New Schedule September 7

We have some exciting changes coming in Kids Ministry on September 7! Here is how our new Sunday schedule will work. Each month, we have a new theme (Life App).  September’s Life App is Responsibility.  Starting September 7, both the 8:30 a.m. and the 10:00 a.m. services will focus on the Life App, and taking it deeper. These services are not identical. Both will be appropriate for your child to attend. In large group, we will continue to engage children’s hearts through interactive worship, prayer and an innovative re-telling of the bible story. We have videos, games, and activities...
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Summer Sneak Peek

Bring on SUMMER! Des Moines First Kids Ministry is excited to partner with you in teaching your kids about the power of friendship in June and July! (See the blog below from the reThink Group for a sneak peek!) Check out www.studio252.tv to access games, songs and videos to help your family connect over the monthly theme. Get a free access code for your family at the 3rd floor check-in desk. Plus, don’t miss the Family Fun Wednesdays in June. We created these events to help you carve out time to invest in your family. And if you have not already, please registered your kids and invite their friends...
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The “D” Word (Part 2)

Parents, we are responsible for SO MUCH that happens with our kids, often more than we want to admit. Right?! For instance, it is really easy to take credit for the kid who gets good grades or the one who knows how to tie their shoes at 3 years old. It’s not so easy to take credit for the child with a short temper or the one who lets an ‘oops word’ slip (we have no idea where she got that from!). Looking back to the last post (The “D” Word Part 1), we want our kids to be good, mature, functioning members of society. Let’s face it, a child with a very short fuse or one who just...
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The ‘D’ word (Part 1)

Ready for a test? Which of these words is negative: warmth, laughter, discipline, love? Answer: none. None of them are negative. It’s okay . . . most of us make this face and have those thoughts running through our heads when we read that. Maybe you grew up in a home where discipline was done in a loving manner, or maybe your background brings some painful memories of discipline. Whatever your upbringing, we need to make sure that we are not thinking of the ‘D’ word as a bad one. Say it with me: “Discipline. Discipline. Discipline.” Now, that wasn’t so hard was it? The...
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Quiz Time

In case you haven’t heard yet, Des Moines First has gone through a big ol’ overhaul of the Children’s Ministry. After months of the 3 P’s (which surprisingly have nothing to do with potty training) — planning, prepping and praying — we have FINALLY introduced our new approach to children’s ministry and equipping you to make the most of the time you have with your kids. We want to get these kids right where they are at, and  MAKE IT STICK! (Note the rather larger “Orange” graphic below, then see www.whatisorange.org.) If you haven’t already, make sure to...
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Just Do It

If you’ve ever spent time with a child (which we can assume you have done), you soon find out that it can get pretty draining. Let’s be real: Hanging out with a kid is like taking a trip to an amusement park — overwhelming and fun all wrapped in one package. Something is so cool the way kids receive the time you spend with them — they always appreciate it. It seems that just the little bit you can give, goes a VERY long way. The sacrifice you make to spend with a child, will make a difference not only to day, but in the years to come. Growing up, most of us had chores. Some...
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Gifts

A kid’s room can sometimes be a hot mess — stuffed animals strewn all over the floor with oodles of lovely toys from their caring grandparents and other family members. You may start to think a trip Goodwill be in your future. As you help clean up that crazy mess, your child lets you know there is absolutely NO WAY he is giving up that Raggedy Andy doll that his grandma brought him all the way from Wisconsin (even though he isn’t playing with it . . . ever.) Giving and receiving gifts can be a very powerful expression of love. In fact, most of us (if not all of us) really enjoy getting...
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Tick-Tock

“Let’s go play!” Silence. “HEY, MOM! Let’s go play!” You can’t do that. Not right now. You are finishing up with balancing the check book, the macaroni noodle water has spilled over TWICE already and you need to make a phone call into the doctor to schedule the kids’ next appointments. “Mom… can we go play?!” You’ve already told her three times, “not yet.” Frankly, you’re ready to dig your eardrums out of your head so that you don’t have to hear it again. And here it comes, the big one, the fighting words, and the worst sound in the world at a time like this. “Mooooommm…!!!”...
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Words

As you brought home a sweet little bundle from the hospital, you might have been wondering two things: 1. Where are all of those noises coming from? 2. How am I not going to screw this parenting thing up? Think back to that first gummy smile. Those sweet baby eyes and chubby little cheeks looking up at you as you make baby talk small talk. Then, out of nowhere, “THAT’S IT! I think . . . maybe its gas? Nope. THAT is a genuine smile!” Little did you know, you had just completed the first step in the adventure through the Words of Affirmation love language! Long before children understand...
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Poke

Remember, earlier, when we talked about the little one who always manages to get their sticky prints all over your pants just as you’re walking out the door to go to work? Or, maybe you can relate to the child who is ALWAYS wrestling or hitting — maybe they are doing it in good fun, or maybe it’s kind of starting to get on your nerves a little bit. The phone calls from school get tiring and you just can’t understand why in the world your child can’t keep his hands to himself. This brings us to our very first love language, physical touch. It is important to keep...
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