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Diane Dykgraaf

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Program Coordinator for Worship Ministries of the CRC

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"I Love You, Jesus"

Kathy took great care in telling her Story Hour children that Bible stories are true. She wasn't sure, however, what impression she was making. But one day a mother of one of Kathy's three-year-olds shared a story from home. 

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Growing in Story Hour

I had the opportunity to take my youngest grandson, Connor, to and from Story Hour. Connor talked fondly of what his teachers told him and developed a “matter of fact attitude” about God. It is a blessing!

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Story Hour Fun in Drayton

Anja Noordam has been involved in Coffee Break and Story Hour for 27 years; that’s a lot of experience! Here are a few things she has learned about crafts, clean-up, and making Bible stories stick. 

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Advent in the Atrium

For the last several years, groups of young people from several of the local schools have blessed the CRC staff at "1700" with music of the Advent and Christmas season! 

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Advent Worship: Prayer for Syria

Our fellow Christians in Syria, Lebanon, and Germany share this Advent Liturgy and urge us to join them in worship and prayer for peace for Syria.

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  • Beautiful! Thank you, Ken.

  • Thanks for this, Kevin. It rings so true, and I appreciate your wisdom. So much healing is needed, and it's important for us as worship leaders to realize that every minute of the service can...

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  • This is a great discussion. Up front I'll say that my church is mostly of the 'get dressed up for church' mindset. There is freedom however, to come in jeans or casually dressed which I...

  • Thank you, Jolene. This is such an encouraging message for today and every day!

  • Amen, Scott! When my kids were little we had a very special 'regular' grandmotherly woman in the nursery - and as mothers we knew that no matter if our children cried, fussed, were 'angels' (or...

  • Love this, Staci! I remember getting together with cousins, uncles and aunts, grandpa and grandma, having a meal (potluck) , and then singing together - every Christmas carol we could think of and...

  • I love this - thank you, Rebecca! I have wonderful memories of family worship with my grandchildren. In addition to the Bible story and singing (don't forget to sing together!), we always read a...

  • Life is precious. Thank you for sharing your story of Dylan, Mark, and for your honesty that there are no easy answers in this life. I'm thankful that as Christians we know that God holds all...

  • Sharing a meal, in our homes or churches, can be another one of those 'ordinary means of grace' that seem small but can have real meaningful effects. There's something about sitting around a table...

  • Along with some of the things you've described, we also had a theme song for Advent that was sung each week during Advent in different places in the worship service. The church could choose a...