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Christmas Bingo [Free Printable]

Christmas BingoIn my experience, everyone loves to play Bingo. It might be because it feels a little bit sinful in a way — sort of like gambling — even though you don’t invest anything. It’s all just random chance, and yet I’ve seen kids, teenagers, and adults all get really excited when they get “4 in a row, two different ways”.

There are websites that generate bingo boards, but they often don’t include images — just words. So, I created Christmas-themed bingo boards for our Wednesday night children’s ministry. I have already re-purposed them in our after school program, and I thought, “I bet other people could use these!”

So here you go, world: Free Christmas-themed bingo cards! I used clip art, so it’s nothing fancy, but at least you don’t have to go through the work of creating them!

Click the link below to download the .pdf. The first 22 pages are the boards, and the last 3 pages are the cards to be cut out.

Download Christmas Bingo Cards (.pdf)

 

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Merry Christmas from Preschool Pond

 
 

50 Day Promise

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As an encouragement to develop new good habits, and in the spirit of New Years resolutions, our church made a 50 Day Promise together. We promised to read our Bibles and pray for 50 days. Participation was voluntary.  We started on the first Sunday of the year and ended on a Sunday six weeks later. Bookmarks were handed out with check boxes for the 50 dates. Two weeks in, we sent out this survey, which asks participants for their level of success for the first 14 days of the 50 Day Promise.  The survey was meant to be a means of accountability, but it also served as an encouragement for others when the survey reported a high percentage of success overall.

It was emphasized that reading the Bible and praying in themselves is not a ritualistic act to win God’s favor, or a magic combination for good religious standing.  Rather, we understand that anything we can do to increase our passion for God and His word will only bring us more joy and more satisfaction in our relationship with Him.

In our case, the 50 Day Promise was a very positive experience.  In one case, a woman returned to reading her Bible after years of resisting.  She shared her touching testimony following the 50 days, and she continues to inspire those around her.

In retrospect, the 50 Day Promise was so beneficial, we wish we would have promoted it more formally.  As it was, we handed the checklist bookmarks quickly during announcements one day, and only mentioned it once or twice throughout the 50 day duration (though reminders were consistently present in the bulletin and on the website). The kick off date could have been more inspirational, and more testimonies could have been encouraged throughout the 50 Day Promise.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2009 in Events, New Years Eve

 

Ladies’ Make & Take Nights

We started out with bi-monthly craft nights. Women were invited to bring thier craft supplies (scrapbooking, knitting, quilting), a snack to share, and a friend.  The church provided tables, chairs, music, and (sometimes) a few door prizes.

Recently, we have started having “Make & Take” nights. Women bring $5.00 and a friend, and the church provides food, the supplies and instruction for 2-3 craft projects that they can bring home.

Some crafts that we have made at Make & Take nights so far:

  • Various types of cards
  • “Brag Book”-style photo albums
  • Glass plates decoupaged with fabric
  • As a spin-off of Make & Take Night, we have also had a “Make & Bake Night.” The church supplies the ingredients and recipe cards for apple pies. Women bring $4.00 for every pie they wish to make, two bowls, and a cutting board.  The pies were brought home ready to bake or freeze.

Benefits of Make & Take Nights

  • We have had great turn outs at our Make & Take nights – more than double the number of women that came to our regular craft nights. Any woman can come, she doesn’t have to have prior experience or supplies to participate.
  • As often as possible, I like to involve the leadership of as many different individuals as I can. Make & Take nights allow women with a variety of talents and skills to serve.
  • Make & Take Nights can evolve into service projects.  For example, we could make cards to send to our shut ins, or could make blankets for the pastor to take on hospital visits.

Disadvantages of Make & Take Nights

  • Make & Take Nights require more planning than a regular craft night
  • Since the church provides the supplies, the Make & Take nights can be more expensive than regular craft nights.

Tips

  • It is especially important to have attendees sign up for Make & Take Nights so that you know about how many to plan on.  Usually, I plan on more people than signed up, and devote extras to be given to someone in the church who was unable to attend (if applicable).
  • I don’t make people pay until the night of the event. It is probably realistic to expect that the church will absorb some of the cost, so check to make sure you have some budget money set aside.
  • We have found that we get a bigger turn out if we have Make & Take Nights early in the evening (6:00p.m.) on Thursday nights, as opposed to Friday nights.
  • For Make & Take nights we provide more substantial snacks. In fitting with the “make your own” theme, we have served “make-your-own” ice cream sundaes and a “make-your-own” nacho bar.

Hope this helps! Happy Crafting!

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2008 in Events, Women's Ministry