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Jesus Gives New Life!

It seems appropriate to post this bulletin board idea on a day like today – rainy and a bit warmer than the chilly winter days.  Just as new life is springing forth outside, so can Jesus bring us new life!  This bulletin board couldn’t be easier, but it will put your children’s wing in a “spring” kind of mood!

Jesus Gives New Life

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like….Easter!

If you’ve been keeping up with When One Teaches, Two Learn for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I like to be creative with bulletin boards and wall displays.  I had all sorts of ideas for Easter bulletin boards and displays, but, when I was surfing on Oriental Trading one day, I found these great posters for Holy Week and Easter Sunday and just couldn’t resist them.  They’re colorful and convey a great message!

I used the “Alleluia” poster on our bulletin board, then added a few palm branches to fill in some of the blank space.

Alleluia Bulletin Board

 

I used this large wall space to show the journey through Holy Week – from Palm Sunday, to the Last Supper, to the cross, and finally the resurrection.  It all centers around John 3:16, though, which I thought was a great poster to include in the set.

Holy Week Journey

 

With the remaining Easter posters, I decided to decorate a few of our doors 🙂

Easter Door Decor

 

What are you doing to decorate for Easter?

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February Bulletin Board Idea!

I’ll admit, this board can make you go cross-eyed with color, but I don’t live anywhere near a teacher store to go get new borders or letters, so we’re just going to roll with it 🙂 I like the overall concept, though – simple and fun, yet conveying an important message.

What are you doing for your February bulletin board?

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He Washes Our Sins As White As Snow Bulletin Board

Merry belated Christmas!  I hope you had a blessed holiday season.  The Christmas season has only just begun in our house.  In a few days we’ll start a week-long vacation with my husband’s family,  then a week with my dad and brother!  Because the next few weeks will be so busy, I spent most of today taking down the Christmas decor in the children’s wing.  I didn’t post a picture of last month’s bulletin board because I felt it was a little blah, but here’s a peek at what I put up for January:

He Washes Our Sins As White As Snow

 

Pretty simple, but it’s a theme that works well for January, especially today as we’re under a winter weather advisory!  I think I’ll add a snowman or two to the board to fill in some blank spaces, but won’t tweak too much.  I printed the text off the computer using a font that I downloaded off the internet.  The letters look like they’re buried in snowbanks with snowflakes falling on them 🙂  What are your winter bulletin board ideas?

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Give Thanks Bulletin Board

 

It’s November, which means it’s time for me to change up the bulletin board!  This board is in a particularly focal point at the top of the stairs, so I make an effort to make it different every month.  I kept the same border and background as last month (need to get as much mileage out of that pumpkin border as I can!), but gave it more of a Thanksgiving spin.  I found a picture of this turkey in a magazine, then recreated it using construction paper.  Then, after making the feathers, I wrote all of our kids’ names on them.  Such a little thing, but earlier in the week I heard one of our kids out in the hallway let out a gasp and say, “LOOK!  My name is on that turkey!  Do you see it?!”  Win.

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October J.A.M. Time Projects

The kids have really been enjoying our J.A.M. Time projects so far!  If you’re new to When One Teaches, Two Learn, J.A.M. Time, which stands for “Jesus and Me,” is what we call our children’s Sunday School program.  At the end of the Sunday School hour each week, we set aside about 15 minutes to work on projects that serve our community, church family, or others.  This past Sunday the kids completed their first project as they led the congregation in worship.  The Sunday prior we practiced together and then I explained that leading the congregation in worship is a big responsibility – that we would certainly have fun, but we also needed to do our best.  They took my words to heart and practiced earnestly throughout the week.  Not only was I thrilled that God used our kids in such a powerful way, but that it turned into an incredible opportunity for the kids to invite family members to church.  One child had several family members with her in both services (some of whom are not regular church attenders), then gave a second performance at her house later that afternoon for other family members who couldn’t make it!   I plan to post a step-by-step guide to helping your children lead worship sometime soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

This October will be a busy time for J.A.M. Time Projects, as we will have not one, not two, but three projects.  A little crazy on my part?  Maybe, but I know the kids are going to love them!  I’ll keep you posted over the next few weeks as we reveal each project!

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Falling in Love with Jesus Bulletin Board

A little hokey?  Sure, but when I saw this bulletin board idea on Pinterest I couldn’t resist!  I bought the pumpkin border at a teacher store in Dallas this summer, then found a coloring page of fall leaves online and printed them on construction paper.  Side note:  This summer as volunteers were helping me to cut out decorations for VBS, I realized that not everyone spends evenings cutting things out while watching TV on a regular basis.  Weird, eh? (All the children’s ministry workers out there are smiling to themselves)

What are your fall bulletin board ideas?

 

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Coming Soon! J.A.M. Time Kids Sing!

A few weeks ago, I posted about our J.A.M. Time decor and mentioned that this space would be used to post information about the kids’ service projects.  Well, it’s just about time for the first of those service projects to start!

On Sunday, September 30, the J.A.M. Time kids are going to be singing one of their new songs “Living Inside Out” for the congregation!  Of course, a marquee is the most appropriate way to make the announcement 🙂  The kids have been working so earnestly to learn the motions.  I couldn’t be prouder!  We spent the past two Sundays learning the song, so this Sunday we will be rehearsing down in the sanctuary before the actual presentation the Sunday afterwards.  Hopefully I’ll remember my camera this time so I can record it! (My family is infamous for forgetting the camera to important events.)

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We’re Ready for J.A.M. Time!

The past few weeks have been spent preparing our children’s wing for J.A.M. Time and all the other fall programs that will be starting this Sunday.  It has been a blast to make the space more colorful and inviting for the kids!  Can you tell I’m excited??

Let’s start off with the stairway.  Our J.A.M. Time curriculum for the fall is divided up into three adventures and the company provided a poster for each, so I hung those in the hallway.  Start the excitement early!

 

At the top of the stairs, I posted a welcome and a color-coded map of the children’s wing to make things a little easier to find.

 

We also have a bulletin board in the stairway.  I found the idea for this bulletin board on Pinterest and LOVED it!  On Sunday we will write the kids’ names on the puzzle pieces.

 

Keeping parents informed is a priority of mine, so I hung this Parent Connect bulletin board in the hallway.  For now, it just has the September edition of the Fillmore Kids Newsletter, but I plan on changing it up throughout the year.

 

I decided to use some of the blank wall space in the hallway to show off what the kids are doing.  This space will be used to post pictures and information about the kids’ service projects.  There’s another display on the opposite wall where I posted pictures of our infants and toddlers at play.  Side note:  This is a 3D border!  I didn’t even know that they existed until I opened up the package and realized that the border was perforated.  I wasn’t sure I would like it, but it looks great once it’s up.

 

One of our church members graciously donated several framed pieces of artwork to our children’s ministry.  This is my favorite of the collection because I feel it is a more accurate representation of Jesus.  He actually looks Middle Eastern!

 

This is a shot of the Blue Group’s room, featuring new curtains and my favorite set of posters ever published!  The blank space on the right wall will be filled with the “All About Me” posters the kids will complete on Sunday.

 

Each classroom has a designated prayer wall.  I’m really excited about this addition to our children’s ministry!  The kids can post their prayer requests on the prayer wall and use it as a reminder each week to continue to pray.  They can take the prayer requests off the prayer wall as the prayers are answered.

 

I was stumped as to how to decorate the Green Group’s room until I remembered that I had these poster board frogs leftover from the F.R.O.G. Festival earlier this summer.  Easy and fun solution!

 

I also added a few updates to our nursery area.  This wall used to be blank and bland, but I scored this barnyard animal set at a teacher store in Dallas and knew it would be perfect for the space.  I couldn’t be happier with it!

 

I also organized the shelves under the changing table.  Ah, the organization makes my heart go pitter-patter!

 

These are just a few of the updates that I’ve made to our space this year, but I hope that it will help the kids to enjoy it all the more!  What do you do to make your space inviting for kids?

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