Children's Ministry:


SERMON OF THE WEEK  - January 13, 2019

Title:  New Beginnings

Theme:   The baptism of marked the beginning of his ministry. Our baptism marks the beginning of our new life in Jesus.

Object: - None is required, but you could use a calendar.

Scripture:   When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Luke 3:21-22 (NIV)

January is an exciting time. It is the beginning of a brand new year. Some people like to make New Year's resolutions or promises to themselves about what they plan to accomplish in the new year. The number one resolution that people make is, "I am going to lose weight." I don't think too many people succeed, since it seems to be the number one resolution year after year. I know that it usually makes my top ten list of things I would like to accomplish in the new year.

Even if you don't make any New Year's resolutions, this is an exciting time. It is a time that we can forget our past mistakes and look forward to new opportunities that lie ahead of us. It is a time of new beginnings.

Jesus experienced times of new beginnings in his life too. One of those times was when he was baptized. There were a couple of very important things that happened when Jesus was baptized. First of all, the Bible tells us that the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove and landed upon him. The second thing was that God spoke and said, "You are my Son. I love you and I am well-pleased with you."

This event marked the beginning of Jesus' ministry here on earth. Up until that time, he had not performed any miracles, but with God's stamp of approval and with the spirit of God upon him, Jesus began to perform great miracles. From this new beginning, many people began to understand that Jesus was truly the Son of God and they began to follow him.

Our own baptism represents a new beginning for us as well. When we are baptized, it shows the world that just as Jesus rose from the dead through the glory of God the Father, we also live a new life in him. (Romans 6:4) God may not always be well-pleased with us, but I think that He looks down with an approving smile when he sees us trying to walk with Jesus.

New beginnings - God gives us opportunities for new beginnings. Let us make the most of them as we live a new life in Christ through the power of his Holy Spirit.

Dear Father, thank you for new beginnings. Help us to make the most of them - not through our own strength - but through the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. In the name of Jesus 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: