It’s that time of year already! Can you believe it? Time to start making preparations for Christmas. Where did 2020 go? Hmm, maybe we shouldn’t discuss that. HA! But let’s do talk about Christmas.
If you have ever been a Children’s Ministry leader or directed a Christmas Program, you know that if you haven’t started making plans by the end of August, you may have a more difficult time keeping things organized.
A few weeks ago, Trisha Peach of Kidmin Ninja offered for me to review her upcoming release, “Finding Hope”. I was intrigued off the bat and couldn’t wait to dig in and read the script. Trisha Peach has been a Children’s Pastor for many years and has written books that I highly recommend for every Children’s Minister. (Her books contain tips that I have even used in other areas of ministry! Look for more information on her website, www.kidmin.ninja)
Finding Hope is about a little fish named Finn that runs away from home, combining the landscape of Finding Nemo with the parable of The Prodigal Son. The story covers sin, shame, grace, reconciliation, and more in a play script that is not complicated, Biblical, entertains, includes humor, and most of all: shares the Gospel message.
Intended to be an outreach, it has the potential to be just that if you set out with that as your prayer from the start. The author has provided many tools to help ease the workload from beginning to end, leaving little to be desired with checklists, forms, practice schedules, advertising suggestions, music lists, costume and prop suggestions, and more. There is even a follow-up letter template to use to reach out to those that attended the program. I also have to add, this former Media Team leader is especially impressed with the Sound/Tech/Lighting template that marks everything down to the minute.
Worried about possibly being in a Covid-19 lockdown this Christmas? That’s okay, she even has tips for how to still hold your Christmas Program online and how to host a distance production online. Trisha Peach has thought of everything! This production can also accommodate a small or large church with a few minor adjustments, whether in person or online.
If you are looking for a Christmas production for your Children’s Ministry that shares the Gospel, is anointed, fun, super cute, entertaining, and will help keep you organized, I highly recommend that you purchase Finding Hope as soon as it is made available.
Ministry can be a trying thing. There are many calllings that can be placed on ones life. All are called but few are chosen. God has a certain purpose for each person’s life and it’s up to us whether we allow Him to use us. Just because you want to do something, doesn’t mean that you are called to do it. Ever heard the expression, “Momma called and Daddy sent”?
When you try to minister in an area that God never meant for you, things are not going to flow or fall in place. It’s kinda like a fat guy in a little coat. It doesn’t “fit” him because it wasn’t made for him. This can also cause confusion, which is not a Godly thing.
When you definitely know what God has called you to do, do it with all of your heart. Let God do the leading and ask Him to hide you behind the cross, so that people only see Him in you.
Don’t be a fat guy in a little coat. Your ministry will be a perfect fit!
As I have gotten older, it has gone to prove that you grow wiser with age. (ahem, in most cases…). I used to just blurt out how I felt about anything and anyone in ways that I am now ashamed of and am truly sorry. It’s amazing how one of the smallest members of your body, can be responsible for murdering someone’s spirit or ministry. And no, I’m not talking about the trigger finger.
I can freely talk about some of my personal situations, as most of our readers do not know my personal life or circle of friends. Names will still not be mentioned.
I am a very passionate person when it comes to things that I believe in. I believe and love and have faith with my whole heart.
Some time ago, something happened and I was tore up inside. I was really hurt. It takes a lot for me to confide in anyone outside of my husband, mother, sister, and 2 best friends. But I confided anyway. She was a true confidant in herself, but others heard the conversation. I spoke out of my hurt. My anger. My confusion. And held nothing back. I had finally let it all out. Well, low and behold, a few months later, after everything in my mind and heart had finally smoothed out, my conversation came back to bite me in the butt! Big time. Those “others” that heard, repeated everything that I had poured out, to those whom I was hurt with. (I’m the type, whom within time, I sweep it under the rug and I’m fine. I forgive, but the forgetting can be hard.) It brought all the hurt back times 10, because the ones I love where the ones who spread the damage. It definitely caused a permanent wall to form in some areas, though, I have had to lay it all down.
I have not gone out of my comfort zone circle of friends since. Though I should not have spoken out of my hurt and anger, and I did apologize to the offended party, once words are spoken, they can never be taken back. They keep going and going…
My ministry has been damaged to those who were offended and things are brought to my memory of how I felt, but I have to rebuke those memories because I have forgiven and have asked the others for forgiveness.
Be careful of what you say and do. People will always be watching or waiting for you to fall. It can and will be used against you. As I have stated in the past, I love the quote, “Lord, keep one hand around my shoulder and the other over my mouth!” I do not want to be responsible for murdering with my tongue. I want to be a compassionate encourager. And when I’m having trouble with something or a situation, I take it to the Lord in prayer. (And sometime the ones in my comfort zone.)
So beware of the little foxes that spoil the vine. It doesn’t take much to tear down what takes so long to build up.