A Simple Request: Please Wash Your Hands!

I was at Starbucks the other day and I saw this "instructional" sign in the bathroom and it made me think of something. Now, this might be a little gross, but stay with me...

The Walleye

On the way home from my Grandma's 80th birthday party, Sari had to go to the bathroom.  We stopped at this gas station off of I-35.  As we pulled in to this place the...

The Need for Family Discipleship #1

A couple of weeks ago, Hayward Wesleyan Church shared some of the vision for this next year. For as long as Hayward Wesleyan has been under Pastor Mark Wilson's leadership (20+ years), the mantra...

Stop The Candy Shop (video)

[vimeo 20833462 w=570 h=242] These are not fun conversations to have, but they are necessary. The video embedded above is about child sex trafficking. It is done with taste and class and depicts an escalating...

“The Bible” Statement

This year in Middle School Youth (msy YOUTH) on Wednesday evenings, we have been walking through the stories of the Bible... trying to unpack the statement above about God, his plan to fix this...

Sign Decorations for Adventures on Promise Island VBS 2012

We used 5 gallon pails ($2.87 from Walmart) along with some Tiki torches (around $4.00 from Walmart), and some rocks "borrowed" from our landscaping at the church. We used these as a "hanger" for...

Teachers Don’t Work Hard Enough? // Infographic

I know quite a lot of teachers. They work very hard, put in a lot of hours, and most care deeply about the students they teach. It's helpful to know and see what they...

What Does 7,000,000,000 (7 Billion) People Look Like?

Dencity provides a color-coded representation of what 7 Billion people on planet earth looks like. As you can see, the United States is sparse when it comes to population density. Just look at China, India, and Pakistan...

Two Men and a Strange Message | Cornelius and Peter [video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjWys0dZbG8?rel=0] In Main Street, we show succinct video clips of Bible stories fairly often. This video was very helpful for summarizing a very complicated story with far-reaching implications. Prior to showing this video I had...

Derek Redmond and His Father

When I was in high school, my youth pastor, Mike Mobly loved sharing this story with us. We probably heard it 10+ times. Mike told it so well that I could almost picture the...

Quotes from Kids in Followers #5

During Followers 2010-2011, the students interacted with phrases, verses and Bible stories. On the last day of Followers, we had the students write down some practical applications of actually practicing these principles in real...

NEW Main Street tradition (update)

I'm always thinking about ways to "teach" using traditions (things we do every week on purpose). Every week in Main Street (HWC's children's ministry on Sunday morning) we sing a couple of songs, celebrate birthdays...