How We Tweek Minute to Win It Games for kidmin.

We started doing minute to win it games as a way to transition to different parts of our service and build excitement at the same time. We do three rounds of boys vs. girls whichever team wins gets 100 bonus point to our Uptown Store. The kids love it! It adds a great level of predictable unpredictableness.

Bobble head –

1) After the headband/pedometor is on the head, the device is set to zero in steps mode.
2) When the clock starts, , player may begin head and body motion without touching the pedometer to register “steps.”
3) If the pedometer/headband moves, the player may stop motion to prevent it from falling off, re-adjust the headband, then continue.
4) To complete the game, player must record 125 “steps” within the 60-second time limit.

Instead of kids banging their heads we have the put the pedometer on their pocket and jump up and down.

Loner –

1) Set up the pencil on it’s unsharpened end 15′ away from the foul line.
2) Player begins game lying down on their stomach behind the foul line.
3) When the clock starts, player may begin rolling marbles 1 at a time with 1 hand towards the pencil.
4) Player must release the marble behind the line. If a marble released across the line knocks over the pencil, the game is over.
5) To complete the game, player must knock down the pencil with a marble that’s released within the 60-second time limit.

Kidmin tweek – We use a marker and a pingpong ball not a marble and a pencil

Keep it up –

1) When the clock starts, player may release two feathers and begin to blow on them to keep them in the air.
2) If the feather touches any part of the player’s body, or touches the floor, the game is over. Incidental contact on the face is allowed.
3) To complete the game, player must use only his or her breath to keep both feathers from touching the ground for the 60-second time limit.

Kidmin tweek We use three balloons instead

Bite me –

1) Set up the game by cutting each grocery bag to a different height (10″, 8″, 6″, 4″, and 2″) on the floor, right side up.
2) When the clock starts, player may attempt to pick up the tallest bag and may only touch the floor with his or her feet.
3) If player touches the ground with some body part other than the feet while attempting to grab a bag, he or she must reset by standing up before making another attempt.
4) To complete the game, player must have all 5 bags concurrently on the table within the 60-second time limit.

Kidmin tweek – We make the heights of the bag higher than they do on Minute to win it.

Free Bible Lesson – Judges “Heros”


– Book of Bible Heroes

Key Point – Of all the Hero’s In the Bible Jesus is the greatest.
Memory Verse – Hebrews 11:33 “Their faith helped them conquer kingdoms, and because they did right God made promises to them.”

Introduction – How many of you kids have a hero. Why are they your hero’s. What amazing thing can they do or have they done? Some people like Michael Jordon, Tiger Woods, Sponge Bob Square pants have accomplished great things but those things are nothing compared to what some of the Bible heros accomplished in the book of Judges. Why do you think they accomplished so many great things is it because they are talented, no. Is it because they are popular, liked by everyone, No. It is because they had the power of God working through them. They were as normal as you and I but they had God’s awesome power working through them. That  is what made them different. You can be a hero if you rely on God’s strength and ability and not your own.

Skit – Faith Man Vs. Mega Doubt Man – have a kid see a bike that he really wants but doesn’t have enough money for right now. Enter Faith Man and Mega Doubt Man they are competing with the boy trying to get him to have faith (Faith Man) or not believe that God provide something like a bike for him (Mega Doubt Man). Both battle it out at first it appears that Doubt man is winning as the boy begins to doubt but his older sister reminds him to have faith and Faith Man wins over Doubt man easily.

Skit – Moms and Dads – Heroes are people we see everyday. – A group of kids are in class and their teacher asks them who their hero is. They each respond who and why. Some say superman because he is strong, some say Bill Gates because he is rich, some say Larry the Cucumber because he is famous, the last kid says his parents because they are always there for him and they love him and sacrificed so much for them.

Object Lesson – Pictures of Michael Jordan, Michael W. Smith heroes are people we look up to respect there are many heroes in the Bible. The MC explains there we see many heroes on TV that is one reason why we like to watch it, we like Superman, The Yankees, etc… Explain to the kids that just like all the heroes we see on TV there are many, many heroes in the Bible we need to read and find out how they lived so that we can follow Jesus even closer.

Object Lesson – Fireman’s hat – ask the kids if a fireman would be their hero if he saved them from a fire or pulled their cat from a tree? Then explain how Jesus has done much more than that for us. Jesus is the greatest hero of all. Ask the kids if someone saved their life from a burning building or from getting hit by a car? (Allow them to answer). Explain how Jesus did the same thing for us on the cross. How because of what he did for us he didn’t just save us from a burning building he saved us from going to hell.

Puppet –Who is your hero – Jesus because he has saved my life. Puppet comes up and explains to his friend (another puppet) that he wants to be a super-Christian. The other puppet says that it is impossible and that you shouldn’t want to be such things because we all sin. The super-Christian puppet explains that we can be even though we sin because Jesus died for our sins. He is our hero we should try to live like him.

Bible Story – Gideon from zero to hero – Judges 6, 7 God used Gideon even though he was the least of his family and the least of Israel God used him.

Judges 6:11-19
11 The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15 “But Lord , [a] ” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”
17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.” 
      And the LORD said, “I will wait until you return.”
19 Gideon went in, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah [b] of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.

What makes a hero?
1. Trusting in Jesus
– the bible tells us that without him we can do nothing if we want to be a hero of faith. It starts with us trusting Jesus with everything. Gideon was the lowest and least likely to be used by God but he did something many people didn’t. He trusted Jesus.
2. Hear and Obey – It’s one thing to hear what you should do it’s another thing to do it. When we hear and obey we will do things differently and in a much better way than we could have ever imagined.


Activity – Have the kids write their parents (or an adult that has played a big part in their life) a card saying that their parents are their heroes.

Who is your hero?
Who do you want to be like when you grow up?
What makes a person a hero?
Would you ever want to be a hero?
Are there more heroes in the Bible or on TV?
Who would you say is the greatest hero ever?
Name one of the heroes from the Bible.
After today’s lesson what person are you going to try to be more like?

Churches I'd go to if I didn't work there: Hillsong

A while back I did a post about a church I would attend even if I didn’t work for that church. The first church I mentioned was the church I work at Redeemer Church.

The next church on my list is Hillsong. I love Hillsong church

Why I would attend Hillsong.

1. They are inovative. – It started with modernizing worship music, moved to creating a youth movement, then came children’s ministry, next I believe will be media. They do an amazing job of engaging culture in a relevant way. They use the tools of the generation to tell a timeless story of redemption. That is something Charles Finny advocated in his lectures on revival and something I would give my life to be a part of.

2. They are passionate about reaching people far from God. – Every church says that this what they are about because we are commanded by Christ himself to GO not every church lives it.

3. They Honour the past but are more loyal to the future. – I have heard Pastor Brian say this a few time. I love it. In order to keep moving on and keep taking ground you have to…well…keep moving. It is so easy to get stuck in what works or what we used to do that we stop growing and stop reaching out and become satisfied.

4. Every person I have met from Hillsong has made me want to know Christ more. – I don’t know a lot of Hillsonger’s but the one’s I do know are amazing. I am sure some of you out there know someone from Hillsong who is the opposite of amazing but the truth is we all have people in our church who may not be completely representative of who we are, yet. I have formed a freiendship with Funny Man Dan and have had a few interactions with David Wakerley and Nathan Mclean all three men I respect more than they know. Nath actually took time out of his busy schedule to take my pastor around when he was in Hills recently. Thanks Mate! I have had Funny Man Dan call me out a few times when I wasn’t thinking or speaking in a way that reflected Christ (now that’s a friend), he is also currently reading through the bible with me and Kenny. How cool is that? If Hillsong has any more men and women like these fella’s (and I suspect they do) I would attend a church like theirs in a heartbeat.

What about you? Why what church would you attend and why?

YouTube Friday: Run for Love146

Our churches youth pastor is a running fool. He has done many marathons and even a few double marathons for all you non math majors like myself that’s like 50 miles. Crazy. He is a amazing leader and a passionate guy he is actually leaving today to run 146 miles over the next 5 days to raise money for Love146 an organization dedicated to the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation.

If you can donate toward Pastor Marks Run for Love that would be fantastic here is the link. Click on the donate button at the bottom of the page.

Thanks – Go Pastor Mark and Go Love146!

Free Nursery Paging System.

Just came across this online. A free nursery paging system. It’s called Agapage. Basically gives you the ability to send text messages to your parents via a computer. You enter a short message and your parents are notified by SMS. Sounds like a good system to me, on top of that it’s free so you it is definitely worth a try especially for a small to medium sized church. Check it out for yourself.