New Holy Week Family Tradition

Amanda Family Friendly, Holidays, Kid Friendly, parenting, Spiritual Formation

[supplies included ;)] Family time is valuable and precious. Family traditions are the foundation to a child’s development of self and values. This Easter season VictoryKids wants to encourage our families to integrate a Jesus-centered tradition into the mix. We love Easter egg hunts, pictures with that lovable Bunny, and dyeing eggs, but we also want to remember that Easter …

Choosing Wonder Over Answers

Amanda Leadership, parenting, Spiritual Formation

94% of people choose to follow Jesus before they are 18 years old according to Barna Group.  For some people, this incites fear and almost emergency-like responses in the way they communicate with young people and children today.  It’s easy to believe the odds are against us when we see a statistic like that. However, we actually don’t have to …

Kindness Elves – Incorporating Compassion into Christmas

Amanda parenting, Spiritual Formation

This Christmas our kids are learning about how compassionate God was to send His only Son to rescue us. VictoryKids are being encouraged to grow in their personal compassion to others in LifeGroups, which you can reinforce at home with our take home Advent calendars. In addition, we want to share what one of our amazing VictoryKids’ LifeGroup leaders and …

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 …

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 …

Why do we enjoy giving? A kid’s opinion

Amanda LifeGroups, Spiritual Formation Leave a Comment

In December, VictoryKids Elementary kiddos learned about generosity.  I often find I like to ask harder questions that aren’t in the curriculum – mostly because I’m curious what kids will say.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes I get a confused look. I decided to ask a group of Kindergarten and First grade students why they thought we enjoyed giving.  I talked …

Advent can help your kids…

Amanda Holidays, parenting, Spiritual Formation Leave a Comment

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 …