About a month or so ago, I started to accept ads on this site to recover some of the cost of hosting, software, etc. My hope has been, and continues to be, to find sponsors which the users of this site will find valuable. I think I have been able to accomplish this, and I like our sponsors so much that I have decided to feature them from time to time on this site beginning with today.
We begin Spotlight on our Sponsors with Christianity Cove. Rather than wax eloquently on my own (right!), I decided to ask Mary-Kate Warner some questions about the site to give us a better idea what they are all about. Here is the transcript of that interview:
What is the name of your site?
Christianity Cove (http://www.christianitycove.com/)
What does your site offer to those in kidmin?
Christianity Cove is an online resource for children’s ministry leaders, Sunday School teachers, and home schooling parents. You’ll find hundreds of pages of free content including lessons, games, crafts, activities, and much more. In addition to our free content, Christianity Cove sells a number of “turn-key” Children’s Ministry & Sunday School resources including: Lesson Plans, Bible Games, Children’s Sermons, and VBS Programs.
Why did you decide to start this site?
There are five “Children’s Ministry Moms” behind the scenes at Christianity Cove. We all stopped working full time when we had our children and became very involved in kidmin programs. The blog is our hobby and creative outlet (we usually post when the big kids are at school and the little ones are napping). We enjoy sharing what’s worked in our children’s ministry programs/ Sunday school classes with each other and others like us all over the world.
How long has the site been around?
We started the blog back in December of 2006.
What is your experience in kidmin?
All 5 of the “Christianity Cove Moms” have been very involved in children’s ministry programs since our children were little (our kids range in age from 4 months to 14 years). From Christian home schooling to Sunday School teaching to Children’s Ministry Directing to Children’s Pastoring we’ve pretty much got all the bases covered.
Anything else you want to tell us?
We’d love from readers to stop in for a visit at Christianity Cove :-) Grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and click around when you need to be inspired with some new kidmin ideas. We also have a free Children’s Ministry newsletter (link: http://www.christianitycove.com/vid/dim.html) that many folks really enjoy (we send out fun ideas that worked well in our kidmin programs).
If you could share just one piece of advice to someone just entering children’s ministry, what would it be?
Don’t worry about being “perfect”! Try to bring a little FUN into the children’s day- get them up and moving, make a mess, sing a song really loud, etc. If something doesn’t go exactly as you had planned, just think of it as a learning experience for next time. Looking back, we were all too hard on ourselves during our first year in children’s ministry. So, our biggest advice would be to relax, have fun, and care about the kids. We actually just wrote an article about this very topic: http://www.christianitycove.com/sunday-school-teaching-what-caring-about-your-students-really-means/
Why did you decide to advertise on Dad in the Middle?
We were looking to get the word out about our blog and we felt that many of the “Dad in the Middle” readers would also enjoy our posts.
Thank you so much to Mary Kate Warner for telling us about her site. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I have put my feet up and explored Christianity Cove. The wealth of information there is amazing, and I am glad that they are one of our sponsors. I hope that you will check them out as well! If you do, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!