Kidology.org ON THE GO!

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It’s FINALLY here! Kidology.org is now mobile-friendly! You’ve been asking – and we’ve been working hard for over a year! Kidology.org is now MOBILE FRIENDLY! CHECK IT OUT! PLUS! We’ve streamlined things to make your experience better and added some new features! What’s Changed? When Kidology.org pioneered the Internet in 1994, it was one of the only places to get creative help for kids ministry online. There was no YouTube, eBay, Yahoo or even Google! Kidology.org was THE place to get kidmin help! When we launched our fourth version of Kidology in 2001, smartphones were still over five years away and our site was 100% custom code. Having a massive custom site has been why it has been a long and costly process to update to this mobile era! Back then, forums were state-of-the-art and no other website offered member content, e-commerce, forums, conferences, a job center, resource directory, and so much more. We CELEBRATE that now there are MANY amazing ministries and website that have joined us in Equipping and Encouraging those who minister to children. Yet, Kidology.org remains the largest children’s ministry website, with the most content, training, products, and resources with the lowest membership fee, and we are …

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Make Child Check-In Fast and Safe!

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KidCheck is constantly working to improve child safety and check-in procedures. They are constantly developing new technology that allows parents to easily and quickly check in their child, update their information, and keep track of their pick-up receipts electronically. The newest software is also improving the usability for children’s ministry workers. Teachers and volunteers can more easily keep track of their attendance, as well as communicate more quickly with the parents when important information needs to be shared. Check out the latest features below!  Express Check-In With Express Check-In: Parents start check-in on their phone from home, the car, the parking lot – wherever there’s an internet or cellular data connection. Once they arrive, they simply tap ‘submit’ on their device to complete check-in. The KidCheck PrintHub Express recognizes the check-in and prints the associated child name badges and guardian receipts. That’s it. Parents no longer need to wait until they arrive at your location, stand in line, or use a check-in station. No waiting in line. No additional check-in station. Convenient, fast, easy. Available in all KidCheck editions Find more info about Express Check-In What is Express Check-In (Video) How Express Check-In Works (Video) Electronic Guardian Receipts Guardian receipts are available electronically through the …

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How Do You Talk to Your kids About Tragedy? By Ron Brooks

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Thank you, Ron Brooks, for permission to re-post this helpful article on my blog. How to Talk to Kids About Tragedy. By Ron Brooks The largest massacre in US history in Las Vegas. The shooting at Columbine. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Irma and Harvey. The Tornadoes of Moore, Oklahoma. The school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The terrorist attack on 911. The terrorist attack in Paris, France. The mass shooting in Orlando.  All terrible tragedies, and if your child has heard about these events, you may be wondering how to talk to your kids about tragedy. With social media such a huge part of our life now, events like this are widely publicized. You are hardly able to turn on the TV or read through a Facebook feed without seeing reports. Many of our kids will see photos or hear about all the people that lost their homes or their lives in the storm. While we may do our best to shield our kids from horrible events, the truth is, many will find out. We homeschool our daughter, so it may be easier for me to keep bad news like this from her, but for others it is …

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Securing the Perfect Performer for Your Church Event

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GUEST BLOGGER: Josh Denhart, from The Amazing Chemistry Show Most churches with Children’s Ministries will sooner or later decide to hold an outreach event for those in their church and community. Most likely they will be looking to bring in someone who will not only entertain their kids, but also, hopefully, clearly present the Gospel message. What do you need to prioritize for your event? Events can draw a crowd! However, the right event can draw a crowd that would normally not attend a traditional event with bounce houses, carnival games, and popcorn.  While it’s fun to see your children bouncing on a bounce house, parents are left as spectators, not participants.  But Science bridges the gap for people of all ages. Live Science Events allow for everyone to be engaged and entertained. Science intrigues people. In addition, there is nothing quite like giant balls of fire, amazing explosions, and emanating foam! If you’re looking to engage and amaze your audience, while still clearly sharing the Gospel message, then you need to have the right combination of performance and presentation. Listen, I have been the pastor who brought in national children’s ministry performers.  I had some good results and some …

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Sending Kids on a MISSION!

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Kids come to church, listen, learn and then go home. But how do we impact how they live? It is so important to give children practical things they can do to live out what they are learning at church. Your curriculum likely calls that the “Application.” But just telling kids an application, doesn’t mean they’ll remember to do it! So how do you break into the routine and busyness of their week? Just like your lesson, you need to make the application fun. As we teach kids to share, give and be generous, we need to also provide them a way to DO it. How? Send them on a Mission! Our church is currently collecting school supplies for teaches and students at an inner city elementary school our church has partnered with. That is their mission. My mission is to make collecting these supplies fun. So last week, my son and I went to Walmart to demonstrate the Mission we want to send our kids on. Here is the video we made to get our kids excited about collecting these supplies. Making your own promo video is easy. I needed only an iPhone, a little bit of planning, and less …

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