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Just like the song at the beginning of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” says: “Christmas time is here…” It may be the most special time of the entire year. Let’s look a little closer into Charlie Brown’s world to see just what is truly special to us at Christmas.
Each year many parents, especially those with small children, face the dilemma of what to do with Halloween. In order to decide the best way to respond to Halloween, it's important to examine the facts alongside some biblical principles.
Promotion Sunday is just around the corner on 6/1, and that means we will be welcoming a new kindergarten class to Legacy Lodge Children's Church. Our team is excited and ready!
“Like the tomb, this egg is also empty and it represents the sweetest thing about Easter.”
It seems that now more than ever we are seeing movies produced based on Scripture or about God.
"Faster, higher, stronger." That is the Olympic motto. Like many of you, I am enjoying watching the Olympics with my kids. We look forward to seeing the variety of sporting events and the many countries represented. No matter the sport, all of these athletes are striving for the same goal: Olympic gold. This got me to thinking about the goals we may strive for as Christian parents.
As we are beginning 2014 I wanted to share with you all some of the things you can expect this year in Creek Kids.
The Bible tells us "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord" (Psalm 127:3).
Hey parents! I'm asked frequently each year how Christian parents and kids should respond to Halloween. I'm excited this year to encourage you all to gladly receive the kids that come to your doors and bless them with candy and kids Gospel tracts.
Hey parents! One of the questions I am most often asked by parents is: "How do I share God's Word with my kids?" I wanted to share with you all a few tips that may be be beneficial as you teach your kids.
There's no doubt about it: back to school time is just around the corner...or maybe it's already here. Some kids have already begun there new grades and tracks, plus those on a traditional calendar will all be starting by the end of next month. This is a time of great anticipation and excitement. Our Elementary Ministry is ready to play a big part in this season as we show kids that back to school is cool in Creek Kids.
Hey Creek Parents! Summer is just around the corner and it is the perfect season for vacations and family fun. It is a time of relaxation and a break from routines...well, most routines anyway. One routine to never get away from is teaching your kids about God.
On June 2nd all Kindergarten through 11th grade students are promoted to their next grade level. We also welcome our new Kindergarten class to Legacy Lodge Children’s Church and Elementary Small Groups. What an exciting day at the Creek this will be for all the kids!
Hey Parents! April is Small Group Emphasis Month here at the Creek. Small Groups are the best way to plug into life at the Creek and build lasting relationships. As we celebrate this month, I wanted to share with you all my heart on the importance of the Elementary Small Groups.
I wanted to share with you all an excellent article from Lifeway's website regarding how to answer questions your kids might have about Easter.
Hey parents! This month is Missions Month in Creek Kids Awana Sparks and T&T. We are excited about focusing on how kids can be a part of the great commission here in our community and around the world.
Hey Parents! I recently did something with our 3rd-4th grade girls Upward basketball team to illustrate the truth of Luke 6:43-45. We had an orange and a large clear cup. Each girl had a turn squeezing the orange with all their strength. At the end of this task, we had about a quarter cup of juice and 6 sets of sticky fingers. The only juice in the cup was orange juice. No apple juice; no grape juice; no tomato juice. Under the intense pressure of squeezing, what was inside the orange had no choice but to come out just as it was.
2012 was another blessed year in Creek Kids Elmentary Ministry. Here's looking forward to an even better year in 2013!
Merry Christmas! I pray you all have a blessed and joyous Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. This morning I came across a very interesting and timely article from Lifeway's website entitled "Giving Christmas Back To Jesus" and wanted to share it with you all.
Hey parents! I have been taken aback by how many of the Creek Kids were not only aware of the recent elections, but had strong opinions about it. This is a golden teaching opportunity for us as parents.
Hey parents! I'm often asked about good devotional books for kids, so it gives me great pleasure to recommend to you all two very good devotional books for kids.
I wanted to share with you all an article from based on a sermon by John Piper that details 5 possible hindrances to kids coming to faith in Christ.
It has been said that the foundation for parenting is marriage. There is no better way to show our children love than to express and model it to our spouse.
Here is a fantastic excerpt from "The Resolution For Men" by Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick, & Randy Alcorn posted on Lifeway's website. I encourage all men to read this as we approach Father's Day.
Parents, please check out this fantastic post of an article by John Piper from Discipleland's You will be blessed!
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” -Abraham Lincoln
Hey parents! Please check out this great article from Lifeway's website on teaching our kids about Easter. You will be blessed!
It' "March Madness" time! The brackets are being filled out and people are getting ready to cheer on their favorite college team. While this is a time of great excitement, it can also be a time where we let our emotions and fan loyalties lead us to act in a sinful manner. This is something I refer to as "March Badness."
Do you love your children? Of course you do! A better question might be “Do your children know that you love them?” As Christian parents, we must love our children and let them know it.
Hey parents! I wanted to share with you a fantastic article about discerning salvation through faith in Jesus Christ of our children.
One of my favorite things to do in ministry is to get questions from kids. Most of their questions are about God, the Bible, and creation. I frequently find myself saying "That's a really good question" after most of their questions!
Happy New Year! Have you made any new year's resolutions? I've got one that I am asking all who read this blog to consider: Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
Here is a thought provoking Christmas article from Pastor Mark Driscoll that I wanted to share with you all.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to share the following Scripture of encouragement with you all: "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward." (Psalm 127:3)
Let's face it, sometimes it's a real challenge to get the whole family up and out the door on Sunday mornings.
Through this blog I will periodically share with you all Christian parenting tips and ideas.