Month: September 2014

BE LOVE Baptist World Aid Resources

splodgeheaderDOn Be Love Sunday, your church can give children in poverty LIFE, LOVE and HOPE through Baptist World Aid child sponsorship! For your church, Be Love Sunday is a great time to celebrate and pray for children in your community as well as those living in poverty. As you do this, you can offer the opportunity for people to share God’s love by sponsoring a child.

On Sunday our church celebrated ‘Be Love Sunday’ – it was great seeing kids from our service running round with yellow balloons! Every balloon that bounced around our church hall represented a child, and reminded us that many more children in our local area and far beyond are experiencing life in poverty – a life God never meant for His children to endure. If your church wants to partner with Baptist World Aid, or if you are just looking for some kids ministry resources that teach children about poverty and God’s view on it, and how they can make a difference, then click this link for some awesome resources and lessons for kids. CLICK HERE FOR THE RESOURCES

Thanks Baptist World Aid, you guys are making a difference in this world, and we want to join in.

Be Love!

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Footnotes: http://www.baptistworldaid.org.au

Post date: 25/09/2014Post Author: Sally Foord

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsBE LOVE Baptist World Aid Resources
On Be Love Sunday, your church can give children in poverty LIFE, LOVE and HOPE through Baptist World Aid child sponsorship!
For your church, Be Love Sunday is a great time to celebrate and pray for children in your community as well as those living in poverty. As you do this, you can offer the opportunity for people to share God’s love by sponsoring a child.

For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Give Up & Go Have A Cup of Coffee

splodgeheaderDChildren’s Ministry Leaders of Queensland Baptist churches!! Do you have an hour to give up for a coffee and a chat? If so, I’d LOVE to hear from you!
If you have never seen the movie ‘UP’ I encourage you to- I would like to describe myself as ‘Dug’ – the dog. His best line is “My name is Dug, I have JUST met you, and I love you.” I feel this way towards children’s ministry leaders. I would LOVE to meet with you!

 

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Over the past year of taking on this role on the Qb Kids and Families Team, I have met quite a few fantastic people in children’s ministry! It’s been great sitting down and talking about what God is doing in our local churches and families. If you feel excited about what God is doing and want to share your excitement, or you feel alone and discouraged and don’t know what you’re doing, or you have questions about anything in between, please have coffee with me! I would love to meet up and talk about ways we can partner together and reach the children and families of our areas for Jesus.

If you would like to meet up, please email me at sally.foord@qb.com.au or qbkids@qb.com.au to arrange a time for me to come find you and chat (and shout you a coffee!). I would LOVE to meet you!
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Post date: 16/09/2014Post Author: Sally Foord

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsGive Up & Go Have A Cup of Coffee
Children’s Ministry Leaders of Queensland Baptist churches!! Do you have an hour to give up for a coffee and a chat? If so, I’d LOVE to hear from you!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

FREE Family Devotions for your church family!

splodgeheaderGIf you want to encourage families in your church or community to be investing int heir child’s spiritual lives, here is a way to do it effectively! It is a fact that the biggest and most effective influence in a child’s spiritual life is their parents. So if you want to be reaching kids and families for more than just the hour you see them each week, here is a way you can do it FOR FREE!
We all want to be able to reach kids for Jesus the best way we can – but we know that in order to make a REAL difference, we need to see whole families worshipping God together, and spending time with Jesus together as a family. It’s tough trying to equip parents, especially when they aren’t sure how to start these sorts of spiritual conversations, so HERE is a really simple way to help them. Email out FREE family devotions for them to do each week – from SPLINK!

Splink is a simple way to link your family together spiritually. Through FREE weekly emails packed with ideas, Splink helps you and your family engage in conversation. Whether it’s making memories or having fun together, Splink allows you to capture those teachable moments to impress spiritual truths and life lessons on your kids. No matter where you are, there’s always time to Splink!

Check it out… JUST HIT SUBSCRIBE! d6family.com/splink/ (see the link in the ‘Footnotes’ section of this post)[image url=”http://kids.qb.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Screenshot-2014-09-01-14.43.09.png” raw=”true” alignment=”center” margin_left=”0″ margin_right=”0″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ width=”471″ height=”293″]

For more information, email Sally at qbkids@qb.com.au
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Footnotes: http://d6family.com/splink/

Post date: 01/09/2014Post Author: Sally Foord

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsFREE Family Devotions for your church family!
If you want to encourage families in your church or community to be investing int heir child’s spiritual lives, here is a way to do it effectively! It is a fact that the biggest and most effective influence in a child’s spiritual life is their parents. So if you want to be reaching kids and families for more than just the hour you see them each week, here is a way you can do it FOR FREE!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Kidshaper Conference – Retrospect Lesson #2

splodgeheaderCPs Wayne Alcorn preached on leadership. He’s the national leader of ACC churches, and he spoke on how leaders can build something of worth. We take a look at Nehemiah here, a guy who did a lot of building, and a lot of leading. Nehemiah was moved to lead out of the passion He had for God and His people. In Ps Wayne’s words, Nehemiah prayed, got a team together and got building. What a great way to start!
Ps Wayne was clear: when we are used by Jesus to start building something great for God’s Kingdom, the devil will hate it. He will want to attack and to interrupt and break down what is giving Glory to God. You can bet if what you are building is pointing to Jesus, that the devil wants to tear it down. And we see this in Nehemiah. His enemies come in at chapter 2, verse 19 specifically. Have a read of what they say. Throughout the book Nehemiah is interrupted by his enemies, trying to break down what Nehemiah is trying to build, because they know it will be great. Here are some of the ways we as leaders can be broken down, when we start to honour God.

We start to believe our enemy’s lies:
1. 2:19 “…’what is it you are doing?’ they asked, “Are you rebelling against the king?’” We can be broken down by this lie from our enemy: We are doing the wrong thing. The objective of this lie is to confuse us. Have you ever stopped and thought maybe what you’re doing is a horrible idea? Filled with doubt, confusion, the voices in your head tell you that what you’re doing is a bad idea, and that it won’t work. Don’t listen! If your vision is from God- go for it, and be faithful! Remember- every time the enemy tells you a lie – Holy Spirit has an answer! The best way to fight confusion is conviction. Hold tight to what God has convicted you of, and keep building! Look to Nehemiah’s conviction: “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding…” If it is God’s will for your ministry to spread His gospel and bring Him glory – you can bet that it will!

2. 4:3 “… ’What they are building- even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” The second lie leaders who are building for God hear is, “You aren’t good enough, and you will fail.” The objective of this lie is to belittle you. But Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Christ Jesus created us, and God prepared our works. We don’t need to worry about being good enough- our God is more than good, and it on Him who we rely! Don’t listen to this lie- you are never asked to be ‘good enough’ –only to surrender to Jesus! It is a relief to be reminded that it is God’s ministry, God’s church, and God’s people – and He will see it built to HIS desires – despite how ‘good’ we are at building. How often do we see God use very, very ordinary, underqualified people to do His work throughout the Bible!

3. 6:11 “Wherever you turn, they will attack us,” The Jews began to fear their enemies; they started to believe that their enemies were stronger than their God. Lie number 3 is “you’re going to suffer and God won’t look after you”, and the objective here is to discourage you. How many times in ministry have we thought God was calling us to something, but the thought of failure, or the idea of having to sacrifice for it was too much? When God calls you to something, you can be sure He will carry you through it. He carries us through trials and storms daily, and He wants us to fully rely on Him, not to fear our enemies, or things that could hurt us along the way. Nehemiah encouraged the Israelites to “walk in the fear of our God…” not our enemies! What we focus on really does affect us – so don’t focus on the fear, focus on Jesus. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

4. The fourth and final lie leaders believe: “we should make a deal.” The objective here is to make you COMPROMISE. I put this in capitals because SO many great leaders have fallen down and believed this lie. Do not be tempted to compromise your integrity! Jesus was told this lie by the devil in the desert, and Nehemiah was asked to compromise his vision too. 6:2 “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plains of Ono.” But Nehemiah knew that it was a scam from his enemies. Look at his reply, “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down…” Nehemiah was assured that God had given him a task, and would not compromise and consult with his enemies. Sometimes we are offered a choice to compromise what we are doing. The compromise can be attractive; it can make our task look easier, more appealing and even more efficient. But when leaders compromise, it helps no one. When we compromise on our own standards, and fall into sin, we are serving ourselves. And a leader who is seeking to serve themself cannot point others to Jesus. When we are faced with compromise, we can respond like Nehemiah. “I am carrying on a great project and I cannot go down…” We can look to Jesus, and how He responded; “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord and serve Him only.’” Like Jesus, and Nehemiah, we are to serve the Lord, not ourselves, and when we don’t give into this lie, and focus on Jesus and not on how to build something that glorifies ourselves, we can be used by God to reach many people for Him.

The lies that leaders believe that Ps Wayne outlined are, I’m sure, familiar to all of us. But as Barry Newton, aka Squirt the Clown, told us at the conference: “the most effective lie the devil uses to bring us down, is that you are all on your own.” This lie makes us all feel as if we are the only ones who have self-doubts, gets discouraged, is tempted, and gets confused. But it’s not true! We are serving Jesus in a family, as a team, with Christ as the head. And we were never intended to feel isolated! And Jesus has equipped those he calls to serve, with weapons to fight these lies. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” This passage says ‘we’. That means we should never feel as if we are fighting these lies alone. We have unity in Christ to work together to spread His gospel, and extend His kingdom. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. You have been called into leadership to make a difference for the kingdom, and Jesus will equip you with people, and with whatever you need. Have courage to build something of worth, for the kingdom, not just a ministry that looks good from the outside.
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Footnotes: http://acckids.org.auFor more information on Kidshaper conference, or ACC Kids, have a look at their fantastic website full of training and resources!!

Post date: 01/09/2014Post Author: Sally Foord

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsKidshaper Conference – Retrospect Lesson #2
Wayne preached on leadership. He’s the national leader of ACC churches, and he spoke on how leaders can build something of worth. We take a look at Nehemiah here, a guy who did a lot of building, and a lot of leading. Nehemiah was moved to lead out of the passion He had for God and His people. In Ps Wayne’s words, Nehemiah prayed, got a team together and got building. What a great way to start!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Kidshaper Conference – Retrospect by Sally Foord

splodgeheaderDAfter being away at Kidshaper Conference, I feel God has given me a fresh vision and zeal for serving the churches and families that I work with. I have taken some time to write what I have learnt at Kidshaper, and hopefully encourage you too!
August is my favourite month for 3 reasons. It’s cold – I love winter, it’s my birthday month (hooray!) and Kidshaper conference. It’s an amazing conference by the ACC Kids ministry, and it leaves me refreshed, encouraged and inspired to run this race of reaching kids for Jesus with zeal!

As a result of my time away at the conference, I feel like God has refreshed and renewed my vision for reaching these kids and families, and so I thought I would share why, and a little bit of what I have learnt in the last week after spending time with great leaders and other like-minded, fiery, passionate advocates for the littlest members of our society.

Lesson 1 – Andy Kirk: Matthew 7:24-27
First of all, the conference was themed around “Building something of Worth.” I was challenged to go beyond just building a great children’s ministry that looks great on the outside- fun, colourful, attractive- with all the bits and bobs we so know and love about kids ministry (You know what I mean; the team t-shirts, the state of the art audio-visual gear, the colourful banners and upbeat music), and to build something that truly meets children where they are and teaches them the gospel. God’s crazy love for the ones He sent His son. I was encouraged by Andy Kirk, national leader of Acc Kids, to start by building a good foundation. He challenged me to assess first my own walk with Christ, and ensure it was truly my foundation for ministry. If I try to achieve anything in ministry asides from what is built firmly on the rock of Christ, in troubled times and the storms of life- what I have built will wash away. He spoke of 2 signs that show us our foundation is not on Christ but on ourselves:

1. You are hearing what you want to hear, not what you need to hear. How many times in ministry have “we really felt” that God was calling us to something, and gone ahead with it based on our own desires. We build a foundation based on what we desire instead of waiting on God’s direction. We may even ask ten people for wise advice, and instead of listening to the 8 wise people who told us to wait on God and not go that direction, we take the 2 peoples’ advice we like and move ahead anyway. We find Bible verses that back up what we want to do rather than wait on God to speak. Certainly God calls us for action and faith despite our circumstances sometimes, but more often He guides us through His Word and our Godly peers what direction we should take. But when we are so set on building our own empire, we base our foundation on whatever suits us best! Building on the rock of Christ will always be a solid foundation, rather than on our sandy foolishness. When we make decisions for the direction of our ministry to children, do we make them based on what Christ has asked? Or do we base them on what we want to do for ourselves? It’s a hard question, but it’s worth asking!

2. You are focusing on the storm. When you have a firm foundation under your feet, you don’t fear the storm. In a large house, with a strong foundation, you may hear the storm, hear the wind rattle the windows, and even see the lightning, but you don’t fear the storm because you know you are safe in your home. If you pitch a tent in the sand, a storm is sure to scare you, and you will listen for every wave of wind and crack of thunder. We start to ‘fix’ things ourselves: a poorly constructed tarpaulin here, a few extra pegs there. It’s a haphazard job, and given a big enough storm, no matter how great the ‘fixits’ are, the tent will wash away. When we are firmly and definitely founded on Christ, no matter what comes our way, we don’t fear the storm, we can weather it. We are not moved because we are assured that God has called us to where we are in that moment. If you are focusing on the storm, on the trouble around you, it may be worth asking, am I worried because my foundation isn’t strong enough? You are not strong enough to base your whole ministry on, only Christ can be the foundation for our ministry, all other attempts to build something of worth are futile.

Don’t wait for your house to crumble around you before you assess your foundation! Take time to inspect the direction you are heading in, and maybe realign your vision with what Jesus has actually asked of you! What a relief to know that the weight doesn’t need to rest on us, but that Jesus asks us to cast everything onto Him. There is freedom in that!
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Footnotes: http://acckids.org.auFor more information on Kidshaper conference, or ACC Kids, have a look at their fantastic website full of training and resources!!

Post date: 01/09/2014Post Author: Sally Foord

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsKidshaper Conference – from Sally Foord
After being away at Kidshaper Conference, I feel God has given me a fresh vision and zeal for serving the churches and families that I work with. I have taken some time to write what I have learnt at Kidshaper, and hopefully encourage you too!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

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