Month: February 2015

Lost Sheep Resources

QBKidsWhen Jesus wanted to change lives he told stories. That’s what we do at Lost Sheep — and at the centre of our stories is Jesus. Some stories are about him, some are by him, but all of them point to him. We take the spirituality of children seriously but also believe the gospel is fun. Lost Sheep create resources to assist parents, teachers and children’s workers build the faith of kids in Aus!

Why not purchase a Church Membership and receive multi-person instant access to all the Lost Sheep stories, activities and resources. From just $99 (if this is beyond the church budget email us.)
There are digital stories for the big screen that will transform you into a storytelling dynamo. Activity books bursting with 600 printable activity sheets. And, if you feel you don’t know enough to teach the kids, check out the ‘Sheepdog school’ biblical background materials. Lost Sheep resources are excellent for Sunday schools, all age ministry, messy church and outreach.
Download a free Cecil the Lost Sheep Storytelling kit, Sheepdog School and 32 page Activity Book. Test them out on the kids and oldies at your church.
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Footnotes: http://lostsheep.com.auTry these resources for FREE! https://www.lostsheep.com.au/free-cecil/

Post date: 18/02/2015Post 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 resources post:

QBKidsQBKids is happy to include the following resource post on our website:
Lost Sheep Resources
When Jesus wanted to change lives he told stories. That’s what we do at Lost Sheep — and at the centre of our stories is Jesus. Some stories are about him, some are by him, but all of them point to him. We take the spirituality of children seriously but also believe the gospel is fun. Lost Sheep create resources to assist parents, teachers and children’s workers build the faith of kids in Aus!
For this resource post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Mainly Music Easter 2015

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If you’ve seen the Easter eggs out at Woolies or Coles already and thought it was WAY too early- think again! It’s time to start prepping for Easter activities! If you’re involved in Mainly Music, then here are some great new resources for your Easter program this year!

If you are interested in gifting ‘the message’ of Easter to families attending your playgroup
or a kids’ ministry and you’d like a value for money option that clearly speaks the message – you’ll probably be interested in these titles.

 

To see the new resources, right click the promotional picture and select ‘Open Image in New Tab” – they are wonderful!

To purchase these items, please go onto our website – www.mainlymusic.org – and create a membership. There are sample pages you can download to check the content. To obtain prices offered, enter EASTER15 into ‘promotional code’ in the shopping cart. Need to ask questions? Call us on 1300 668 496.

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Footnotes: http://www.mainlymusic.org

Post date: 04/02/2015Post 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 resources post:

QBKidsQBKids is happy to include the following resource post on our website:
Mainly Music Easter 2015
If you’ve seen the Easter eggs out at Woolies or Coles already and thought it was WAY too early- think again! It’s time to start prepping for Easter activities! If you’re involved in Mainly Music, then here are some great new resources for your Easter program this year!
For this resource post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Are You Wearing Your Seatbelt?

splodgeheaderECHILD SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT.

Yep, I said it. Arguably the 4 most boring (or scary) words in children’s ministry. I get it, you sit in front of the computer at the beginning of every year (if we’re lucky) and think of all the possible ways children can injure themselves at your ministry, and then dream up ways to prevent/manage them. It’s time consuming…
So is pouring over volunteer application forms and blue card registries and children’s allergy lists. Unless you’re one of the few God blessed with the ability to get excited by excel spreadsheets and matrixes of data, then this side of children’s ministry bores (or scares) you to tears- if you even actually complete it!

I have thought it to myself, too, “I signed up to tell kids about Jesus, and spend time playing with them, teaching them and loving them! I am NOT a risk-management person! Why does this have to be MY job!?” And when I finally get around that thought, I sit down in front of the reams of paperwork and think, “This is TOO hard, how on earth do I get this done, and WHERE do I start?” Finally, even when it’s done, I put my pen down and think, “Well I hope we’re never audited or have an accident because I’m really not sure we’d pass…”

But here is the deal: Risk management and child safety are non-negotiable, fundamentally important aspects of our programs. For a start, if we aren’t compliant with legislation, not only are we putting our churches at risk of litigation, we are putting our teams of leaders at risk of the same. If we let our risk assessments and child safety slide, we are putting our kids at risk of danger – and that is exactly what Jesus instructs us not to do. Matthew 18:6 tells us that if anyone causes offense to a child, it would be better for them to have a millstone around his neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. Jesus takes child protection pretty seriously.

Risk assessments and child safety is like wearing a seatbelt. It is habit to put on your seatbelt when you get into the car because a) it is the law and b) you don’t want to go flying through the windscreen of the car in an accident. You don’t wear it because every time you get in the car you know you’ll need it – rather, you wear it because you never know when you will. You don’t want the one time you forgot it to be the time you slam into the car in front, and you certainly better hope that if that happens, that you had it clicked in properly. (None of this wearing-it-under-your-arm nonsense). Child safety is the same. It should be habit. It should be done every time you get behind the wheel of children’s ministry – because it’s the law, and because it will help you should you have an accident- and you never know what day that might be.

It’s foolish to think that we are under some sort of special exemption just because we belong to churches. If anything, we should have a higher standard of child safety management, so that when people ask if they can trust us with their children, we can be sure that they can. Our churches should be lights to our community, places of hope and safety – not darkness and danger. And I know it’s hard, and time consuming and at times confusing- so we want to help.

Many of our churches use the “Child Safe” program – we encourage you. It is a very detailed and thorough program that covers all – above and beyond- the issues and requirements of our current child safety laws. Many of you, however, have expressed that ChildSafe is too much for your ministry, and you are a volunteer who has no experience with child safety, and don’t know how to comply with the law or keep your kids safe, because you’re unsure where to start.

SO HERE WE GO: To cater for churches who are unable to adopt ChildSafe for any reason, Queensland Baptists has produced an alternative risk management strategy that complies with the legislative requirements and is simpler to implement. A copy of this strategy can be obtained from Ken Conwell, our Professional Standards Officer (and all-round superhero). In addition, we have partnered with Baptist Insurance Services, and have come up with some tools to make it easier for you. We have simple, easy to read documents you can access to read all you need to know on how to comply with the law for child safety. We have also put together an example ‘risk management’ strategy matrix that you can download, use and adapt to suit your ministry, rather than try to start from scratch. We are doing all we can to help, because at the end of the day, we know that you really do want to be sitting on the floor playing with the kids, not at the desk filling out files – and we really do want you there too. So take these tools, and please let us help you keep your kids safe, so you can spend more time telling them about Jesus.
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Footnotes: http://baptistinsurance.com.au/Risk-Management-For-Churches Check out this link for helpful resources you can download for free!  • For more information on these forms, tools and resources, and more information about child safety and risk management for your children’s ministry, please contact Ken by emailing ken.conwell@qb.com.au or me (Sally) at qbkids@qb.com.au

Post date: 04/02/2015Post Author: Sally Contessi

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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:

QBKidsAre You Wearing Your Seatbelt?
CHILD SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT.

Yep, I said it. Arguably the 4 most boring (or scary) words in children’s ministry. I get it, you sit in front of the computer at the beginning of every year (if we’re lucky) and think of all the possible ways children can injure themselves at your ministry, and then dream up ways to prevent/manage them. It’s time consuming…
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

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