Articles and Resources Contributed by CENetwork Members

Thank you to members and friends for contributing these articles and ideas!

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Milestones and Special Events

  • Linda Staats compiled a list of Blessings of the Backpacks (or the School kids carrying them!)...click here!
  • Advent Family Devotional (Year B) by Ariel Williams
  • Stephanie created a Prayer card for families.
  • NEW from Janet Renick! "As a part of our Milestone Ministry, our church quilting group creates "Prayer Pillows" to be given to children 2-5 years old. The pillows are huggable size & a little bigger than a license plate, with a pocket sewn into the middle of the pillows made from child-friendly material. Parents are thrilled with this "hands on" helping tool to teach their children how to pray." Here is a link to sets of a variety of children's prayers that you can use for this project. (The cards are a little bigger than an index card)

Lent

Vacation Bible School and Summer Ideas

  • My favorite Vacation Bible School that we did was a three-day, field trip based VBS we called Excellent Adventures!  We used the theme hymn "This is My Father's World".  We loaded schools buses and went to a cave, a state park and a zoo.  We added activities such as making ice cream, butter, and a scrapbook/journal.  We had a blast learning about the world around us as well as making use of local or semi-local resources! - Stephanie Pasch
  • Many of you have probably been to a Lutheran camp. Perhaps you went for a retreat, or you were there dropping your child off for a week of summer camp. Or maybe you even went as a camper yourself or served as a camp counselor for a summer. Even if you have been to camp, what you might not know is that many of our Lutheran camps use a similar theme each summer. So a child who goes to camp on the west coast can experience the same Bible study theme as their cousin or friend in the Mid West or on the East Coast. Each year, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, (LOM) produces a curriculum to be used not only by Lutheran camps, but also by camps that are affiliated with other denominations, other ministry organizations, and congregations.  To read more about VBS from Lutheran Outdoor Mnistries, please go to www.lomnetwork.org.

Safe Haven Policies

  • Safe Haven: A Step by Step Guide for Ministries ELCA Congregations, Schools and Learning Centers Pages 1-7 and Pages 8-20
  • Mount Olive in Rochester, Minnesota revised their Safe Haven Policy in May, 2013.  It can be found here.
  • Deleware Maryland Synod Model Child Protection Policy can be found here.
  • Trinity Lutheran in Hayfield, Minnesota shared their Safety Policy with us.  Of particular note: check out the Code Blue and bullying policies, they are great!  To find it, click here.
  • St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Charleston, SC has shared their Child Protection Policy.  It can be found here.  Cindy Greenwood also recommends the organization Darkness to Light and their resources.  Check it out here!.

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