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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Need a fun idea for a family ministry outreach?

Need a fun idea for a family ministry outreach?

Idea: Host a "family" gingerbread house building party!

In early December I attended a fantastic event at Harbour Shores Church in Indiana. I was so impressed with how it was organized, and saw great potential for other churches to duplicate the morning with the families in their churches.

Step One-- Invite families

Families registered online and decided if they ordered one, two, or more gingerbread house kits. They prepaid for the event.

Step Two-- Buy supplies, light refreshments, and prepare the work space

Event organizers made sure to have work space set up in the church gym, and enough gingerbread kits for everyone.  In addition to the gingerbread house kits, extra frosting and toppings were provided and laid out at each work station.

Light breakfast food was served as the participants arrived. The menu included fruit, muffins, doughnuts, juice, and coffee.

There was also a station to do a sticker/coloring craft if the participants wanted to do so.

Families mingled, found their work stations, and ate their refreshments.

Step Three-- Read a Christmas story and present the gospel

I attended the event and read Mouse's Christmas Gift. This was a great way to introduce spiritual truth into the event. After the story, I took approximately 10 minutes to present the gospel, using an object lesson.

Step Four -- DECORATE the gingerbread houses

After the devotional time, families worked together to decorate their gingerbread houses. So much fun and so many smiles!

The entire event lasted just under 2 hours.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Christmas Craft Idea from Mouse's Christmas Gift Activity Guide

Interested in the contents of my FREE DOWNLOADABLE Mouse's Christmas Gift Teaching Guide/Activity Pack?

Here is a SNEAK PEEK!

It's easy! Draw a face on a small clothespin and wrap with a piece of felt. Tie with a string. Then use a tissue tube cut in half to make the manger. 

This sweet friend of mine enjoyed it! I bet your child will, too!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Two Creativity Challenges in One Month!

Let the brainstorming and creativity begin to roll!

I am happy to announce that I am a proud Storystorm participant. This means I am committed to brainstorming at least one picture book idea per day during the month of January. (I can do more than one if I want) :) This is put on by Tara Lazar. She gathers many "experts" in the field of picture book writing and offers advice and give-aways all month long. I highly recommend this experience.

I also joined a creativity challenge put on through Accent Interactive. Each day during the month of January participants are challenged to do something "creative" to make it a habit. I am committing to make at least one Pinterest pin that will link with my blog to help me grow my "tribe."  I am happy to announce that today I made 13 new pins, all linking back to a previous post on this blog. It was fun and felt great to "create!" 

So thankful for the people at Accent who are joining together to BE CREATIVE!  

If you would like to join in the creativity fun, email and tell him your commitment. 

Also, check out their services at They are a very talented group of experts!

Welcome 2019 What's your WORD?


All of these words "relate" to my goals for 2019. How many apply to yours? 
What's your #1 from this list?