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Our final Christmas event for the kids in our ministry was the “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party. We played Christmas games, acted out the Christmas story complete with costumes, had a surprise visit from Vicki the puppet; aka, my daughter Amanda, passed out treat bags, sang Christmas carols, ate cupcakes and sang “Happy Birthday.” See how Miss Kristen arranged our cupcakes into the name of Jesus:

Click here to see a few more photos of kids in “Nativity costumes.”

Following the party, Miss Kristen and I took our middle schoolers to Caribou Coffee for a Christmas treat. Here are a few of them:

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Today we held a Thanksgiving “Turkey Gobble” in our ministry apartment. Our final count was 61 kids and about 15 volunteers in a two bedroom apartment. And we only own 45 chairs…you can imagine what eating a Thanksgiving meal in that crowd was like! Anyway, we had a great day. Besides many of our regular awesome volunteers, my wonderful family volunteered and really helped make the day happen. Of course, Nora and Lydia were there too- which added to the fun and the work!

As the kids arrived, Miss Brandy provided them with a couple of Thanksgiving coloring sheets and a Thanksgiving BINGO card.

They colored for a few minutes and then we started serving the food which Darrell and his sister, Paula had cooked for us: turkey, jello with whipped cream, a roll. Added to the plate was some yummy corn, “cooked” by Lydia.

 

I told you she was a chef!

In addition, we had a delicious green bean casserole which Kristen had made for us (I wanted some of that so bad!) For beverages, we had ice water (my contribution, being the cook that I am!) and lemonade made by my niece Staci and Nora.

After we ate for a few minutes, Miss Brandy led us in a couple of fun rounds of Thanksgiving BINGO, assisted by Miss Julie. We were so crowded, they had to lead the game from the hallway and winners had to meet Miss Brandy in the bathroom to receive their prizes!

Next we sang this unit’s theme song (having nothing to do with Thanksgiving- but the kids love it)- “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.”

Finally, I led the kids in a Scripture verse for the day, which Amanda had printed off for us and put at each child’s plate:

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. Psalm 118:1

First, of course, we had to sing our MOST FAVORITE song- “This is My Bible.” It’s not quite the same without Mr. Jason’s electric guitar accompaniment- but the kids sang at the top of their lungs anyway.

After a short closing prayer, the kids were out the door to be handed a Thanksgiving cupcake and we quickly shut and locked it so we could clean up.

What fun we had!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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JUST FOR FUN!

The truth really is that the greatest number of people unreached for Christ world-wide are kids.

Click here and here for some details!

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Tonight was our second week of practice. You can tell these are little girls! We have six 5th and 6th graders and one 9th grader (don’t ask!) Here are a couple of photos from the first practice. Seasoned puppeteers- you can see we made “eyeballs” for practice. We’ve used them, as well as real puppets both weeks- and Julie and I think we can already see a little improvement! The girls are really excited- and we’ve got big plans to prepare and present a song in Kids Club a month from now. It’s going to be a fun process, we hope!

We do have some “eye contact” problems, as you can see!

      Our big topic of discussion tonight was changing the meaning of “M&M Puppeteers.”  We’ve done it once before in our team’s history. It seems like the right time to do it again. We’ve got a few ideas for the “M” words:

Master(s)

 Manos (Spanish for hands)

 Message/Messengers

 Ministers/Ministries

I like keeping the word “master” in our name, based on continuing to use Colossians 3:23-24 as one of our key verses:

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

What do you think? Any suggestions?

 

 

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Over 6,ooo volunteers from area churches are serving throughout Atlanta in their local communities this weekend. The end result will be cleaned up yards of senior citizens, food pantries and clothes closets organized and stocked, public school teachers blessed with thank-you gifts, visits made to nursing homes and donated furniture will be delivered to families in need.

In our case, folks from Roswell United Methodist Church and Perimeter Church made sure that the love of God was demonstrated face-to-face and hands-on during a fun Community Block Party we hosted in our ministry complex. Here are a few pictures of all the fun:

 

 

Click on this link Unite to see a video highlighting service opportunities through the ministry of Unite.

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It used to be that if we didn’t reach kids by high school, it was too late. Then junior high and now elementary. If we don’t reach these kids at 5,6,7,8 years old- we will lose an entire generation!
  -Josh McDowell
 

We see it every week at Kids Club (grades 1-5) and Mealtime (grades 6-8). We know it is critical we capture the hearts of the little ones in order to win them to Jesus for life.

 Please pray for our ministry to children. Check out the Square Peg Ministries tab above.

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