Orange is my favorite color

Amanda parenting, Young Family

If the church is yellow (a beacon of light) and the family is red (the heart), together they make ORANGE. An encouraging nexus for kids to grow in their faith of God.  When families and church partner together to invest in a child’s life to demonstrate the message of God’s story, the next generation can be influences.  It’s BOTH family …

Why leading kids grows my faith

Amanda Leadership, parenting, Spiritual Formation

This past month VictoryKids have been learning about seeking peace with others and finding peace with God.  We defined peace as “caring about others more than winning a fight.” I was particularly touched this month by the lesson of Abram and Lot. Abram kept his word and sacrificed when he didn’t have to for the sake of peace with his …

VBX is coming – why it matters to your family NOW

Amanda Leadership, LifeGroups, parenting, Vacation Bible Experience Leave a Comment

It’s January – I’m talking about July.  Why should you be thinking about VBX now? Vacation Bible Experience at Victory is one of our biggest outreaches of the year to families in our community.  I’m the product of Vacation Bible School – I wouldn’t know Jesus without a neighbor taking me to VBX. Families in this area make their vacation …

Teaching kids to talk to Jesus

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One of the phrases I most often repeat in kids’ church happens when a kid is about to pray aloud for the whole group.  What I’ve observed is that often times when one person prays, the rest of us either tune it out or just listen along instead of actively praying along with the person.  I think that a group …

Let your kids play with the nativity

Amanda Holidays, parenting Leave a Comment

I grew up with a mom who had a ‘special’ nativity just for my sister and me.  I don’t know if my mom set out for the angels wings to be broken off and Joseph to have bite marks, but after years of play, her nativity was well-loved and well-worn. This Christmas, consider letting your kids play with your decorative …

Advent can help your kids…

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When the rest of the world is talking about what presents Santa is going to bring, the age old Church practice of Advent can actually help prepare kids both mentally and spiritually for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. When the rest of the world is counting down to presents, let’s choose to countdown to the Presence.  The daily practice of …

Hospitality as a family value

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There are a few families in my life that do hospitality really well.  When I say hospitality, I mean the act of generously inviting people INTO your home and into your life.  This invitation is not exclusive, but rather inclusive, and ever growing. I think hospitality is absolutely a value of Jesus’.  In fact, when he sent out the disciples …

Let’s commit to being present.

Amanda Leadership, parenting, Spiritual Formation Leave a Comment

I find myself often picking on kids and teenagers about their cellphone/tablet usage and accusing them of being zombies, slaves to their screens.  Honestly, though, I’ve been observing adults in the same zombie-like state lately.  And if I’m very vulnerable, I’m often that slave. Recently, I’ve found myself encouraging my leaders to unplug during Sunday service, although I’m fighting the …