Tuesday, January 31, 2012

AtCD: What Will the Coming Months Hold for About the Chi...

About the Children's Department: What Will the Coming Months Hold for About the Chi...: As you know, the month of January I focused on VBS with reviews, side-by-side comparison charts and posts covering all things VBS - it has b...

A Reminder About "Fluff" in VBS - What It Is and What It Is NOT!

Well, January is almost over and my 2012 VBS reviews are wrapping up - I still am waiting for Zapped from Orange to arrive and will add it to my reviews as soon as it gets here. Just like last year, I provided reviews on fifteen individual VBS resources and side-by-side comparison charts. I also had posts covering all things VBS, from recruiting, training and promoting your VBS to additional ways to make use of these resources.

As my reviews wrap up, I do want to remind you about "fluff" in VBS. Each year there are publishers who like to say their VBS resources "bring the Bible back to VBS", but when I review the resources I find the Bible in all of them. So, I thought I'd take a moment to consider once again what "fluff" is . . . and what it is not.

Put Feet to Their Faith With Samaritan Purse's Children's Heart Project!


I am delighted to share a ministry opportunity with you . . . the Children's Heart Project from Samaritan's Purse. I could write about this project to explain it, but Samaritan's Purse does a much better job, so I'll share what they say and one of their stories with you.


"Since 1997, the Children's Heart Project (CHP) has arranged life-saving operations for more than 800 children from Bosnia, Kosovo, Honduras, Uganda, Mongolia, and Bolivia.

CHP works with top-quality hospitals to provide surgery for children who live in countries where the required medical expertise and equipment are not available. Samaritan's Purse arranges airfare for the children, a parent, and a translator. A typical group includes two children, their mothers, and a female Christian interpreter.

How Did I Determine Which VBS Is My Top Pick for 2...

About the Children's Department: How Did I Determine Which VBS Is My Top Pick for 2...: I reviewed more than a dozen VBS kits this year and am very happy to say I found all of them to be Biblically sound resources with well deve...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vacation Bible School Follow-up Which Really Follo...

About the Children's Department: Vacation Bible School Follow-up Which Really Follo...: So . . . you've given thought to your goal for Vacation Bible School 2012, evaluated VBS resources in light of their scope and theme then de...

After VBS is over . . . Follow-up!

About the Children's Department: After VBS is over . . . Follow-up!: So, when another year of VBS is finished; volunteers have gone home, your decorating team  puts away all props, posters and parts of VBS ret...

Take the Time to Support and Appreciate Your Vacat...

About the Children's Department: Take the Time to Support and Appreciate Your Vacat...: There are so many things to think about and do when it comes to getting ready  for your Vacation Bible School, but I want to add one more th...

Be Sure to Train Your Volunteers for Vacation Bibl...

About the Children's Department: Be Sure to Train Your Volunteers for Vacation Bibl...: I absolutely understand how difficult it is to get volunteers to attend teacher training . . . we are all so busy! But, when it comes to pre...

Plan Your Vacation Bible School Volunteer Recruitm...

About the Children's Department: Plan Your Vacation Bible School Volunteer Recruitm...: Once you decide which Vacation Bible School resource is the best "fit" for your unique ministry it is time to begin sharing your goals and v...

VBS 2012 - Promoting Your Vacation Bible School

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 - Promoting Your Vacation Bible School: So, you've spent time reading Vacation Bible School reviews - such as the ones you'll find on  Ministry-to-Children  and here on my blog . ....

Let's Get More Out of Our Vacation Bible School Re...

About the Children's Department: Let's Get More Out of Our Vacation Bible School Re...: When you evaluate Vacation Bible School curriculum, be sure to think about how VBS resources might give you the tools you need for your mid-...

Let's Get More Out of Our Vacation Bible School Re...

About the Children's Department: Let's Get More Out of Our Vacation Bible School Re...: Today I'm going to share some ideas on how to re-use the VBS resources you select for your VBS . . . a great way to get more out of your CE ...

Let's Get More Out of Our Vacation Bible School Re...

About the Children's Department: Let's Get More Out of Our Vacation Bible School Re...: As I've said before, Vacation Bible School resources are one of your best curriculum buys of the year! Publishers put a lot of thought and a...

VBS 2012 - Let's Get More Out of Our Vacation Bibl...

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 - Let's Get More Out of Our Vacation Bibl...: In this day and age where many, if not most, of us have definite budget "issues" to deal with, it is absolutely essential we do all we can t...

grandma's cookie jar: Go Fish Guys & Denver & the Mile High Orchestra - ...

grandma's cookie jar: Go Fish Guys & Denver & the Mile High Orchestra - ...: There certainly are no shortages of music for our grandchildren to listen to, but my favorite group for kids . . . and for grandma's, too :^...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Put Feet to Their Faith - Help Your Children Stand...

About the Children's Department: Put Feet to Their Faith - Help Your Children Stand...: Today is the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade - the supreme court decision which legalized abortion in the United States of America. With all...

VBS 2012 - the Dollars & Cents of VBS . . . Part 3...

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 - the Dollars & Cents of VBS . . . Part 3...: As I talked about the past two weeks the realities of the Dollars and Cents of VBS can impact if a church is able to go ahead with VBS for s...

Go Fish and Denver and the Mile High Orchestra - A...

About the Children's Department: Go Fish and Denver and the Mile High Orchestra - A...: It can be tremendously difficult to find music with a solid message and tune which will get kids really singing . . . that is unless you tak...

Please Check out CMBuzz for Additional VBS Reviews...

Please Check out CMBuzz for Additional VBS Reviews...: I'm honored to write for CM Buzz and all month long while I've been posting VBS reviews here on About the Children's Department, I've also been writing a shorter review for each VBS kit and included a 5-star rating. So, please take a moment to check out CM Buzz for more VBS info! And while you're there . . . check out the other great children's ministry info you'll find there!

VBS 2012 - Go Big! from Cook

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 - Go Big! from Cook: Go Big! VBS is a new downloadable resource from Cook which is only available in a bundled package this year with their Tru Unlimited and com...

VBS 2012 - Side-by-Side Comparison Chart

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 - Side-by-Side Comparison Chart: I'm releasing my 2012 Side-by-Side VBS comparison chart today for the ten kits I've reviewed in the past two weeks. Next week I'll add the a...

VBS 2012 - Operation Overboard by Cokesbury

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 - Operation Overboard by Cokesbury: Cokesbury did not get their kit to me in time for me to consider it for my Top  Ten - they did a wonderful job with Operation Overboard - i...

A Look Ahead at What I'll be Talking About In the ...

About the Children's Department: A Look Ahead at What I'll be Talking About In the ...: I've been talking all this month about VBS - and will continue to do so throughout the remainder of this month, but what will I be focusing ...

Put Feet to Their Faith with a Project to Help Chi...

About the Children's Department: Put Feet to Their Faith with a Project to Help Chi...: I recently read the following on a friend's facebook page . . . " More than 24 years ago, Pam and her husband Bob were serving as missionari...

VBS 2012 - the Dollars & Cents of VBS . . . Part 2...

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 - the Dollars & Cents of VBS . . . Part 2...: As I talked about last week the realities of the Dollars and Cents of VBS can impact if a church is able to go ahead with VBS for summer 201...

Top Pick for VBS 2012 - Adventures on Promise Isla...

About the Children's Department: Top Pick for VBS 2012 - Adventures on Promise Isla...:   I'm delighted to announce my Top Pick for VBS 2012 is Adventures on Promise Island by Standard Publishing! This VBS has solid Bible conte...

Top Three VBS Countdown 2012 - Sky from Group Publ...

About the Children's Department: Top Three VBS Countdown 2012 - Sky from Group Publ...: I'm delighted to announce today the runner-up VBS in my Top Ten VBS reviews for 2012 - Sky from Group Publishing! Sky placed second this yea...

Top Three VBS Countdown 2012 - Amazing Wonders Avi...

About the Children's Department: Top Three VBS Countdown 2012 - Amazing Wonders Avi...: Well . . . we have almost made it through my Top Ten VBS for 2012 reviews and today I'm happy to announce my third place VBS for 2012 . . . ...

VBS 2012 Give-away . . . Bugzi the Puppet from Reg...

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 Give-away . . . Bugzi the Puppet from Reg...: I'm delighted to announce Regular Baptist Press sent me their Bugzi Puppet for a give-away! Not only is Bugzi a beautiful, bug butterfly, bu...

Top Five VBS Countdown 2012 - Rock the World from ...

About the Children's Department: Top Five VBS Countdown 2012 - Rock the World from ...: Today I'm happy to announce my fourth place VBS for 2012 . . . Rock the World from NextGen4Christ! You may not be familiar with NextGen4Chri...

Top Five VBS Countdown 2012 - BugZone from Regular...

About the Children's Department: Top Five VBS Countdown 2012 - BugZone from Regular...: Well, as we enter my second week of VBS reviews, today I'm happy to announce my fifth place VBS for 2012 . . . BugZone from Regular Baptist ...

VBS 2012 Top Ten Reviews Continue This Week . . .

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 Top Ten Reviews Continue This Week . . .: Last week was a busy week with the first part of my Top Ten VBS reviews for 2012 and this week my reviews will continue, but I want to take ...

Friday, January 20, 2012

VBS 2012 - the Dollars & Cents of VBS . . . Part 1...

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 - the Dollars & Cents of VBS . . . Part 1...: While there are certainly excellent and compelling reasons for churches to plan and present a Vacation Bible School to the children in their...

Top Ten Coundown for VBS 2012 - IncrediWorld Amaze...

About the Children's Department: Top Ten Coundown for VBS 2012 - IncrediWorld Amaze...: As I said yesterday, this year I have a two-way tie for sixth place in my Top Ten VBS for 2012 review, so today I want to share with you the...

Top Ten Countdown for VBS 2012 - SonRise National ...

About the Children's Department: Top Ten Countdown for VBS 2012 - SonRise National ...: This year I had a two-way tie for sixth place in my Top Ten, so today and tomorrow I'll share the sixth place VBS resources! Today let's tak...

A Few Words About My Top Ten VBS Picks for 2012 . ...

About the Children's Department: A Few Words About My Top Ten VBS Picks for 2012 . ...: As you read my VBS reviews for 2012, please keep the following in mind . . .  while I do "rank" the VBS resources based on the content and...

About the Children's Department: Top Ten Countdown for VBS 2012 - Praise from Go Fi...

About the Children's Department: Top Ten Countdown for VBS 2012 - Praise from Go Fi...: As I said yesterday, this year I have a two-way tie for eighth place in my Top Ten VBS for 2012 review, so today I want to share with you th...

About the Children's Department: Top Ten Countdown for VBS 2012 - Babylon from Grou...

About the Children's Department: Top Ten Countdown for VBS 2012 - Babylon from Grou...: This year I had a two-way tie for eighth place in my Top Ten, so today and tomorrow I'll share the eighth place VBS resources! Today let's t...

About the Children's Department: Top Ten Countdown for Vacation Bible School 2012 -...

About the Children's Department: Top Ten Countdown for Vacation Bible School 2012 -...: I'm delighted to announce tenth place in my Top Ten Countdown for Vacation Bible School 2012 is Amazing Desert Journey from Concordia Publis...

About the Children's Department: How Did I Determine Which VBS Is My Top Pick for 2...

About the Children's Department: How Did I Determine Which VBS Is My Top Pick for 2...: I reviewed sixteen VBS kits this year and am very happy to say I found all of them to be Biblically sound resources with well developed them...

About the Children's Department: So . . . What Is "Fluff" in VBS Curriculum . . . a...

About the Children's Department: So . . . What Is "Fluff" in VBS Curriculum . . . a...: Believe it or not, it is almost time to choose your VBS curriculum for Summer 2012! I've been reviewing 2012 VBS resources for the past two ...

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 . . . For VBS Kit Give-Aways and One More...

About the Children's Department: VBS 2012 . . . For VBS Kit Give-Aways and One More...: Well . . . I've reviewed 14 VBS resources so far this year and have one more to go . . . Zapped from Orange. As soon as it arrives I'll post...