Holidays

Tell Your Children about Memorial Day – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

 God made a decree many years ago that we set up memorials to help our children know about the things that happened in the past: Joshua 4:6-7We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future, your children will ask, “What do these stones mean to you?” Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s covenant went across.” These stones will stand as a permanent memorial…

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DC4K » Happy Mother’s Day to all the single moms everywhere – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Single moms deserve the honor of being acknowledged on Mother’s Day. When you get to know a single mom you begin to realize they are the most determined group of people you will ever meet. Single moms have reared some amazing adults. Single moms today are raising the next generation of doctors, lawyers, scientist, ministers, politicians, teachers, parents and every profession you can think about including a possible a president of the U.S. Here are just a few things that…

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DC4K » How grandparents can help children of divorce honor their moms on Mother’s Day – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  With Mother’s Day on the horizon, many churches are planning how to celebrate the mothers in their congregation. In children’s classes around the globe, little kids will be making things to take to their mothers on this special day. There is one group of kids, though, who are conflicted about how to proceed with celebrating their mothers, and that is children of divorce. Like my son said when he was in elementary school, “How am I supposed to get…

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Why the long weekend? – Train Up The Child – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As you enjoy your extended weekend, don’t forget to let your children know why it is happening. Presidents’ Day is intended to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln whose birthdays are both in February.  Their birthdays were observed separately until 1971 when Congress decided the two would be combined into one national holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. This is a great time to teach your children about the godly character of these two men. God tells us…

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History of St. Valentine’s Day – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As always, we want our children to know the reason for any celebration and see how it might relate to Christ.  Here’s what my research found: Historical Information: Valentine was a priest near Rome in about 270 AD.  At that time the Roman Emperor Claudius felt that married men made poor soldiers so he abolished marriage.  Valentine  invited young lovers to come to him in secret where he joined them in marriage.  When the emperor heard of this ‘friend of…

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How does Valentine’s Day affect kids and divorced parents? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  The infamous day of “love” is coming up. You know the one I’m talking about: Valentine’s Day. How Valentine’s Day affects kids and divorced parents is an interesting question. A lot of how it affects kids and parents depends on where the parents are in the divorce process. If the parents are recently divorced, still healing, and not involved in another relationship, then Valentine’s Day can be hurtful. It can remind them about what they used to have or…

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Jesus’ Parents Took Him to Church on Groundhog Day :-) – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Well, maybe not exactly😄 February 2nd (40 days after Christmas) can be celebrated as the day that Jesus first went to church?   In Luke 2:22-35 it is recorded that 40 days after Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph took infant Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem for the ritual purification of Mary after childbirth and  to present their first born which was required by the Law of Moses. As they presented Jesus to Simeon, he prophesied: According to Your word;For my eyes have…

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Why is the interruption of routines and traditions at Christmas so difficult for a child? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Children of divorce get used to a particular routine. While living in a different house every week or leaving your home to spend every other weekend with a different parent might not seem like a routine to us adults, to children, it is what has become their routine. It is a schedule that has become a routine they can count on to happen. They can look forward to seeing the other parent every other Friday. Or they know that…

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DC4K » What are the 3 S’s that can trigger unexpected emotions and memories at Christmas? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Just thinking about walking into my mom’s kitchen brings back fond memories. The aroma of homemade candies and pies flood my mind. The sight of her Christmas tree with the tiny little red bell that had been in my family since before I was born comes to my mind.  Any time I smell cinnamon, it takes me back to Christmases past of when my children were small. My children and I always drank spiced tea during the holidays. When…

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DC4K » The Wind Chime That Changed Christmas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

For this single-parent family, it was the first Christmas without the other parent. How could a wind chime make a difference? How did a wind chime help this single parent make new traditions during the holidays? It’s important for single parents to approach the birth of our Savior during the Christmas holidays. It doesn’t have to be all about presents, stressing over where the kids will celebrate Christmas or who is going to purchase the best gifts. It should be,…

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Teach Your Children About Columbus – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.Mark 16:15 History: ‘In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue!’  But why did he set sail? “Christopher Columbus had a belief that God intended him to sail the Atlantic Ocean in order to spread Christianity. He said his prayers several times daily. Columbus wrote what he called a Book of Prophecies, which is a compilation of passages Columbus selected from the Bible which he believed…

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Explaining Orange to Holiday Visitors at Your Church – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The holidays are here and so are new families. Something about fried turkeys and cute baby Jesus draws people to our ministries like a powerful magnet, during this wonderful time of the year. Though some of these families are visiting cousin Jeffrey for Thanksgiving, or visiting their in-laws for Christmas, or maybe ringing in the New Year with Grandma, other families live near our churches and are visiting because of the holiday season. Regardless of their reasons for visiting, sharing…

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DC4K » Reasons Why Children Get Angry During the Holidays – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Some single parents face the holidays with excitement and a resolve to make this holiday season the best ever for their children. However, if this is the first year a single parent in your church has faced the holidays, he or she may be approaching the holidays with trepidation. These single parents might not be sure how their children are going to react to the coming holidays. This article explains a few ways children may express anger during the holidays.…

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DC4K » Practical tips to honor noncustodial dads on Father’s Day – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In a previous post about Father’s Day we talked about the how to help kids who have a MIA dad. There are many dads who are not missing. These are the dads, who while they might not have custody, are good dads that love their children deeply. They care about the well fare of the kids and the family where their children live. The child’s family might be a single mom household or a step family situation. But whatever the…

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The Real History of the Pilgrims – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

 Thanksgiving is coming soon, and most children’s pastors have special Thanksgiving services planned. One thing I have always done on Thanksgiving is to teach the children about America’s spiritual heritage ingrained in the Pilgrims and Puritans. These are some of the facts that children are not taught in school. Most children are taught that pilgrims came to America to flee religious persecution. That’s not exactly true. Pilgrims and Puritans were persecuted for believing that Christians could have a personal relationship with…

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(Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Christmas is supposed to be a season full of peace and goodwill as we celebrate the Savior’s physical arrival into this world. So why are we often bombarded with feelings of pressure and extreme stress? We know Advent’s not supposed to be this way, but how do we change it?… The post (Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written…

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DC4K » Happy Father’s Day! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

To single dads, co-parenting dads, noncustodial fathers, stepdads, and to those who are happily married: thanks for all you do to love and support your children. You make a difference! Related This entry was posted in Accept the Challenge, Divorce Issues, Holidays, Single Parents and tagged Father’s Day by Linda Jacobs. Bookmark the permalink. This is Only a Snippet of a Children’s Ministry Christian Article written by Linda Jacobs Read Full Article

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Make “Less” Your “More” – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

From the last porch light of Halloween through the last light of the Christmas tree, our holiday schedules are packed! Cramming their way into our margins are school Christmas parties, staff get-togethers, and family dinners—and we haven’t even touched decorating, cooking, shopping, and wrapping. The holidays can be exhausting. So how do we “gift” families, volunteer leaders, and even our own households with margin during the holiday season? The temptation is to take a red pen or a pair of sharp…

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Tell Your Children About Veteran’s Day – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Psalm 106:3     Blessed are those who keep justice, 2 Tim. 2:3     You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Veterans Day pays tribute to ALL American veterans, but especially honoring living veterans who have served their country. It was originally called Armistice day which was the day during World War I that an agreement to…

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Glad Dad Day – Train Up The Child – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In I Chronicles 29:19 King David prayed for his son, “And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, testimonies, and your statutes, and to do all these things, and to build a palace, for which I have made provision. Then in 1 Kings 5:3-5 Solomon begins the task of building the temple, “You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars…

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Labor Day – Train Up The Child – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Let’s always teach our children the reason for the holiday being celebrated – that it is not just a day out of school or a time for a picnic. There is a story behind each one. Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women (whether they get paid for their work or not). It has been celebrated as a national holiday since 1894. Read the history of this holiday here so you will…

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DC4K » Happy 4th – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Single parent If you are a divorced parent and not with your children today on the 4th of July, give them a call, or text them. Let them know you are thinking of them, and wish them a safe 4th of July. If you have your children with you today, plan some kind of celebration, even if it’s just a picnic in your yard or a nearby park. Say a prayer thanking God for ourfreedoms and the people who have…

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Making Glad Dads – Train Up The Child – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

On Father’s Day and every day we need to teach our children to be grateful for their fathers, listen to their instruction, and make ‘Glad Dads’. …children take pride in their fathers Proverbs 17:6 My son, hear the instruction of your father… Proverbs 1:8 A person who loves wisdom makes his father happy…Proverbs 29:3 Bible: Proverbs 29:3 Are you doing those things that please your Dad?  The Bible says the best way to make your dad happy is to be…

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Single dads are dads too! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  This month I’d like to bring emphasis to the single dads in our world today. Let’s start by thinking about single dads and Father’s Day. Father’s Day is set aside to celebrate the father’s in our world. Some children of divorce may not have a close relationship with their father. Perhaps the Lord has provided another person to play that father role. If the Lord has provided a grandfather, uncle, older siblings, neighbors or even a male mentor from…

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Is It Wrong to Celebrate Religious Days Like Christmas and Easter? – Christian Article

I very much believe Scripture should be that which shapes and informs our doctrines and practices. I do not believe Christians should create new doctrines or practices that we do not find in the New Testament. With that in mind, I would like to share with you why I believe Christians can observe man-made religious days (like Christmas or Easter) without violating these principles. Purim and Hanukkah In the book of Esther, the Jews created a holiday, “Purim,” to commemorate…

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