Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer Camp (VBS) ~ Day 1

Well, SUMMER CAMP (VBS) has officially started today and I have to tell you that over the next couple of days you are going to get a "peek" into the world of another part of Mel's World, and that's of me as the Kids Ministry Director at our church.

Today we kicked off Crocodile Dock with a bang and I couldn't be any more proud of the team of volunteers that I have been blessed to serve with. WOW! We had over 60 volunteers there today ready to plant the seed of God's love into the hearts of the kids in South Florida.

Today's Bible Point was "God is With Us" and every time we said the Bible Point the kids would scream, "FEAR NOT!", and scream they did...love it!

I wanted to show you a "peek" into our Bible Bayou station. The station leaders, Steve & Sheri Mackey, did an incredible job transforming this music room into the place where Moses hears from God in the burning bush. I can't wait to come back in here tomorrow to see what they have in store for the kids.

I am completely worn out, but in awe of how God has had His hand on this whole thing. Please keep the team, the kids, and the families in prayer this week as we Shine God's Light here in South Florida!

Shine On,


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Jean Stockdale 11:33 AM  

Several months ago I blogged about wanting to do an online Bible study with a group of MOMS via the internet. Three sweet MOMS responded. I thought I could have a summer program of MOMS and share the truths we were learning online on my blog. I did not factor in the fact that I was about to start writing another Bible Study or that I was heading to Asia to teach for a week! And soon my days of even reading the blog, much less writing on it, fell by the wayside.

Now I am home from the mission trip and the book is with the publisher, and I have a tiny bit of breathing room before I start up traveling to speak and teaching my own MOMS group in Memphis. SO . . . I would like to see if any of you are still interested in a modified online Bible study.

I write Bible studies for MOMS and produce accompanying DVDs. We have nearly 30 churches using them in their Women’s Ministry programs. They are also perfect for an in-home study with a small group. I would like to “test” market this on you women if you are interested. Here are some of the guidelines:

Jean Stockdale 11:33 AM  

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1. Commit to gathering 5 (or more-this is up to you) MOMS (we would be glad for you to invite single women or grandmoms to join in since the principles are geared toward developing godliness-we have 1 group made up of singles and grandmothers and it worked perfectly-in fact many of our dads do the studies with their wives!) to participate in a 10-week Bible study for MOMS. Your book will be sent to you at no charge. The workbooks for your MOMS can be purchased for $15.00 plus shipping/handling at www.jeanstockdale.com.

2. Commit to open your home or find an alternate location for the group to meet for 10 consecutive weeks. We would like you to start you group between now and the end of September if possible. If not, we have some flexibility. You set the time and location for your meeting.

3. Agree to do your homework (5 days a week) and be prepared to lead a discussion on the material.

4. Watch the 45-minute lecture on-line each week and encourage your group to do the same. I would assume the MOMS would do this in their home and be ready to do the discussion portion at your house at the weekly meeting. If you purchase the DVD set (altought this is not required) you would watch the DVD lecture and discuss the homework when you gathered. (We have the 10-disc DVDs available for purchase for $125.00 if you prefer.)

5. Make a weekly post on-line on Saturday morning between 10-12 about what you (or some insight a member shared) have learned from your study that week. Your group is welcome (in fact encouraged) to do the same, but you will be required to do this.

6. At the end of the 10 weeks, evaluate your small group experience and give us your feedback.

Our MOMS Bible studies are non-denominational and applicable for preschool moms, moms with school-aged children, teens, and young adults about to step into the adult world. Still interested?

The study we are offering is “Joy in the Journey” on the Book of Philippians. The DVDs are loaded on www.bellevue.org in the archived section. You might want to go ahead and preview the first one and see if this is something you would be interested in doing. If so, we would love to have you be a part of our FIRST ONLINE MOMS GROUP.

We are hoping the Lord will use you to spark interest of other MOMS. Hopefully they will want to gather a group in their home and begin doing Bible study small groups in their neighborhood! We could begin to teach many MOMS for the kingdom of God. We also hope this will create more blogging opportunities about what MOMS are learning from the Word of God to advance the kingdom.

If you are interested, please contact me at jean@standingnearthecross.com and we will get started. If you are not available at this time, I totally understand. If you think you might like to do this next spring or summer we will be glad to help you get started then. Please stay in touch and let me know what God is doing in your life. In these difficult days we must all be about the Father’s business and work in the fields-they are white unto harvest!!

Standing Near the Cross,
Jean Stockdale
www.jeanstockdale.com
http://jeanstockdale.typepad.com

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