Thursday, October 7, 2021

Jesus Listens When I Pray

Prayer is the  HEARTBEAT  of the Christian home and is the cornerstone of Faith Formation. 
 Prayer is the way we spend time with God. We have a conversation with Him which includes both talking and listening.

How do we teach this to our little ones? 

The most common way that most of us have prayer time
 is at the end of the day.
Bedtime prayers are a good way to introduce
 a young child to prayer. 

Add prayer books to bedtime story time.

Soft friends make great prayer buddies. Prayer Bears can be part of prayer time.

A Prayer Bear Pattern For A Cloth Bear

Children respond well to visual prayers. This paper Prayer Bear wears a band-aid for someone who is sick. A heart reminds us of love and to pray for other people's feelings and happiness. The flower can remind us to ask God for ways
 that we can be kind to others.

 Photos of family and friends make great prayer prompts. A Buddy from the Buddy Jar can be chosen each night and prayers for that person can be said. The Buddy Jar could be part of the classroom Prayer Station.

Create a photo cube for prayer time. Simply print photos of family and friends from the computer and glue them with some Mod Podge for protection.  The non verbal child can point to a picture and prayers can be said for the person in the photo.

Use Dollar Tree plastic photo albums for photos of friends and family. 
A personal prayer book is a great way to build a foundation of lifting those we know and love to God for healing or protection.

Pope Francis developed the Five Finger Prayer. Infants and toddlers can be held while their fingers are touched and prayers are said out loud for those that each finger represents. Preschoolers and older children can touch their own fingers. Toes can work too! 

Prayer Pails can be made for mealtime prayers. This is a great way to introduce new prayers and help those who have trouble making a decision on what prayer to say. Prayers can be typed on the computer or written small enough 
to be placed on a large craft stick.

For older children a prayer journaling page is effective in helping one to slow down and focus. This page was created with the Faith based classroom in mind. At the bottom of the page , kids choose a friend to pray for, write their name on the line, say the prayer prompt , sign it and cut it out and give it to the friend.  This is a free printable.

Sometimes our words are in our minds and hearts but we can't seem to say them. Praying in Color for Kids by Sybil MacBeth is a process that is helpful for children as well as adults. 
Read more about it here.

Display written prayers for children to see around the house. 
This hangs in a friends bathroom.

Blessing boards are a great way to show how God answers prayers. When you have been blessed with an answered prayer , write it down and display it. Pictures can be drawn and photos posted as well. Blessings boards can be large or small, with a visual reminder that when prayers go up, blessings come down.

As we model prayer and give His children "tools" that help to build a foundation of a daily prayer life, His children will pray. They will pray when something goes wrong. They will pray when something goes right or when life is confusing and scary. They will pray!

Jesus Listens When I Pray

And so we teach the next generation to pray Big prayers. In all of our weakness and sins, God works his love in and thorough us. How blessed are we that by the Lord's steadfast love, we too, can drawn near to Him with our every need.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

A Peek From Last Week

 August 2021 Week #3

The Blog is where you can see the posts from the past week on the All Things Children's Ministry Facebook Group page.

Power of the 3 Word Love Language.

Households of Faith know the power of the 3 word love language. 

I Am Sorry
I Forgive You
Let's Try Again
I Love You
Jesus Loves You

Use Some Love Language this week. Even on the bathroom mirror. Fine the power and use it as armor against the daily fight with the devil.
1 Peter 5: 8-9 " Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings."

Scripture T Shirt Graphic

To celebrate over 300 followers at All Things Children's Ministry this free Scripture T Shirt graphic that I created is available for printing. It can be printed ledger size for the classroom. Each child can be given one to color and then all of the t-shirts can be hung on a bulletin board strung on a clothes line. 
Print multiples on a page for Bible book marks, journal and planner pages.

Marvelous & Magnificent Gift Tag


Treats for BACK TO EVERYTHING for teachers, friends, pastors, ministry leaders, mailman, and even front porch treats for the UPS and FEDX deliveries.
Click on the label sheet to download and print.
Prayers for a M&M year.
Pray Big! Love Much! Be Kind

Kids In The Kitchen

Fun Friday Family time with these easy kid approved recipes from Pillsbury.

Faith Word Card For August Week #4

Click on the graphic to download and print. 
Find Ephesians 6:10-20 in your Bible.
Highlight the verse.
Mark the place with the Faith Word Card.

August Week #4 Devotion Newsletter

Chalk Board Scripture Doodle

Look for this fun chalk board each week and my BeeBee Avatar for a new Scripture Doodle that you can download and print to use in you journal, planner and the margin of the Bible.
Click on the graphic below to download and print.



Thursday, July 29, 2021

Jesus Listens When I Pray

 A new month brings new beginnings and at All Things Children's Ministry we are excited for a new season of sharing , encouraging and cheering each other on in our roles of parenting and teaching. 

This Family Prayer Calendar project has been on my heart for along tine and I am over the moon excited to share with you the first monthly calendar for this new season of ministry.

Each month, families will find a prayer starter to use each day to encourage one another to take time out of the day and pray. 

 At the bottom of the calendar is a focus verse . Weekly devotion posts will include encouragement from the  focus verse and can be found  on my Facebook Ministry Group page All Things Children's Ministry.

 Click on the calendar to download and print. The calendar prints full page 8.5 x 11.

To go along with the focus verse of the month will be a Scripture Doodle that I create . This Scripture Doodle card prints 3 x 2.5 and can be be printed in multiples of 6 and 9 to be used for sharing, bookmarks and journaling. Click on the graphic to download to your computer.


Prayer is our Armor against sin and the devil. Prayer is an essential part of faith formation for our children and ourselves. It is how we have a relationship with God. It is how we allow Him to be part of our day. It is how we grow in our faith walk with the Heavenly Father.
Prayer time will build up a wall of protection for our hearts and homes.


@All Things Children's Ministry

Monday, February 8, 2021

Sprinkled With Love


Hello February 2021. Let us take some time and Sprinkle Some Love!

I'm posting a fun Valentine cupcake recipe that my granddaughter and I are going to attempt to make this weekend. She loves to be a helper in the kitchen and this recipe and process will be a good fit for a toddlers attention span and ability. We will find some pretty bags and ribbons to package our cupcakes  and share with friends and family.

To make the Love of God strawberry heart cupcakes you will need:
1. Any flavor cake mix. We may use red velvet or strawberry.
2. Large strawberries
3. Store bought white icing
4. 8 oz cream cheese
5.Vanilla extract
6.Cup cake liners

Prepare the the cake mix according to the directions and pour into the cup cake liners. Get the baking instructions from the box.

Spoon the icing into a bowl and add softened cream cheese and 2 tsp of vanilla.
When the cupcakes have cooled , cover the tops with the icing.

Wash the berries and cut a "v" shape at the top  to create a heart shape. Slice into about 3 pieces. Place one slice on each cupcake.

We are like the cupcakes. Pretty plain until sweeter, prettier things are added to us. God washes us clean in our baptism. He sprinkles His colorful love on us each day with His grace and mercy. He fills our heart with joy so that we can love others.
Make some Love of God cupcakes! Sprinkle some kindness and love on others. Share from your heart and hands.
"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19