Monday, June 4, 2018

Repurposing In KidMin - Doors & Windows

I admit it, I am a perfectionist. And I don't always take no for an answer. Sometimes that turns out to be a good thing. Like when we redid our children's area, and I could not stand how the old doors looked in the new area.

These doors at the end of the room were my achilles heel, my thorn in the flesh, the pebble in my shoe. I felt like Haman in the book of Esther, "But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king's gate." We had transformed our kid's area into a beautiful scene right out of Bible times. But the satisfaction of all this was eaten away at everytime I walked into the room and saw those white doors glaring at me.

One day, one of our out of the box thinkers, Scott, happened to be in the center helping. I voiced my grievance over the doors that stood out like a sore thumb (to me anyway!) and how I wanted to put plexiglass windows in them or something to get rid of their starkness. He thought for a few minutes and then said, "What about those stained glass windows we took out of the sanctuary a few years ago?"

Viola! An idea was born just like that. I asked my husband/Pastor what he thought of the idea. While Scott lives outside of the box, my husband lives in the box! And he loves it there. So when he agreed, without so much as a batting an eye, I knew this was God's direction.

Another one of the men in our church took home the doors and windows and transformed them.

It took another couple of months after they were hung until we reached Nirvana. We painted the scenery in at first around the door jam, and then finally all the way to the windows.

Now I love how our doors look. An unexpected blessing was that all the people who had grown up with the windows and loved them, got to see them again. They were thrilled when they appeared in the downstairs doors to our J.A.M. Center.

This did not happen over night. I complained and prayed and asked people for help and ideas. In fact, I might have been mistaken for Phil Harris in White Christmas when he kept trying to get Bob Davis hooked up. If I didn't know better, I could have sworn I heard people saying the same thing Bob told Phil, "You've ootzed me along every step of the way. You hammered, drove, pushed, shoved. And if that wasn't enough, you looked at me with those great big cow eyes of yours..." Well, God finally brought a solution and I think it was worth the wait and ootzing.

Now, if I could just get the stage area figured out and completed at the other end of the room.
every step of the way.
You've hammered, drove,
pushed, shoved.
And if that wasn't enough,
you'd look at me
with those great big cow eyes of yours,
point at that phony arm,
and I'd melt and go along!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tips for Kidmin in the Small Church (link)

Recently I was searching the web for some ideas and help for music in our children's ministry. In the process, I came across this great article about a church that had no children. Zilch...nada...none. And this went on for almost a year, and then low and behold, God began to unfold a small miracle. Now if you are from a church with over 100 in attendance, it is unlikely you would ever find yourself in this position. But if you are from a really small church, you might.

I am linking to this article because
#1 It was very encouraging.
#2 It also had some great advice on how to get ready for a children's ministry.
#3 No one thought it was going to rain when Noah built the ark either, but it did. And if the children come, you want to have your ark ready, err, I mean your children's ministry.

So read this and be encouraged: 9 Pieces of Advice for Starting a New Children's Ministry.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Saul Sees the Light

This post includes a drama for acting out the events of Acts 9 and an activity for helping children to understand how God's word acts like a "light" to help us see the path we should walk on. The two can be used separately, I just happened to use the lesson for Operation Arctic which paired Psalm 119:105 with the story.

Disclaimer: KidFrugal primarily helps the small church. The activities in this post will work best with less than 20 children. You can pull it off with as few as 3 or 4 children if you use adults.

As always, tell the story first. I made 11x17 flashcards to tell the story. Since my printer can only print 9 x 11 paper, you will notice that there are two flashcards for each picture. After you print them, you will have to tape them together to make the 11 x 17 flashcard (approximate size). I used pictures from two different story sets on Free Bible Images in order to get all of the pictures I needed. The picture set I made fits with the drama script below. Here are the flashcards.

If you want to store these flashcards instructions are in this post.

Then we acted out the drama that I wrote.

Click here for the drama script
If you chose to use Psalm 119:105 with this story, I designed an activity to help children understand how God's word is like a flashlight to help us see things that could otherwise cause us to stumble and sin.

Instructions for the flashlight walk are here.

Below is a short video to demonstrate how we did this activity.

Psalm 119:105 from Joan Eppehimer on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

We're In!

I am not sure that many adults grasp how momentous the events of Acts 10 are, let alone children. This chapter marks the entrance of the Gentiles (which would probably be most of you reading this) into the kingdom of God.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


To tell the story of Stephen in Acts 7, I used 3-D visuals. I printed out Bible people that I downloaded through this site. Then I glued them onto empty toilet paper rolls so they could stand up.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rejection at Nazareth!

Jesus rejected in Nazareth, his home town from Luke 4:14-30 is a very easy story to re-enact. It requires little props, the only prep work was to make a scroll. I used old packing paper I had saved from Amazon boxes and taped it together to make a long scroll.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pancakes and Missions

Kid's Mission's Breakfast from Joan Eppehimer on Vimeo.

They say that kids learn best when they are having fun. The first half of this event included "catching" your breakfast. Our cook flipped the pancakes and the kids caught them on their plates. The kids had a blast, but they also learned about the importance of Bible translation and smuggling and heard from a missionary. Parents were invited too, creating a family event at the same time.

Instructions for the Pin the Bible on the World game can be found in this post from November.