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Ministering to Kids and their Family in a Hospital

Ministering to Kids and their Family in a Hospital

I recently came upon a car accident where I was able to assist in a time of need. For most people, they wouldn’t think much further beyond witnessing an accident. But for the families involved in the accident, the physical pain, emotional turmoil, and spiritual journey will continue to unfold for them for much longer.

Here is how we can respond as ministers:

1) Make contact with the family. If you are on the scene of the accident, give them your business card with information and let them know you are available if you need them. Some families might later seek out your help for counseling or just a shoulder to cry on. Bottom line is make yourself available.

2) Follow up with a visit. Find out their names and visit the hospital. In some cases you will not be able to see the patients, but several family members will be in the waiting room area. Seek them out and pray with them. If you can connect with the patients, go in, pray, let them know you are available to help, and then leave. Don’t stay longer than necessary.

3) Love on those kids. Loving on the kids will speak volumes of love to the families of those kids. This particular accident needed a med-evac helicopter to transport the preschooler to the hospital. In the goody-bag that I prepared for him I put a toy helicopter that cost one buck. This will help him remember some of the heroes that came to his rescue that day.

There isn’t any need to spend a lot of money. Go to the local Christian bookstore and find some stickers and inexpensive toys. Go to Wal-Mart of the dollar store and get some fun toys that only cost a dollar. While you are there pick up a “get well” card for a buck too.

Here is my goody-bag for this trip:

hospital goody bag
1) Bibles – These are nice Bibles. This was only possible because the local Christian bookstore donated these that day. I don’t have a budget that would allow me to do this regularly.
2) Cup that costs 99 cents.
3) Helicopter toy- cost 99 cents
4) Get well card- 99 cents

Make sure to include your business card so they can get in touch with you at a later date if they need you.

As you can see, if doesn’t take much to minister to the families. These few simple steps will leave great impressions on every family you minister to in a hospital.

Stay tuned for a blog post about a goody-bag for parents who have just have a baby!

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D6days Handout for volunteers

D6days Handout for volunteers

 

Here is good quick handout for you to give your volunteers this morning at church so they can go home and listen to some of the D6 Conference speakers this afternoon.

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d6days volunteer handout

 

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D6 Days gives FREE Kidmin and Fammin training May 1-4

D6 Days gives FREE Kidmin and Fammin training May 1-4

 

D6days

Here is what you will find for FREE on d6days.com only on May 1-4, 2014.

D6 Days Content
Videos (Main Stage Sessions)
  • Darrin Patrick—Walking in the Spirit From the Inside Out
  • Lydia Randall—Balancing Busyness in Ministry
  • Rob Rienow—A Church Philosophy for the Generations
  • Dave Stone—3 Gifts for Your Kids
  • Leneita Fix—Connecting with the Urban Heart
MP3s (Breakout/Lab Sessions)
  • Tim Kimmel—A Grace Based Approach
  • Walker Moore—The Orphan Heart
  • John Trent—Where Do I Start? Finding the Plan that Works for You
  • Diana Pendley—What I Wished I Knew My First Few Years in Ministry…25 Years Later
  • Tim Smith—Creating Healthy Habits at Home
  • Bob Davis—The Importance of a Kiss. A Model of a Healthy Marriage

 

Jump in now and watch your favorite family ministry speakers. Plan on being challenged to build your family and support the families within your church as they grow in the Lord.

 

#d6days    #d62014

 

 

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Saddleback Church hosting Gathering on Mental Health and the Church on March 28

Saddleback Church will be hosting The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church on March 28, 2014.

Gathering on Mental Health Saddleback Church

Mental health affects the lives of one in every four people in the United States. There is not only a possibility that you will cross one of these people during your day, there is a certainty. Thankfully Saddleback Church has taken a lead in this prominent area that has been kept in the secrecy of our homes. Through the training, connecting, and information shared, hopefully we will begin to see hope come to the homes of those affected.

 

Visit the website here to stay up to date on information as it is released. This event will be webcasted to help reach audiences all across the U.S.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Family life, Ministry

 

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Free video editing program until Feb 4

Love free? The grab this free video editing program until Feb 4.

There are a lot of great video editing programs out there. Adobe Premiere Pro is excellent but can run $400 for old copies, and much more for the current subscription services. And Final Cut Pro is $300 bucks. One of the big challenges for churches, is the cost involved.

Hit Film

In comes HitFilms (for just a few more days) This powerful software usually costs $149, but today you can pick it up for FREE.

This software can handle all of your basic video editing needs and also provide some pretty cool options for making enhancements to your videos in ministry.

Click here to head on over to HitFilm and grab their free software until February 4.

Thanks to Tim Schmoyer, a youth minister and youtube pro, for tipping us off with this great free resource.

Feel free to leave a comment and share with us about your favorite video editing resource.

 

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New Free Kids Bible App from Youversion

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New Free Kids Bible App from Youversion

 

1. Quality – Youversion is not going to release a program sub-par. Expect supreme quality.

2. Performance – Youversion’s adult Bible app runs smooth. We can assume this kid’s Bible app will run similarly.

3. Fun. My five year old cannot put it down. He loves it! The story is well read. They illustrations are fantastic. There is a lot to interact with in each scene and achievements can be made to reward the child.

4. Great Price. Free. Not going to get better than that.

You can download the app on IOS or Android today. Get it and get your family plugged into reading the BIble!

A special thanks to Lifechurch.tv for being the source of youversion.com

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D6 Megan Lacefield #D62013 Leading the NextGen Ministry Team

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D6 Megan Lacefield #D62013

Leading the NextGen Ministry Team

Have a cohesive plan from birth to college.

Leadership starts with you.

Consistently lead up
support the core values of your pastor

Consistently lead down
Lead with excellence.
It takes constant encouragement.
Know them personally

Create a team with individual and specific job descriptions.
Create an atmosphere of crossover between ministries.
Communicate a clear vision
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Fight for the unity of the team

Do you have a plan for the next generation? Do you have a plan for your team?

Megan Lacefield
Pastor of NextGen Ministry at New River Fellowship Church
@meganlacefield

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Children's Ministry, Ministry

 

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