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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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New Free Kids Bible App from Youversion


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 for being the source of



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D6 Rob Morgan #D62013 Hope for Your Prodigal


D6 Rob Morgan #D62013
Hope For Your Prodigal

Sometimes attempting to be a D6 parent leads to L15 parenting (Deut 6, Luke 15)

Psalm 121 He who keeps Israel will never slumber nor sleep. (my child)

2 Samuel 14:14 The Lord devises means so that the Lords own will not be banished from Him

God has a way of working in our lives when we don’t realize that He is working at all

Luke 15:11-32

The correct response for a godly person is joy when anyone makes a response to God in their life

The older son was just as much a prodigal because he emblemized the pharisees

Grief/Grace Cycle when dealing with children in difficult times and situations

1. Pain
2. Prayer
James 5:16
Col. 4:13
3. Patience
4. Peace
Acts 19:36 ; Psalm 107; Matt. 8:26 ; Psalm 131
The Lord wants you to have peace in the storm and calmness in the crisis
5. Praise

Remember: Prodigals have a way of coming home.

Rob Morgan
Senior Pastor of The Donelson Fellowship


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


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D6 Dave Stone #D62013 3 Gifts for Your Kids


D6 Dave Stone #D62013

3 Gifts for Your Kids

1. Give Value to One Another

They need to know that they are of value.

We say kids are the hope of tomorrow. But we are slow to ask them to serve alongside us. We are slow to disciple them.

Make sure that the cemetary doesn’t enter into the church.

Dont fall asleep wondering if God can use you. Instead fall asleep wondering how God can use you.

Do you just sleep in your home? Or do you live in your neighborhood?

2. Extend Grace to One Another

As He extends grace to me, I am to extend grace to others.

We show grace because we need grace.

It means we need to be on the lookout for people to show grace to.

For some of us it is easier to accept that Jesus came back from the grave than to accept that God can forgive our sin.

3. Show Love to One Another

Activity for Christ does not equal intimacy with Christ

If the Holy Spirit pulled out of your life, would you even acknowledge His absence 

The next time Satan reminds you of your past remind him of his future

Dave Stone
Senior Minister of Southeast Christian Church


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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Ministry


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D6 Lydia Randall #D62013 Balancing Busyness in Ministry


Lydia Randall #D62013
Balancing Busyness in Ministry

Busy has become the new “fine.” When someone asks how we are doing, we now answer “busy”instead  of “fine”

Adjust the way we minister
1. They feel ill-equipped.
2. They feel overwhelmed.

Faith Path- A great tool for celebrating milestones
On child’s birthday, an email is sent to with training and help specific to age

Adjust as the minister
Antonym of busy in the dictionary is lazy.
We are so busy that we are lazy.
If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy
The pace we are doing God’s work is destroying God’s work within me

Schedule your Sabbath: weekly, monthly, yearly

Lydia Randall
Creator of Faith Path
My Faith Box


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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Ministry Tech Tools: Free Prayer App

ChurchMag had a recent blog on an app for prayer.

Organization is key to being effective ministers. This app is mobile which means you can use it on the go and you don’t have to be attached to your desktop computer in your church office.

People mention prayer requests to me usually when I’m heading out the door and I know my mind is ten steps ahead of me. Without paper and pen, this prayer request could potentially be forgotten. Type that request in, and have a regular time to go through requests.

Make sure you can be counted on to pray for those that are entrusted to you. They rely on your leadership. They look to you to minister to them.

Download this free app and make sure to stay on top of praying for those in your children’s ministry, student ministry, family ministry, and church.

Know of any other good prayer apps? Let us know in the comments below.



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Can one person, one action make a difference?

It is easy for us to think that in this big old world, there is too much sin to make a difference. There aren’t enough of the right people listening to make a dent in society.

We never know how God will use any of us. Doing the right thing, making a bold stand for the convictions He gives us, and speaking up whether we feel like anyone will listen are the necessary steps we need to take.

Check out one pastor’s initiative against a big company that made a difference for his family and in his community.

The Pastor vs the Billboard




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