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Head, Shoulders, Knees and CUP! FUN Youth Group Game

Head, Shoulders, Knees and CUP! FUN Youth Group Game
Last night in youth group, our Youth Intern, Josh, introduced a super fun game! I have no idea where he got it, or if he made it up – but it was a blast! It is an elimination game! Kids pair up head to head, if an odd number, either grab a leader or that student waits until the next round. The students face off with a plastic cup on the ground between them, placed upside down. The leader calls out body parts and the players have move their hands to that spot – head, knees, toes, eyes, nose, etc....

Karl’s KidCheck Review

Karl’s KidCheck Review
The results are IN! I’ve been using KidCheck at my church since the launch last fall, and not only do I love it, but our parents and volunteers do too! I decided to film a short review to show you what I love about KidCheck at my church: Here is an overview of what I LOVE about @KidCheck: Great Support Speedy Sunday Set Up Easy Special Events Set Up EXPRESS CHECK-IN (It’s like Fast Pass for Church!) Awesome Reports Thought Through Security Adaptable to Youth Ministry (without stickers) Flexible options for paid child care Crazy Customizable! Did I mention, Great...

There is NO “Baby Yoda”

There is NO “Baby Yoda”
Take it from Yoda, himself. There is no “Baby Yoda.” He is cute, yes. He is the same species, yes. But Yoda is long gone. Who is this baby? Hopefully we will learn soon. CLICK and see what Yoda has to say about all this “Baby Yoda” stuff… Service Public Announcement this is from Yoda regarding so-called “Baby Yoda.” Listen you must!! #starwars #disney #mandalorian #disneyplus #yoda #babyyoda #babyyodameme  

FREE eBook: It’s About Relationships

FREE eBook: It’s About Relationships
NOTE: This is not a book of fluff, it is practical and will help you grow relationships. There is no shortage of programs, resources, or ideas in children’s ministry today—but at the end of the day, what is most effective in reaching kids for the Gospel hasn’t changed in a hundred years—it’s building relationships and personally introducing children to the Savior. This ebook is loaded with practical ideas on how to have a more relational ministry. You’ll be surprised by the results! The most incredible aspect of Creation was that God walked in the garden with the crown of His...

FLIP IT to Gratitude

FLIP IT to Gratitude
Introducing The Complaining Game! How do we help kids focus on the positive? This is what I did one Sunday. I put 10 common complaints of kids onto slips of paper and then put them on the top of 10 buckets. Kids then go 3 Popsicle sticks to use to vote. They put a Popsicle stick in the top three buckets they complain about the most. Then, we totaled them to discover the top complaints. Here was our results: BUT, then I flipped the papers over to reveal the postive aspect of that complaint. Don’t like to clean your room?...

Do You Need a BREAK from Ministry?

Do You Need a BREAK from Ministry?
So, just HOW excited would you be to get AWAY from your job for a week? You can only IMAGINE… no e-mail, no texts, no meetings, no phone calls, no to-do lists, no boss dropping in with some new task… how excited would you me? Maybe as excited as this guy on Yosemite Summit at the top of Sentinel Dome! Yosemite Summit is a week long sabbatical retreat for men in the heart of Yosemite National Park. This is not camping. This is a week at a relaxing lodge for refreshment, renewal and recharging away from the hustle and bustle...