Children's Ministry:

Notice:   God's Creation: Adam and Eve

Preschool making snakes to symbolise  'The First Sin'


SERMON OF THE WEEK  - March 24, 2019

Title:  Living a Fruitful Life
Theme:  God expects us to be fruit-bearing Christians. Lent 3 C

Object: - A bowl full of different kinds of fruit.

Scripture: Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'  " 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'" Luke 13:6-9 (NIV)

Look what I have... apples, oranges, peaches, and bananas. Yum! Yum! I think I'll have a delicious snack right now. How about you? Would you like to join me? Do you know what I think would be great? I think it would be great to have a lot a fruit trees in your yard so that any time you wanted a snack, you could just go out and pick a piece of fruit off of the tree. But what if you had an fruit tree in your yard that never had any fruit on it? It wouldn't be good for anything except shade, would it?

In our Bible lesson today, Jesus told a story about a man who planted a fig tree in his garden. After some time had passed, he went to look for some fruit on the tree, but there was none. Year after year he watched the tree, but the tree never produced any fruit. Finally, the man went to the gardener who took care of the tree and said to him, "For three years I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! It is just taking up space in the garden."

The gardener answered, "Please, sir, give it one more chance. Leave it for another year. I will give it special attention. I will dig around the tree and give it plenty of fertilizer. If the tree produces fruit next year, great, if not, then you can cut it down."

In telling this story, Jesus was really talking about us and about God. God has "planted" us here on this earth and he expects us to produce good fruit in our life. What kind of fruit does he expect? When He looks at the way we live our life, he wants to see things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and gentleness. There are times when he is disappointed in what he sees, but he is willing to give us another chance.

What can we do to help us produce the kind of fruit that God expects? We can worship regularly, read his Word, and pray. Those things will help us to live a fruitful life. Let's pray right now and ask God to help us.

Heavenly Father, we know that you expect good things from your children. Help us live a life that will be pleasing to you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Kids Friendly E-News

October 2018
The Kids Friendly team sends our greetings from the PCANZ General Assembly 2018, being held this week in Christchurch! Our team has been busy having great conversations around the wonderful things God is doing in children and families ministry across the country. Please feel encouraged in the ministry that you are joining God in doing. Send us your stories and the ways you see God working in your communities as you minister to and with children and families. In this edition, you will find some helpful resources around ‘Alternatives to Halloween’ celebrations, as well as some great resources to consider as you prepare for Advent! As always, we want to highlight quality training events….so, check below to see if any are in your area!
Blessings from your Kids Friendly team – Robin, Cheryl and Julie        

Halloween Alternative
Are you thinking of organising an alternative event for Halloween?
An All Saints Party or something similar is a great way to engage the children in your children's ministry and possibly wider community. Our resource Organising an Alternative to Halloween has some ideas that can assist you with your planning.
Organising an Alternative to Halloween
The Strandz website , also has an overview of some great resources.
 Spark Plus Event

“Ho ho ho! Christmas is coming, there is no denying it :) If you are in Auckland, come along to the Sparks Plus "All things Advent and Christmas event". A smorgasbord of great ideas to help you prepare for the silly season. Wednesday 24th Oct, Carey Baptist College, Penrose. 7:15-9:15pm. $5 - what a bargain! To register:
Further Advent Preparation...
Have you seen
The Advent Tree
produced by the Baptist Children and Family Ministries Team? This is a great time to order this resource for your Children's Ministry and alert your Children's Ministry families, who may like to also order the resource. Our Friends at Strandz have a great collection of resources
The Illustrated Children's Ministry website has a selection of Advent Resources available after 15 October, that you may like to check out and order.    
And of course, the Kids Friendly website has a wonderful collection of resources that can help you as you think ahead to this beautiful season.
He waka eke noa: Scripture Union Children’s Ministry Survey 2018
Every two years SUNZ produces a research project examining children's ministry in Aotearoa. We publish a small booklet with a summary of our findings. You may have seen our daffodil yellow 2016 edition! We are excited to announce that our 2018 findings will be ready to launch in early October.
If you participated in the 2018 survey you will automatically receive a free copy in the mail. If you or your church were not part of the survey, but would like to receive a copy there are two options:
Read it online when it is available at
Or add your details to this form and then wait by your letterbox!
A huge thank you to all who participated. This survey is your story.
Kia ora rawa atu, Annette Osborne    
Recent Finds!
The Kids Friendly Team and friends often come across great websites and interesting reads to assist you in Children's Ministry.  As we do, we will feature them in our latest E-news, and then post them on the website so that you can refer back to them.
Thanks Cate for  alerting us to this really interesting article:

 Dear friend in just three weeks time we are holding our "Special to God" Training day on Sat, 11th August  This training day is aimed at helping you minister to and meet the needs of special kids.
This is a repeat of the seminar held in March as there has been such large demand for it. to find out more click this link Special to God Brochure

Register today by completing the online registration Special to God  Registration form click here

We look forward to receiving your completed registration forms or if you have any questions please contact

June 2018

As we move into the colder months of the year, there are plenty of reasons to gather together!  Our ‘Love Reaches Out’ Art & Writing Competition is a great reason to gather in your pre-schoolers to Year 8’s for a creative time together while exploring the theme: ‘Caring for Our World’. We are gearing up to offer another Transformers Camp, in Ngaruawahia, 24-26 August. On the same weekend, Presbytery Central will be offering a similar camp in Taranaki (more details below).

There are also many other quality training events being offered across the country throughout the Winter. In this edition, find all the current information about our upcoming Safety W.O.F. Trainings, as well as information on Scripture Union ‘Way2Go’ Conferences and ‘Intergenerational Faith’ Events with specialist Beth Barnett. We’ve also included some ideas on ways to celebrate Matariki together as a church family…another reason to gather together in these cold months!

Blessings from your Kids Friendly team –

Robin, Cheryl and Julie

Children Ministry Activities:


Children's Ministry Training days at CBM

With this in mind CBM is offering a number of Saturday Training days throughout the year with three of these being in the first term
#1 FIRST THINGS FIRST Sat February 24th 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
#2 SPECIAL TO GOD Sat March 24th 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
#3 MINISTRY TO YOUNG CHILDREN Sat April 7th 9.00 to 3.30 pm
#4 HOW TO ... Sat May 12th 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
#5 TOOL TIME Sat June 23rd 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
#6 MASTER STORY TELLING 8th September 9.00 am to 3.30 pm

You may view the full message HERE

All training is held at the CBM training center and Book Shop 9 Walters Road Mt Eden AUCKLAND

Click here for Full details of these training days and Registration forms


Registrations are now open for WAY2GO 2018 | Our Children's Ministry Conference is coming this May/June:    Click here to register

 Children's Christmas X-Mas Tree Dec 2017

Christmas Quiz 2017-  Click for here Quiz presentations

Children's Light Party Oct 2017: