.
GET TO KNOW ME PACK: Pass out the GET TO KNOW ME PACK PDF. This is a tool to help you get to know your kids. Encourage them each week to take this home and color and decorate and fill it out and bring it back. Give a candy or prize for kids who bring these back. Consider covering a wall with them. What YOU should do is scan or copy them and put them in a 3-Ring binder and use them to pray for your kids throughout the year to pray for them and get to know them. Consider using them as a tool for visitation and ministry contact. (Contact info is not included, it is assumed you have this separately in a data base.)
WORSHIP TIME - Some songs from Go Fish’s “Old Skool” CD will be recommended for each lesson. You can order this CD via download or disc at Kidology.org/GoFishOldSkool
PUPPET WELCOME - A fun puppet welcome and lesson introduction is provided an optional fun way to introduce each lesson.
RECESS TIME - An easy and fun game with a lesson application.
MEMORY VERSE -There is one verse for the entire unit to help make sure the children really learn it. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52
LESSON TIME - This is the main lesson loaded with scripture and creative ideas.
SKIT TIME - A description of a drama you can do to help reinforce the lesson.
SMALL GROUP TIME - A fun deck of backpack cards is provided for a new game each week as well as some discussion questions for small group leaders to use. (A Printable Small Group Guide PDF is included for each week.)
HOME PLAY CHALLENGE - An easy and practical lesson application to challenge the kids to do during the week in order to apply what they have learned. It is called “Home Play” because the last we want to do is give more “home work!”
50+ IMAGE CLIP ART COLLECTION - Includes over 50 Back to School Clip Art Images to use in Power Point, bulletin board or promotional purposes. Also included is the original backpack art used in the small group game and the ‘Get to Know You” poster so that you can modify the game or the get to know you tool if you would like.
TO DOWNLOAD THE CURRICULUM, you’ll need to be logged in as a Premium Member.
After decades of using the “Salvation Cards” to lead kids to Christ, with the help of my creative team, I have completely redesigned this classic Gospel tool to bring it up to date and make it even better!
This creative, fun, flexible, interactive presentation will quickly become one of your favorites, and now with the added “Pocket Edition,” it can be used by small group leaders or one on one to share the Greatest Message Ever Told!
Using the Romans Road, Yield, Stop, and other traffic signs, kids learn the right route to heaven!
Learn how to do this fun presentation via this complete training video which comes as part of your download order.
After decades of people encouraging me to publish this story, it took wanting to explain the incarnation to my own seven year old that finally prompted me to make it a “New Year’s Resolution” for 2013. You can now order directly from the online publisher at: http://tinyurl.com/AndyAntslulu
The story comes to life through the wonderful illustrations created by Lori Butler, who started creating these images without my knowing or asking several years ago because she enjoyed the story so much and wanted to illustrate it for teaching in her own ministry. We’ve now expanded her illustrations and added a colorful cover as well.
On the back of the book I didn’t want to include any “spoilers” but here is a fuller description of the book for those wanting to know what the story is about:
What’s a boy to do when he learns that his beloved ant hill, hidden in a secret hide out, will soon be destroyed to make room for a new shopping center? When all human attempts to save them fail, there is only one thing left to do. Become an ant and warn them in person! This wonderful parable makes the concept of the incarnation understandable to children perhaps for the first time! Beautifully illustrated, this delightful story will have kids and parents turning each page and smiling as they discover the parallels to the true story of the One who gave up everything to warn those He loved and to prepare a better place for us in His Father’s House.
I hope you’ll consider purchasing this book and introducing “Andy and the Ants” to your children!
Recently Discovered Ancient Document Reveals Modern Kidmin Strategy
Could it be that a recently uncovered document once thought lost forever in the archives of the Kidologist’s vast children’s ministry vault of hand written resources from before the dawn of the computer could reveal a ministry strategy that could revolutionize your ministry today?
Archeologists have discovered a hand drawn ministry strategy document dating back to circa 1993 from when Karl Bastian, aka “The Kidologist,” was just a “Green Thumb” children’s pastor at the historic Moody Church in downtown Chicago. Yet this ministry strategy has been guiding his ministry for over twenty years.
Once guarded as a valuable treasure and only shared with the most trusted colleagues, Karl has now revealed its secrets on his podcast. Will clues within this ancient drawing lead you to gold or a national treasure? Or will it simply make your ministry programing and event planning more strategic and purposeful?
You be the judge. Listen to Kidmin Talk #53 today… and download the full resolution historical document for yourself.
Discover the secret that will set your ministry planning on a whole new Quest!
Tweet, Facebook and E-mail this URL to all your friends and family: www.kidology.org/hunt Easter is a pretty big holiday, and while it doesn’t get the attention that Christmas gets, it’s a pretty important event! In fact, all of Christianity rests on this historic event! And yet, often kids don’t know all the important details of this story as well as they do Christmas. So I sat down with my wife a few months ago and we brain-stormed, “What would be a fun game to help kids learn the details of the Resurrection Story in an exciting way?”
We came up with a game based on the classic CLUE game and we think you and your kids are going to LOVE IT! We hired the top artist in children’s ministry, Todd Hampson, who has worked on What’s in the Bible, JellyTelly, Order of the Ancient, Yancy (not Nancy) videos and more – and then got our very own webmaster Steve Tanner, who is a CLUE game connoisseur – and came up with a game that is both fun and educational. Next, I asked a new friend I met at CPC in Orlando, Stanley Mearse, to team up with me on writing twenty short devotionals on the places, objects and people of the Resurrection Story, and he came up with the idea of adding QR codes to the game to add an extra element of interactive fun. Others helped with editing, design, game input and tweaks, and in the end, the collaborative process has resulted in one of the most creative and fun projects from Kidology yet! It is called: Resurrection CLUE HUNT!
Imagine if the President of the United States heard about your kids ministry and decided he needed to see if for himself?
That’s exactly what happened to a Sunday School Director named Dwight Lyman Moody… and the President was none other than Abraham Lincoln!
I have the honor of being the first children’s pastor on staff at the church he founded well over 100 years ago, The Moody Church.
While he is known primarily as the Billy Graham of the previous generation, his ministry began as a children’s evangelist and he had a HUGE impact on the creation and growth of Sunday School. At a time when many churches were supported by ‘rented pews’ Moody rented pews for street kids. When he was told the children weren’t welcome in church (Big Church) he started a Sunday School for street kids that grew so big and well respected that Abraham Lincoln visited one Sunday to see it for himself! Imagine having the President of the United States drop in to see your kids ministry. Moody was passionate about kids but as his ministry grew, his focus shifted to adults.
He said at the end of his life,
“If I had my life to live over again, I would devote it entirely to reaching children with the Gospel.”
His school is still training kids workers to this day!
You may not see the President of the United States visit your kids ministry, but someone who far out-rankes him visits every week… Jesus! Is your ministry worthy of Him? Are you doing your best? Are you reaching as many kids as possible, and not just the ‘easy’ ones, but the ones that others reject or overlook?
If so, Jesus will show up at YOUR MINISTRY to see it for Himself, and to add His blessing and power while He’s there!
If you are at CPC Orlando this week – look for me! I often wear a BRIGHT YELLOW pull over with the Kidology Logo to help people spot me! And I never mind people saying, “Hello!” Sometimes people e-mail me later and say, “I saw you, but I didn’t want to bother you.”Nonsense. Bother me! I want to meet you!
HOW TO FIND KARL:
He’ll be hanging out at the DiscipleLand booth during the Resource Center times to answer questions and tell folks all about DiscipleTown!
THE KIDOLOGY GATHERING!
Don’t miss this annual casual and intimate late night gathering that we’ve been doing for years! This year it will be on Tuesday evening, February 19th, during and after the Phil Vischer Show at the Terrace Cafe, which is right in the center of the campus, outside the Resource Center. NOTE: You will need to enter from the back side near the pool as the restaurant will be closed, but will have a room open for us. However, there is a little snack shop that sells drinks and snacks for awhile next to where we will be that you can get some food at.
Come enjoy some relaxed fellowship, fun and conversation about life, ministry and whatever comes up. It is always a great time.
Karl is teaching a workshop on Wednesday, February 20th
Breakout #5 at 10:00am – Making Your Discipline Problems Disappear
I am also available for one on one coaching sessions if there is something you are wrestling with and just need to talk or get some input or direction about a topic in your ministry. I enjoy sitting down and chatting. Don’t be hesitant to ask to do so. That’s why I come to CPC!
If you are wanting to connect with Karl, and having a hard time – feel free to DM via Twitter at @Kidologist and try to arrange a time/place to connect. Karl loves to meet Kidology folks at CPC! As I said back in 2008, it’s still true today: CPC is the BEST place to network!
CPC San Diego is my 42nd consecutive Children’s Pastor’s Conference. I’ve not missed a single CPC since 1995. I’m calling this CPC “42 in 42″ since I will have been to 42 CPC’s and I’m 42 years old, so my CPC’s will have caught up to my age!
You hear a lot about “child security” in kidmin today… but I’d like you to consider “parent security” for a moment. What do I mean by parent security?
Keeping parents safe?
Accounting for every parent?
Returning parents to the proper child?
Protecting parents from harm?
None of the above, actually. When I say “parent security,” I am referring to that feeling parents want to have that their child is secure. Children are rarely out of their parents care. When they are – there are certain conditions that must exist for a parent to feel secure that their child is not only safe, but that their child feels as secure as when they are with their parents.
There is a progression to parents extending care for children. Early care takers are usually family, then very close friends. Next come professionals within secure facilities. As children get older, parents must necessarily lower their standards as to who can care for their kids, or they will never get time away from their kids. They also realize their children need to grow socially independent as well. However, there is a fear that as this circle of care grows, security drops. Once strangers, non-professionals or volunteers begin to care for their children, especially in unfamiliar settings, such as a church, it can feel to parents as though they need to let go of their feeling of security in order to enjoy time away from their kids or for their kids to grow socially.
As a church leader, you need to be aware of this inner conflict that some parents are wrestling with, especially when they are new or visiting the church. It is a stronger struggle if they are new to attending church in the first place, not only are the people strangers, but they are a strange type of people… religious people!
How can a church help to increase a parents sense of security, or put another way, increase their church’s “parent security?” The answer is often to provide not only provide better child security – but along with that, is to improve parent communication of what child security policies and procedures are already in place.
Here are some steps you can take to increase your “Parent Security” at your church:
Use KidCheck for secure child check in.Or another such system that lets parents know kids can’t just come and go. You know who is there and account for every child. You will only check their child out to the person who checked them in. Let parents know they will be texted if they are needed by their child for any reason.*
Post That Your Volunteers are Trained and Screened. Let parents know that you do not let just ‘anyone’ work with their child. Right at the drop off location, post that all your staff are trained and screened workers so they have peace of mind about who is working with their children.
Have clearly posted ‘never alone’ and bathroom policies parents can see. Put to rest any unspoken questions your parents may have about any potential opportunities for abuse by assuring them no such opportunities are even possible in your programs due to proactive polices and enforcement you have in place.
Clearly identify who is staff. Use name tags, lanyards, t-shirts or somehow clearly identify staff for parents so there is no confusion over who is working with their children and who are visitors/parents and keep non-staff out of classrooms and children’s restrooms. This will greatly increase parent security.
Keep classrooms and areas where children are open and visible. Keep doors open, or install windows in doors if you need to close them for sound containment. When you have an open and visible environment where children and staff can always be observed parents feel much more secure to leave their children behind.
When you put effort into keeping kids safe and secure, you increase your “Parent Security” as well. I would highly recommend you take a look at KidCheck. They offer the fastest, easiest check-in system on the market, and are constantly innovating to make it better. If you are used to systems that create a lot of data entry work, you will find KidCheck refreshing, as it has parents do most of the entering and maintaining of family data. And unlike many complicated systems, it is user-friendly and affordable. As an added bonus, Kidology.org members get a discount we have arranged, so that makes it even easier to increase your “Parent Security” at your church.
I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a “transformer” in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.
~ Stephen R. Covey