IDEA: Children’s Advent Calendar

Advent gives us the opportunity to focus on Christ’s Coming.  Simply download, print and share with your little ones!

CHILDREN’S ADVENT “Names of Jesus” ACTIVITIES Calendar
(A resource for Sunday Children’s sermons, use in any of your Children’s Ministries programs, Afterschool Club, etc.) Women’s Ministries engaging youth and adults is important ministry indeed!

Every day during the month of December one name of Jesus is given. Day 1: Youth make papercraft Advent Candles. Days 2-25 much learning is done- simple illustrations that help us to understand who Jesus is as we celebrate the season of Christ’s coming.

DOWNLOAD: Childrens Advent Book-Knowing Him by Name.pub

PREVIEW ADVENT CALENDAR

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Simply Wonderful programs…

For years I have mourned the assumption by many that Women’s Ministries is a silly social group layered in “bubble gum” themes, and am concerned that are not our best advocates.

Women desire both community connection and life-giving content infused with the Gospel. Because we live in a broken world, we fully experience all that it is to be human. Love. Loss. Pain. Joy. Elation. Brokeness. Concern. Longing. Loneliness.  Our roles and relationships leave us exhausted. The Women’s Ministries group is a safe, loving place where Christ is welcomed as central to everything we do.

And so – we can choose better!  Infuse meaning into every act.  Every time we gather we have the opportunity to make this holy time.  Use symbols, projects, tutorials, and even….(gasp) celebrations to make the main thing *the main thing. Infuse JOY!   Allow the Spirit to transform your women.

IDEAS!  Simply Wonderful Programs.  This is an IDEAs platform where you can browse and identify programs that can be adapted to your location. Find free downloads and materials that can be used without hours and hours of preparation.  Use these resources for other groups as well- you are limited only by your own imagination!   I have determined to present only cost-conscious ideas as prices do not determine effectiveness.  Currently serving in Moldova, Eastern Europe, I am keenly aware that inspiration and connection are achieved as women spin “hay into gold”.

Find some of our favorite ideas for your group on this blog site, and if you like them, leave a positive comment!    Seeking creative inspiration? Yes!  Always! Fight to create the group you’ve always dreamed of.

Major Ronda Gilger               grace4ashes

 

Ronda and Lamb
“feed my lambs”

 

Women’s Ministries Cafe Program

Create a “Coffee Tasting event” by simply brewing some good quality “regular” and “decaf” coffee… But…. the fun will be in the “topping bar”: whipped cream, caramel, flavored syrups, sprinkles, etc. Yum. Your imagination is the limit! Tea is always a great addition too! 

Option for a Ladies’ Night Out: Meet at a local Coffee shop having printed off “sealed order devotions.

DEVOTION: Sometimes we need a “get-away” to refresh and restore our well-being. Welcome to the Women’s Ministries “Get-Away Cafe”.  This time together is time-set aside to spend time in a safe loving environment. Life is filled with moments of elation and times of great loss. Every time we gather together we acknowledge that there are friends among us who are experiencing the spectrum of what it means to be human. (*prayers for your women-for one another).

And still, Christ is faithful. Tonight we choose to renew.  We choose to refocus on Him. We consider taking a moment to “have coffee” with the Lord.  He is: 
1. Our Counselor–John 14:26
2. Our Comforter– 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3. Our Friend–John 15:15
4. Our Peace–John 14:27
5. Our Joy–Romans 15:13

Think about giving this gift to yourself- “Coffee with Christ” every day.
Not your daily routine, but a special time planned just for you and the Lord, similar to the way you’d plan a leisurely meeting with a close friend.
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