C. J. Mahaney on Forgettable vs. Memorable Family Vacations

Here’s what I’ve learned. The difference between forgettable vacations and unforgettable vacations is not the location or attractions. Nope. The difference between forgettable and unforgettable vacations is the father’s attitude and leadership. This makes all the difference.

Read the entire article here.

HT: Family Ministry Today


Crown of Thorns / Crown of Glory Art Project

The Midtown Kids will be making these to celebrate our Crucified but Risen King on Sunday!!  A big thanks to Jenna Schrock and Danielle Hammon for putting this idea together:

Instructions: (1) Get Paper crowns. We cut out a lot of crowns, but we’d encourage you to purchase them (this was a lot of work). You can get a pack of 12 paper crowns at a craft store for about $6.00. You may be able to get some donated from Burger King for free.  (2) Kids then cut out thorns from brown construction paper. They glue the thorns on one side of the crown. Talk about Jesus suffering and death while they are putting the thorns on the crown. Talk about how his suffering led to glory. (3) Make the other half of the crown shine with jewels, glitter, stickers, markers, crayons, etc. Jewels can be stuck on with school glue, glue sticks, or a glue gun.  Give a lot of drying time with school glue.  (4) Lastly, fit the crowns to little heads. Just use tape to keep the crowns in place.


60 Days Until VBS: Do you “like” VBS? Then, help us promote it!

There are just sixty days left before our Midtown Campus VBS.  After that, there will be only a couple of weeks before the J-town Campus version. On each of the next 60 days, I’ll share a brief thought about registration, promotion, how our planning is going, and how you can be involved.  Today’s though is about Facebook.  If you have a Facebook account, take time to help us promote by “Liking” our VBS page.  All you have to do is click here:

Then, if you are planning to serve or register your kids, go to the event pages on Facebook. You’ll find the Midtown VBS here. And you’ll find the J-town VBS here. Follow the links to register or sign-up to serve!

CDG11 Conference Video

Kathy Keller interviews Sally Lloyd-Jones about the Jesus Storybook Bible

Sally Lloyd-Jones is author of the excellent gospel-centered resource, the  Jesus Storybook Bible, (Zonderkidz, 2007).  The book invites children to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their story, too.  Lloyd-Jones is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC.  On Wednesday, April 20th from 2:00 until 2:30 EST, she will be interviewed by Kathy Keller, Assistant Director of Communications for Redeemer about the inspiration behind her Bible storybook. Viewers will be able to join in the discussion and email any questions they may have about the book to Sally. You can tune in via Live Stream on April 20th from 2:00 until  2:30pm EST. Check it out!