What’s Up (part 2!): A Preview for Fall, 2012

We are so excited about what we have planned for you this fall…new tools, new downloads, new ways to connect with our team as you learn about special needs and grow your programs! Here are a few more details…

We just launched a brand new website! Please click on over and register with us. You’ll find downloads, articles, forms and inspiration! And…it’s all FREE!

On October 13, come and see us in the great state of Texas! Steve Grcevich will be teaching two workshops at the Faith and Disability Symposium in Katy, TX. This conference is full of unique workshops designed to take your ministry to a higher level…and guaranteed to encourage you. Our friend and colleague, Denise Briley is one of the leaders of this conference…you MUST meet her! Her enthusiasm  for inclusion is priceless. To learn more about this conference, click here.

If you’re in Northeast Ohio, you can find us at the Annual Autism Forum on Thursday, October 18. We’ll be participating in a panel on faith-based communities. We’d love to see you there! For more information, contact The ARC of Stark County at 330-492-5225.

Later this fall, we’ll travel to central Pennsylvania for the Engage Children’s Ministry Training Event on November 9 and 10. Steve will be teaching two breakouts there, and he hopes to meet you! This is a fast-growing conference designed to meet the needs of pastors and volunteers by offering over 40 workshops, plus a keynote with Sue Miller! And…the conference is only $20!

Next, our second annual online training event, Inclusion Fusion, is scheduled for November 12-16. This conference is FREE…and anyone with a computer, smart phone or tablet can access it from anywhere in the world! You’ll be treated to wisdom from Amy Dolan, Jim Pierson, Beth Guckenberger, Shannon Dingle, Aaron Scheffler, and many, many more! Registration opens on Sunday at www.inclusionfusion.org

And, last but not least, we’re collaborating with the publishers of K! Magazine to give you a year-long, in-depth series of articles on special needs inclusion. We hope this will be helpful as you plan and develop your programs and relationships.

Happy, happy autumn…hope yours is full of crisp apples and crisp ideas!


Five Facts for Friday {8.24.12 edition} + Group KidMin Registration

Hello, friends!
I hope you have had a great week. Yesterday was the first day of school in our little town…so fun to see elementary schoolers with shiny new shoes and great big backpacks eagerly waiting for the bus! And, in our family, our son headed off for his first day of sophomore year, while our daughter continues to pack for college. Time flies!

Just a reminder for anyone who might be interested…the Group KidMin Conference is selling out, but you have an opportunity to save on your registration! Visit this link to learn more. I’m really excited about this conference, and I hope to see you there! (More information in the next couple of weeks!

And now…

Five Facts for Friday
1. There are two bright red leaves on my dogwood tree, telling me that chilly, cozy weather is on the way.
2. Luxury=brand new school supplies.
3. Heard in our house…Annie: “I’m going to miss Bill when I go to college. No matter what, I know he’s always got my back.”
4. Good advice from Shakespeare: “To thine own self be true.”
5. A fun game from my friend Carly Cott: Choose 4 people (living or dead) that you’d like to invite for dinner (religious figures excluded…) I’d invite Harriet Tubman, Katie Couric, Mandy Patinkin and Tom Wetherbee. Who would you choose?

Easter M&M Story: “The Sweet Truth of Easter”

It’s Holy Week, so for those of you who are working or volunteering with children in churches, it’s a busy and exciting time. I love when I come across something fresh and fun that conveys the Gospel, and today’s post shares just that! You might remember this post about the M&M Christmas Story….Well…Bethany Tapp, a children’s Ministry Director in Dubai, India, has created an M&M Easter Story! Here is the poem she wrote:

Poem: The SWEET Truth of Easter

These candies tell a story~
the best news you’ll ever hear.
~It’s about Jesus dying on the cross
so that we could be brought near.

So hold them and turn them and you will see…
the “M” become a “W”an “E” and then a “3″

The “E” stands for… Easter….
God’s everlasting love and His eternal plan.

It reminds us of the cross
and the way God rescued sinful man

The “3″ represent the 3 days Jesus spent in the grave….
By His death, His children He did save

The “M” reminds us of the mercy the Messiah showed
as He died in our place.
and the miracle of the resurrection
so we can see Him face to face.

The “W” reminds us… that He alone
is worthy of our worship and praise
and calls us to be His witnesses
around the world for all of our days.
~By Bethany Tapp

{As always, be aware of food allergies and sensitivities before distributing any food to the students in your care.}

Bethany has also created a printable that you can distribute…you can download it here at Ministry To Children. (and, if you’re not yet familiar with this website, please take some time to click through it…wonderful, helpful resources! Tony Kummer is the site’s administrator.)

Thanks, Bethany, for this great resource!

Savoring the story…

Tomorrow: Five Facts for Friday
Next week: More amazing people I know {who happen to have autism}