Sam was an exceptional boss. He had high, clearly communicated expectations. "Dream big." "Think outside of the box." Those are words that we creative minds loooove to hear. But...when it came to basics, I knew exactly what he expected of me as an employee. I didn't always agree with his expectations...but I respected them... because they were … Continue reading Keep going…
I get the unique opportunity to ask kids BIG questions in a setting that is somewhat pressure free (yay Kids First Worship). "Are there things that you DON'T want to talk to your parents about?" Every hand goes up (yes, even my kids). It surprises me every time. I go on to explain to them … Continue reading Parenting Young Children: Ask Specific Questions
A few years ago, I filled out a cheesy spiritual gifts questionnaire at a local women's event. Of course, I scored high in all the things I liked: charisma, intuition, teaching. I got two stinking points in evangelism. My thoughts: I'm a "go with the flow" kinda person...not looking to step on any toes...and not looking … Continue reading If a kid walked into my office right now?
I'm no fun. This epiphany hit me in the middle of kids camp this past summer. It was the moment in the service that "Children's Minister of the Day" was announced. I was nauseous at the mere thought of being chased by ninjas (part of the "hype") up on to the stage and dancing around like a...yeah. Would … Continue reading “I’ll be your hype man” -Toby Mac
Balloons are a great tool for kidmins. There are seriously countless things you can do with them...and they make people (of all ages) smile. Get a helium tank, an automatic air compressor for balloons, and a bag of balloons. Next time a kid is crying...give them a balloon. Next time you make a hospital … Continue reading Infomercial: Balloons!
As a volunteer with kids, a teacher, or a kidmin...how do you create an atmosphere that consistently draws kids' minds to your voice. Here are some tools that I use...in no particular order: Holy Spirit: NEVER underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit to capture kids' attention. It's THE thing I look for and notice … Continue reading Can you concentrate??
How many times have you sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?" I am obligated to sing it every. single. night. around 9:00...to a two year old who can't/won't go to sleep without it (along with two blankets/three dolls/a sippy cup/a night light/a kiss and hug from every person and pet in the house/and a prayer for … Continue reading Bring it…don’t wing it…
So...the debate between texture and clutter began because of a pillow. It was given to me by a dear friend, Kristen Gillingham...as a wedding gift (5-29-2004...yay life). My house was EMPTY. (I moved the ironing board into the living room to make things look more like "home." It was that bad. ) The pillow was … Continue reading Texture vs. Clutter
Well...let me just start with an apology. I abuse "..." and """" (that's quoted quotation marks), and I end sentences with prepositions all of the time...so there. Almost every time I go to work, I am surprised by how much I love my job. Almost every time I get home, after a long day of … Continue reading About me: Super Amber…not me