A post by Greg Baird recently caught my eye – especially the opening lines:
We all want to quit sometimes. Discouragement can be daunting.
Hurt. Disappointment. Fear. And a number of other emotions can bring us to our knees. We want to quit. Just give up.
For some of us, a year of children’s clubs is drawing to a close. Some kids’ clubs close over the summer.
For others among the kidmin community, summer approaches all to soon, with VBSs (Vacation Bible Schools, or Summer Holiday Clubs) to plan, volunteers to train and next year’s curriculum to organize as well!
Do you ever feel like quitting, and making this your last year as a kids’ club leader or volunteer, or making this your last VBS?
Or maybe the deluge of discouragement you are feeling right now is coming from somewhere else, other than the children’s ministry.
Whatever is getting you down right now, I hope you’ll surf over to Greg’s blog, read the comfort and challenge that his chosen Scripture give us, and ponder his keys to perseverance.
Once again our friends over at Ministry-to-children.com have come up with a practical and sensitive article.
To quote from the introduction:
Some of the children in our classrooms may not have a mother present in the home due to death, abandonment, military service, incarceration, custody issues, or various other circumstances.Parents can also be dealing with Mother’s Day grief, especially for those who have lost a child or their own mother recently. These feelings often will affect all the children in the family. So how can we approach the day with compassion?
You can find Mother’s Day & Kids Who Have Lost Their Mom here.
There is also a companion post on Father’s Day & Kids Who Have Lost Their Dad
Seth Godin is a successful and respected entrepreneur and business author. In his blog he wrote:
I stumbled on a great typo last night. “Staff in the lobby were wondering around…”
Wandering around is an aimless waste of time. Wondering around, though, that sounds useful. Wondering why this product is the way it is, wondering how you can make the lobby more welcoming, wondering if your best customers are happily sharing your ideas with others… So many things worth wondering about, so few people actually taking the time to do it. Wondering around is the act of inquiring with generous spirit.
Colin Peckham, preacher and author once told us, “In God’s work you’ve got to have time to dream.”
In kid’s ministry we can spend time preparing our crafts, planning the décor, selecting or making our visuals, studying the lesson…and a thousand and one other good and vital things. But what a joy when we have time to dream!
A relaxing environment can be hard to come by, but if we find it, then coupled with a sanctified imagination and an intimacy with God, we can dream his dreams, catch his vision, think the impossible. As Seth Godin said, wondering around can be very useful.
We both love our allotment garden. We grow veggies, fruit and flowers there, but the crop can be ruined by weeds and pests.
So we sat up and took note when we spotted one article highlighted in the Childrens Ministry magazine newsletter.
ChildrensMinistry.com is a great site, stuffed with useful resources and tips from experienced kid’s workers.
Walter Norvell, a children’s minister in Tennessee, writes about 10 “weeds” that threaten the growth of your children’s ministry. It’s a great check list to run through from time to time.
10 Things That’ll Ruin Your Children’s Ministry
What are the needs of single-parent families?
How does the situation affect the children?
What can we do to minister to these needs?
How can we in children’s ministry avoid problems?
If you would like to know the answers to these and other questions about this type of family, then the article in the link will give you more understanding, ideas and advice.
Go to A House Divided, by Lori Haynes Niles