In the midst of Family Jeopardy, photo scavenger hunts, and watching kids connect with extended family members, we took time to intentionally talk about how God has been with us and faithful to his promises.
My name is Laura Keeley and for the last 20 years I have been the Co-Director of Children’s Ministries (with my husband Bob) at 14th Street CRC in Holland, MI. I really enjoy working with children and I have had the opportunity to see many children grow and mature in their faith. This has been a great joy and is one of the best parts of the job.
I began my career as an elementary teacher. For seven years I taught in both public and Christian school classrooms in Michigan, New Jersey and Colorado. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in the Teaching of Reading. I left full time classroom teaching when my first child was born. I now have four married children. Over the last ten years, I have done some writing of curriculum, Christmas dramas and books on Faith Milestones, Church Staff Handbook and Psalm Devotional for Families. I also work for the CRCNA Faith Formation Ministries as a Regional Catalyzer.
I am interested in Faith Formation, Worship, and Curriculum. I would like to have time to read and learn more about cooking, photography and quilting.
Family devotions can be a challenge! The book Teach Us to Pray by Lora Copley and Elizabeth Vander Haagen offers a solution by using short, child-friendly readings that follow the liturgical year.
I usually enjoy an opportunity to be with the kids but on this day I was near the end of my rope and they were too. Though I wish they'd been easier on me, I'm grateful for the reminder that these kids have complex lives, too.
The new short board book, found (yes, all lowercase letters) by Sally Lloyd-Jones, is a great way to introduce kids to Psalm 23. I can see this book as a great bedtime book for a toddler.
Before our church remodeled, the kids felt comfortable in our building and knew the places where they could hang out and socialize. After the remodel, we realized the need to create kid friendly spaces.
Training events related to Coffee Break and young adult ministry are coming to Kalamazoo, MI, this January! Learn more and consider attending one of these worthwhile workshops.
Hope is much more than just a blind wish. It's having a clear expectation and the confidence that what you hope for will come to pass. Like the wise men we too have hope—hope for today and for the future.
It's easy to see my 2-year-old granddaughter learning things about church each week, but adults are developing as well. Every week I’m shaping my faith language through the things I see and hear.
My almost two-year-old granddaughter Joanna wants to jump to the balcony at church. We, her grandparents, have more experience in this world and know the power of gravity. Yet, like Joanna, we too have a hope others may not have.
Last year thirteen churches took a risk, they joined a cohort of churches willing to work with the Building Blocks of Faith Model. This model answers the question: What do people need for their faith to grow?
During our addition we added lines to represent water to a cement block wall that would be covered with brick. Everyone added their fingerprint to remember that we are baptized...
This post on Belonging leads directly to another toolkit from Faith Formation Ministries: Building Blocks of Faith! Belonging is one of the Building Blocks and one of our needs for faith to grow...posted on: The Life-Changing Impact of Belonging
Thanks Roger for this helpful comment. Placing things that encourage faith based conversation is more what I had in mind. Inspire, not require.
This week I had the same reaction from a church educator when I described how many people looked at a lesson after it was written before it was published -- She had no idea! Thanks for the...
"How Deep the Father's Love for Us" by Stewart Townend touches my soul.posted on: What Song Inspires Your Mission?
A celebration is a great way to start of a new Sunday School year. Here are a few ideas that you could do with your breakfast:Chose some of the many Minute to Win It games available online...posted on: Ideas for Promoting Sunday School Event?
Great idea, Karen. In our church a verse is written in each Bible that is given to 2nd graders. The verse is chosen by the pastor for that child. In worship during the presentation the pastor...posted on: The Cookbook Bible
Thanks Jolanda and Kim! I am looking forward to Jolanda's leadership on the Network!posted on: Moving On
What a great idea, Karen. Thanks for sharing.posted on: Left Overs?
I would chose the word "Center". During worship I put aside all the business of life and center myself on God.posted on: Worship in a Word