Category Archives: Sunday School

A HollandsKids “Did You Know” Moment

One of the best ways to follow the happening’s in and around HollandsKids is through our social media accounts (see the links at the bottom of the page).  We have four…

download (5)Our Facebook is a private page and requires approval before you can enter.  Facebook is the place to find photos, Sunday School bible verses/LifeApps, and other information about our ministry.  Since it is private and we can screen the creepy people from entering, it has become the place to show ALL of HollandsKids.

You can also follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram for schedules, LifeApps, bible verses, videos, conversation starters, relevant blog and podcast links, as well as other children’s ministry nuggets.  Remember, your child’s Christian education remains largely irrelevant without intentional continuing education at home.  I only see your children about 40 hours per year.  So, tapping into these social media outlets provides the tools to be successful at home.

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I’m Just One Traffic Cone

indexImagine you are driving down the highway.  Traffic is zipping by at a gazillion miles per hour and you see the dreaded, “This lane closes in one mile” sign.  The brake lights engage and traffic begins to slow and merge.  After a mile of bumper to bumper traffic you reach that first traffic cone that doesn’t allow you to travel in that lane anymore.  The construction area spans for about a half a mile, then the row of cones allows you to merge into the previously closed lane and traffic resumes a natural flow and speed.  Not a convenient encounter, but safe (generally) for everyone involved.

Let’s pretend (I am a children’s ministry leader, after all)…as you approach that same work zone, the only cone there is the first one.  Then after that…FREE FOR ALL!!  Inevitable chaos, yes?

Now imagine, as you drive you and your child to Sunday School this week, ready to navigate the maze that is our journey to an #AuthenticFaith, and the only person there is your ministry leader.  You guessed it, inevitable chaos.  Nobody wants that.  If our mission is to provide our graduating seniors the best opportunity to NOT abandon their faith after high school (statistically, over half do) then our Authentic Faith Construction Zone must include every possible available traffic cone…or volunteer/parent/small group leader.

This idea lovingly stolen from Mike Clear at the Orange 2015 Conference.

Jim Ellis is the Children’s Ministry Leader at Holland’s United Methodist Church and host of the upcoming podcast Holland’s Thunder