Don’t Be a Gonzo

Don’t Be a Gonzo

When I was a kid I loved watching The Muppet Show. In many ways Beaker, Gonzo, Kermit, & Miss Piggy shaped my world-view. I’ll confess that I can look at some of my SGLs through the lens of Muppet characters.  I know that sounds a little twisted. But just...
Beyond Behavior

Beyond Behavior

OPENING DAY EXCITEMENT The room buzzed with energy as the fourth and fifth graders waited for large group to begin. It was our first Sunday as a new church plant—first time in our venue, first time in large group, first time our small group leaders had met their kids,...
Holy Rabbit Chasing

Holy Rabbit Chasing

It began with a snake in the grass. We were huddled together on our circle rug, my second-semester first graders and I, doing our Plug In activity and “speculating” about the Bible story we would hear in a few minutes. “Do you know any stories from the Bible about...
Tips For An Elementary SGL

Tips For An Elementary SGL

For about 25 minutes every Sunday, I hang out with a group of 2nd graders. It’s rewarding and fun and I look forward to it every week. But let’s not kid each other: IT’S HARD WORK. There are 12 to 15 of them, and only one me. They are rowdy. They are loud. They talk...

Welcoming Guests

He clung to the column in the middle of the multi-purpose space, with big eyes and hair that seemed to be waving at everyone. Not a good start, I observed from my spot nearby. “Max” was a first-timer to our ministry and was dropped off by his grandmother—who was...

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