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Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary

The Strengths Zone

Ever ask a kid what it is they really enjoy doing, or what they think they are great at? It’s fun. It doesn’t take long for them to give a response. Why? They know! Kids light up when asked what they enjoy… Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary | Orange Strategy

Leading From Your Strength

Ever identify with that infamous circus act of spinning plates? If you’re a ministry leader I’m sure you can relate to this visual. If there is a Guinness record for ministry plate spinning, I may have been in the running for holding… Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary | Orange Strategy

Exhausted. Frustrated. Discouraged. Burned out.

Unfortunately, these are words that have become synonymous with leading a ministry. Why? Because we are so busy concentrating on helping others connect with God that we forget that we also need to connect with God. While we encourage parents and volunteers… Read More

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Partner Question: How can I be a better leader?

This is a great question for all leaders because we should all continue to learn and grow and get better! If you were part of our First Look Preschool Interactive at Orange Conference 2014, you received a cling with this verse from… Read More

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Partner Question: How do you lead preschool worship?

Leading preschoolers in worship can be a little like herding cats at times. You want them to clap with you, and they just want to run in circles. It's enough to make you want to lose your religion . . . well,… Read More

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Partner Question: How do I keep my preschoolers engaged?

If you’ve had a Sunday morning when you left church feeling like your biggest accomplishment was preventing major bloodshed or permanent scarring, then you’ve asked this question: “How do I keep my preschoolers more engaged?” Don’t feel alone! Everyone who has ever… Read More

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Partner Questions: How should we group children in our preschool environment?

How can I possibly implement Small Group activities for one-year-old to four-year-old children who are in the same room? What is the best way to divide into groups? Multiple three-year-old groups? fours and fives together? Separate boys and girls? Place them in… Read More

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Partner Question: Quick Answers to Quick Questions

Do you have Ollie the Owl as a puppet? We do not have Ollie as a puppet. We’ve never really thought about it. I wonder how many people would use Ollie as a puppet? What say you users? Ollie as a puppet?… Read More

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Partner Questions: We’ve got answers!

At Orange Conference 2014, the First Look Team led a breakout during the pre-conference day that was designed to introduce the First Look curriculum to First Look Friends who were new to the curriculum (using it two years or less). We knew… Read More

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Partner Question: How should I use Parent CUE?

When asked how we should connect with parents, the questions sound like this, “Should we connect monthly or weekly? Should parent pieces be sent by email or should they be posted on a website? Should a children’s ministry use Facebook or Twitter?”… Read More