Finding good materials and new ideas is a challenge for every church. Here are some ideas to consider.
www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageNavigator/Childrens_Sabbaths = Organized by the Children Defense Fund, this observance encourages people to take time in prayer, study, worship, and mission to focus on justice issues related to the health and well-being of children everywhere. CDF's National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® Celebrations encourage prayer, education and service to help children and families. Congregations hold special worship services, education programs, and other activities to help people of faith learn more about problems facing children and poor families.
www.dwinchell.com = highly comical yet spiritually powerful program for all ages, focusing on concepts understandable from the age of four to a hundred and four. A single service (60 minutes) is packed with high energy comedy, music, magic ventriloquism, drama, trick cartooning, and a powerful inspirational and gospel message all the way through. Closing challenge is conducted in format most comfortable for each church. $500 for a single service, with $300 for additional services in same event, plus 45 cents per mile, food and lodging if Dave stays overnight. Upon booking, church is provided with a publicity booklet with pictures, biography, news release, sample flyer layouts, clip art and other resources.
www.narroway.net = Outdoor Christian drama near Carowinds, Fort Mill, SC.
www.newberryoperahouse.com = Built in 1881 at a cost of $30,000 the Newberry Opera House has served as the City Centerpiece for 118 years. The structure recently underwent a $5.5 million Renovation which restored it to its' Historic Splendor and converted it to a State of the Art Performance facility. See the website for list of upcoming events and ticket information.
Passion Drama = Anthony Grove Baptist Church hosted a Passion drama during Holy Week in 2008. Check the website for 2009 info: www.anthonygrove.com
"Patriotic Family Night" = The event might include a covered dish meal, a parade of decorated scooters, strollers, golf carts, wagons, bikes, cars, pets and people, and then fireworks! (from Osceola UMC, Indian Land)
Veteran and Service Personnel (anyone who has worn the U.S. Military uniform) Appreciation for anyone who has worn the U.S. Military uniform. Event included special displays, meal and entertainment. (from 1st UMC, Clover)
www.CurrentFun.com = 50% profit on top quality, one-of-a-kind cards, wraps, and gifts. Visit website or call toll-free 1-877-665-4481 for Participants Kits (code number FF05P2)
www.pristine-products.com/category/wzfundraiser/ = 20% profit on items sold: Christian items, CDs, books, games, puzzles, jewelry, popcorn and more. Check the site for more information.
www.pinnacleamusements.com/AirlightInf.html = rent great inflatables from Charlotte business for your fund-raising event.
www.arkalmighty.com/ = ArkALMIGHTY is a good deeds program that matches up the needs in your congregation with the talents and skills of the members of your church. Gathering the needs of your attendees, these requests are compiled on a Craigslist-type website administered by your church. Then, the members of your church can easily search through the needs and find ways they can help.The ArkALMIGHTY.com website is designed to enable youth groups and churches to easily get involved in practical and tangible volunteer outreach.
Bulletin Inserts from UMCOR (download & print): New topics every month. Worship resources with stories of UMCOR ministries for congregations to download and print. Most are 8 1/2" x 11" landscape page designed to be cut in half and printed back to back; some are for pages. All fit in standard church bulletin. Also available in large-type format. Free. http://www.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/print/bulletininserts/
Crown Financial Classes: Crown Financial Ministries®, founded in 1976, is an interdenominational ministry dedicated to equipping people around the world to learn, apply, and teach biblical financial principles. 10-week biblical study course.
http://www.discipleshipresources.org = Christian Education and Formation resources from the General Board of Discipleship.
Financial Peace Univeristy course = Financial Peace University is a life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. You'll be empowered with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace! http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home/
www.umcsc.org/resourcecenter/ = The Resource Center of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference provides videotapes that cover almost every subject imaginable - Bible study, youth programs, mission and stewardship, family growth, marriage enrichment, and spiritual development. The online catalog can be search alphabetically by title or by subject. The music library offers seasonal music for choirs of all sizes. Contact by phone at (803) 735-8798 or 1-888-678-6272 or by email: BStalnaker@umcsc.org.
www.find-a-church.org = when your church is listed on Find-A-Church through UMC.org, members and prospective members will have access to your church's information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Find-a-Church offers a personal, welcoming view of your local church to anyone looking for the People of the United Methodist Church and its congregations. Through Find-a-Church you can announce your worship schedule and activities, show a picture of your church and its people, share a welcome from your pastor, direct visitors to your door with an interactive map, answer those frequently asked questions, and include membership statistics about your congregation. Updating is easy. Questions: see the website or call 1-800-251-8140
www.focusonyourchild.com = site to order "Generation to Generation: Raising Children of Faith" bulletin insert. $10 per month for 100 copies.
www.yorkcountyhabitat.org = Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to building low cost houses with people in need. Apostle's Build 2006 is underway where twelve churches will work together to build a house in twelve weeks. Each church will contribute 1/12 of the cost and provide a group of volunteers from their congregation for one Saturday. Contact Rev. J. Kevin Gorry, Aldersgate, Rock Hill or the Habitat for York County office at (803) 328-1728.
Recycle and Reuse Holiday Cards = Send holiday cards to St. Jude's Ranch, a nonprofit home for youth that collects old holiday cards for reuse. Either cut off the backs of the card of leave them intact. Children at St. Jude's earn money by creating new holidays cards from the old. Mail the cards UPS "ground" or "bound printed matter" to St. Jude's Card Recycling, 100 St. Jude Street, P. O. Box 60100, Boulder City, NV 89006. www.stjudesranch.org
Red Bird Mission School = accepts Campbell's product labels, General Mills boxtops for education, Project A+ labels from Tyson Chicken Products and S&H Green Stamps.
http://www.samaritansfeet.org = Samaritan's Feet is an International ministry focused on brining a life-changing message of hope to youths and children through sports and recreational adventures. We provide relief to hurting people displaced due to poverty, ravaged wars, and religious persecution. We demonstrate compassion by washing and equipping their feet with shoes, and touching their hearts with the love of God.
http://www.souperbowl.org = The Souper Bowl is a simple effort to "love the Lord our God ..and love our neighbors" by encouraging people to give one dollar each as they leave worship on, or near, Super Bowl Sunday. Every penny collected should be sent directly to the soup kitchen, food bank or other charity of your group's choice
http://www.projectlinus.org/ = a non-profit organization that makes hand-made blankets and quilts. These are then distributed to children of all ages in need. It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers." The nearest chapter is in Spartanburg, SC.
www.hospicecommunitycare.org/programs_watchman = Watchmen are able to communicate Hospice & Community Care events and services to their churches and communities, schedule educational programs, recruit new volunteers, answer questions about services provided by Hospice & Community Care, raise awareness by serving on smaller Watchman Teams, and to utilize their interests and abilities in various volunteer capacities. Volunteers distinguish Hospice & Community Care from traditional health care.
htmp://www.upperroom.org = Faith Formation Resources.
Worship with Wesley Foundation: = During the academic year, as schedule permits, the students from the Winthrop Wesley Foundation fellowship will come and lead worship with your congregation. They can do as much or as little as the occasion calls for: prayers, children's sermon, music, sermon, etc. Email Rev. Narcie Jeter at email@example.com for more information.
Christian Video Clips: http://www.godtube.com
GodTube.com, a Christian online video social networking site that connects Christians into a network of believers. GodTube.com allows users to view posted video clips. Registered users can take advantage of many other features offered on GodTube.com, including the ability to create unique video personal profiles online. GodTube.com is owned and operated by Big Jump Media, Inc. Users retain any rights they have in photos, videos, audio files, text and other materials they submit to the Site or transmit to other users through the Site ("User Submissions"). GodTube.com retains full ownership or license rights to all other software, content and materials contained within the Site, including without limitation, graphics, text, scripts, photos, sounds, videos, and music ("Content") and to all patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks and other proprietary rights in and to the Site and the Content. Content and User Submissions are provided for your personal, non-commercial use only as permitted by the Site and may not be accessed, used, modified, performed, displayed, reproduced, copied, published, transmitted, distributed, sold, transferred, licensed or exploited for any other purpose without the prior written consent of the respective owners. If you download, transmit, print or copy Content or User Submissions, you must retain all copyright and proprietary notices contained therein. You agree not to circumvent, disable or interfere with the security and use restriction features of the Site
www.epworthbythesea.org/program.htm = Adventures in lifelong learning: Elderhostel programs at Epworth by the Sea, GA.
www.churchofthefrescoes.com/ = Beautiful frescoe paintings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. Near Jefferson, NC.
www.doerivergorge.com = Saturday day camp during June & July for families, youth or groups. Water activities, horseback riding, train ride, and more. In Elizabethton, TN. (423) 725-4010.
www.hollywild.com/ = Hollywild Animal Park is located near Inman in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, one of the most scenic and culturally diverse areas of South Carolina's Upcountry. Nestled on over 100 acres, Hollywild is home to one of the largest collections of rare and exotic animals in the Southeast.
www.jaars.org/ = As part of Wycliffe Bible Translators’ family of organizations, JAARS desires to see the Bible translated into every language in the world that needs it. JAARS serves Wycliffe Bible Translators and related organizations worldwide. Tours are conducted weekday mornings, except holidays, at 9:30 AM from the Townsend Memorial Building. JAARS Day is held once monthly, usually on the first Saturday. Activities include a tour, demonstrations, and visits to the Mexico-Cárdenas Museum and the Museum of the Alphabet. For further information and reservations call the tour department at (704) 843-6130.
www.lazy5ranch.com = drive-through ranch with over 700 animals located between Mooresville and Huntersville, NC. Mondays-Saturdays 9 AM until one hour before sunset. Admission: Adults $8.00, children (2-11) $5.50, seniors (60 and above) $5.50. Horse drawn wagon rides $5.00 additional for adults and $3.00 for children and seniors. Open for company picnics, birthday parties, church gatherings.
Websites for Families:
www.disney.go.com:80/cybersafety = Interactive site with great opportunities for families to learn together.
www.familyfun.go.com = ideas for arts & crafts, parties, recipes, games, travel, printables, holidays. Sponsored by FamilyFun magazine.
www.kidscomjr.com = for kids and preschoolers. We've got kids' games, educational and learning games, online coloring books, preschool activities and other games for preschoolers. We have educational games for your child.
www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/prguide.htm = Learn how to help keep your children safe on the Internet by reading A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety.
http://www.getnetwise.org/ = facts for parents, safety products, sites to visit together, method for reporting trouble to law enforcement and suggested methods for teacher training.
http://www.safesurfing.itgo.com/ = for students, parents and educators
http://www.safekids.com/ = Your family's guide to making the Internet and technology fun, safe and productive
http://www.kidshealth.org/ = Three part site: parent's, kids & youth dealing with variety of issues