10 Things You Should Never Do

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Just some friendly advice: Do not put off backing up your computer. Do not wear white socks with black shoes. Do not send an angry e-mail. Do not buy underwear at a thrift store. Do not donate underwear to a thrift store. Do not post “following” on a Facebook thread. Just select to be notified. Do not drive slow in the fast lane. Do not drive fast in the slow lane. Do not cut your own hair. Do not allow volunteers to serve in your children’s ministry without a background check! Need help with that? Visit Protect My Ministry. They exist to help you ensure the children entrusted to you are being served by qualified adults. Kidology Members get a discount on background checks as well. Learn more at Kidology.org/protectmyministry Add a comment with something YOU think you should never do!

Meet Nicki Straza

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Meet Nicki Staza – one of the most creative kidmins I know! We met years ago when I spoke at a conference she helped start in Canada, called the Kid Builders Conference. Since then, we’ve collaborated on a number of products. I so appreciate her devotion to children’s ministry and her sensitivity to the voice of God, that I asked her to serve on the Kidology board of directors. She also has some very unique and meaningful products on Kidology. JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY, is her “I love you more” doodle book and mini-lesson. “I Love You More” is a letter from God in the form of a printable doodle book. “My prayer is that the words will sink down deep into their hearts as they read and doodle around the words on the page, that their hearts would come alive with the revelation of how deep, how wide, and how constant God’s love is for them, personally.” – Nicki Straza, Author This is also a great evangelistic gift as the simple message connects God and his love to his son, Jesus. Your download includes the printable doodle book, a mobile e-version, the mini-lesson, and the story behind …

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Reunited after 31 Years!

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Thanks to Facebook, I reconnected with two childhood friends over Christmas break while in California. And what better place than Portillo’s – a popular chain I discovered in Chicago that now has a location in Buena Park, California. (Just down the street from Knott’s Berry Farm.) Dennis I’ve known since we were in a 4th and 5th combination class at Gompers Elementary. I don’t remember now which grade it was, but Dennis transfered in mid-year and soon we were best buds. We met Richard a few years later and by junior high (Bancroft Junior High) and during my freshman year at Lakewood High School, we walked to and from school together every day down Coldbrook Avenue. I moved away to Chicagoland that summer and as often happens, I lost track of them. Over the years I often tried to look them up and a few years ago we found each other online. I believe Richard actually found me and then connected me with Dennis, as they had kept in touch. In fact, until just recently, Richard lived in the same house having inherited from his parents. He lived there for like 40 years! I could have just gone and rang …

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Merry Christmas from Kidology

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Merry Christmas from Karl Bastian and Team Kidology! I was only a few months old when I participated in my first nativity re-creation with my big sister. I don’t remember it, of course, but I am so thankful for my mom and dad who made Christmas special every year – and who made Christ the focus of our celebration. There are so many wonderful distractions this month – most of them good things! But the DAY has finally arrived. No more waiting. No more anticipation. No more shopping or lines! No trying to find a parking spot! The day is here. Time to Chill. Eat. Laugh. Relax. Give gifts. (And get some!) Some of you may not even check e-mail. That’s good! But if you peeked, I just want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas from my family, and everyone at Kidology. Isn’t it cool that on Jesus’ Birthday we all give gifts to each other? But the Greatest Gift can never be topped! In the midst of all the activities, be sure to find that quiet moment to simply reflect on that Gift and how much a difference He has made in your life. We can get so …

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Cool Kidmin Idea: The VIP Couch

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This weekend, I got to visit the church of my good friend, Todd McKeever in Des Moines, Iowa. Their children’s ministry is wonderful. I am always on the look out for super creative and original ideas that others may want to learn about. While there were many things I was impressed with, the coolest thing I got to both see and experience was the VIP Couch in their children’s church room. In the front of the room they have a big couch. Guests (as well as the friend who brought them) are invited to sit on the couch for the entire service – but not only that, a child volunteers to serve them yummy snacks throughout the service. They can have as much as they want, with only two rules. They have to eat the snacks while on the couch (no stocking up and taking a bunch home) and they are asked not to eat during worship time. It is a great way to honor guests, to give kids an incentive to invite a friend, and provides a way for another child to serve as they offer snacks throughout the service, any time they notice they are done. I assumed …

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