TXB_Preschool & Children's Ministry

Helping cultivate a love for God and create opportunities to grow in the educational, mental, emotional and spiritual areas in children's lives.

Teaching children about Christ’s love on their level of understanding and growth can be a challenging task. Diane and Sarah can assist your church in updating and enhancing the preschool and children’s areas by providing resources on-site and via phone consultations. Connect with all the ministry offers in the areas of Bible Drill, Vacation Bible School, Children's Weekday Ministries, Special Friends Ministries, the Childhood and Family Ministry Summit and the Children's Ministry Certification Program.

Mission: Texas Baptists want to partner with you to cultivate ministry opportunities for children to learn about God's love in an authentic atmosphere which includes the educational, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual benchmarks of their lives.


VBS - YouTube

Are you looking for some VBS options? These videos outline several different curriculum options that could be adapted for however your church ends up doing VBS this summer. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKSJFOUM9syGCjGSdHIzlrQjju8loMYqH



What Relaunching the Church Might Look Like Over the Next 3–12 Months

What is church going to look like when we're able to gather together again and what are some things that need to be considered? This article gives some excellent insights into what needs to happen when churches are planning how to re-open--including that it will likely need to be a process. https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2020/april/what-relaunching-church-might-look-like-over-next-312-month.html?fbclid=IwAR25TkAHAqwmxhQvHhsv9_ItDGxswvoEj3WQmaIy_gMZUznt0Y3KsxGO1QM

christianitytoday.com We are in the midst of a crisis that is forcing the church to learn a new song and dance.


Will My Kids Be Okay?

Check out this great article from our friend Dr. Melia! It has some great information to help parents navigate this time with their children. https://kidsministry.lifeway.com/2020/04/20/will-my-kids-be-okay/?carid=f9f166c7-e1b3-4216-9d57-f837a1f43d6d&profile=lifeway%20vbs&network=facebook

kidsministry.lifeway.com By Shelly Melia Are you wondering what the emotional effects of the last few weeks will be on your children? Will they bounce back from the adversity, risk, and stress caused by the coronavirus? Ca…


Networking Conversations

Are you wondering what things will look like when your church is able to meet together again? Are you thinking about the considerations that will need to be in place, like cleaning, class size, etc.? Are you wondering what to do about VBS and camp? You are not alone! Join us and other ministers during one of our conversations over the next two weeks to ask questions, share ideas, and pray for each other. You can sign up for a time at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjOyObR3g7w1jlboSepfKaPcNWG2Iru70kn3nV5PngNejYrw/viewform?usp=sf_link

docs.google.com Sign up below to join other preschool and children's ministers to discuss ideas and pray for each other. Before the meeting, you'll receive an email with a Zoom link.

LifeWay VBS

Great strategies for VBS.

4 VBS Strategies for This Summer


Networking Conversations

Would you like to join other preschool & children's ministers to discuss ideas and pray for each other? We'll have several opportunities for Zoom conversations over the next three weeks. You can sign up for the time that works best for you at the link below. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjOyObR3g7w1jlboSepfKaPcNWG2Iru70kn3nV5PngNejYrw/viewform?

docs.google.com Sign up below to join other preschool and children's ministers to discuss ideas and pray for each other. Before the meeting, you'll receive an email with a Zoom link.

Texas Baptists

Glory to God this Easter! Christ is no longer in the tomb. He has risen, and He sits at the right hand of God. Texas Baptists rejoice today because we know that we serve a God who lives!

Join church leaders across the state today to pray for our state, country, health care workers, and those who are sick. You can RSVP at the link below.

Tomorrow, April 9, at 11:30 a.m., join us for a special conference call as convention leaders voice prayers for pastors and church leaders, our country and its decision-makers, healthcare and other frontline workers, the sick and those who have lost loved ones, and many others. God is doing something new; we hope you join us.

RSVP for the call at txb.org.

We pray for you each and every day. What are some specific ways we can pray for you this week?

Please take a moment to read through this information about the CARES Act. For those of you looking at having to close weekday programs for a while or trying to make decisions about finances for your church, the CARES Act offers a way for you to help make payroll.

How does the CARES Act, which was passed by Congress last Friday, impact you and your church? Read our analysis on how your church can receive help from the Paycheck Protection Program very quickly.

Read more: https://texasbaptists.org/article/cares-act-could-bring-financial-relief-to-churches-and-nonprofits-amidst-bans-on-large-gatherings

We're all having to find new and creative ways to do ministry. How are you connecting with families during this time?

Are you looking for ways to connect with families while your church is unable to meet in person? Check out this option from LifeWay that you can share with your families.

Update! Last week we announced the creation of LifeWay Kids at Home, a free resource for churches to use to equip families to conduct Bible studies at home while services are postponed. This week, we've been working to expand the content offered while also making it easier to access.

There is now both a preschool and kids version. To access the LifeWay Kids at Home and LifeWay Preschool at Home digital experiences, have each of your families follow these simple steps.

Step 1) Go to digitalpass.lifeway.com

Step 2) Log in or create an account (free)

Step 3) Click the LifeWay Kids (or Preschool) at Home icon on the main page of Digital Pass

New sessions will be updated weekly at midnight on Thursday nights so that families can have fresh content every weekend.

Status of the State and Regional Bible Drill Competitions

The Coronavirus is affecting all of us and we are striving to keep everyone safe. For this year only, we are canceling the three Children’s State Drills, the Regional Youth Drills and the Regional High School Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament that were to be held in College Station, Midland, and Irving. Organizing the State High School Drills and Speakers’ Tournament will be determined later, by using the Federal, State and Local recommendations.


All drills will be done at the local church location. No timeframe is given for these drills and the drills can be conducted after the church resumes a normal schedule. Texas Baptists provides the drills that will be used for all competitions. Leaders can go to this website and sign up to receive the Associational, Regional and State Drills: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFTcwwFC0PCxurO_0ujIi4-tVb7HvBDbpWOsgJcGgmaI8eIA/viewform

These provisions should be used only after federal, state, and local authorities indicate that group gatherings are once again advisable. Texas Baptists (BGCT) do not encourage meetings that ignore the guidelines provided by these entities for the health and safety of our communities.

Remember: The church will get drills and Certificates emailed to them when they sign up on the provided Google form on this website: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFTcwwFC0PCxurO_0ujIi4-tVb7HvBDbpWOsgJcGgmaI8eIA/viewform

Advancement Scores

The State High School Drill and Speakers’ Tournament date and location will be determined by the end of April. If the State drill for High School is conducted, High School drillers who score a minimum of 300 at their Regional drill will advance to the State competition. Speakers who score at least an 85 on the combined composition and speech will advance to the State competition. Updates will be on the Bible Drill webpage (txb.org/bibledrill) and pages.

Speakers’ Tournament

This year only--speakers who advance to the Regional level will submit a video of their speech and their written composition to [email protected]. Speeches will be judged, and compositions will be scored, and the speakers will be notified of their scores.

Ellen Battles 9 Year Award

If participants qualify for Children’s State or Youth Regionals, 2020 would qualify for the 9 consecutive years and be eligible for the Ellen Battles 9-year award.

If a High School participant was to receive the Ellen Battles 9 Year award this year, the church should contact Sarah Johnson at [email protected] to notify us of the driller or speakers’ hard work. The award would be mailed to the church to be presented to the participants.

Thank you for your support during this difficult time for all of us. For questions, please email through [email protected]


Children - Vacation Bible School - English - Great Commission Express - BaptistWay Press

We can take advantage of these days at home and be intentional in sharing Bible passages with our Preschoolers and Children. Have fun with your children and learn about God's immense love for you at the same time!! Go to the following BaptistWay Press website and check out the Vacation Bible School activities and Bible passages that are FREE and ready for you to download!!! Let us know how much your preschoolers and children loved learning about God at home! https://baptistwaypress.org/children/vacation-bible-school/english/great-commission-express/

baptistwaypress.org Hop onto the Great Commission Express Train to explore what God is doing! Your children will explore what God is doing through churches working together and will learn how churches work together by sending their offerings to the Cooperative Program. They will be captivated when they realize God can....

We’re having a great time at our first VBS Overview of the season! If you live in Central or South Texas, we’re heading your way! We’ll be at Taylor’s Valley Baptist Church in Temple on February 22 and FBC Portland on February 29. Register today at txb.org/vbs!

What is your favorite VBS memory?

VBS has been life-changing for many of us. What is your favorite memory from VBS?

Why does your church still do VBS?

Why does your church still do VBS? Check out what some of our local ministers had to say about why their church continues to invest in VBS each year.


Texas Baptists - Trainer of Trainers

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for HomeWord's Trainer of Trainers Track 2, which we will be hosting at Lakeview Camp & Retreat Center in Waxahachie, May 12-14.

Would you like to learn how to give seminars on family ministry topics, gain knowledge in the area of parenting and learn the best practices in presenting seminars and coaching others?

HomeWord’s brand new Trainer of Trainers program just might be for you. Jim Burns has invested his adult life in giving seminars and writing on the important issues in family ministry. He is now ready to pass his content on to leaders with a desire to pass it on to others.

For more information and to register, visit https://texasbaptists.org/events/trainer-of-trainers.

texasbaptists.org May 12-14, 2020Track 2 Lakeview Camp & Retreat Center5128 FM 66Waxahachie, TX 75167 Become a Certified HomeWord Family Ministry Speaker and Coach  Wou...

What Impact Does VBS Have on the Children in Your Church?

We asked some of our local children's ministers what impact VBS has on the children in their churches. How has VBS impacted the children in your church?

Why is VBS important to you?

Why is VBS important to you? Some fo our ministers shared their thoughts with us, but we'd like to hear from you, too!

Don't forget, VBS Overviews are happening throughout February, beginning with one at our offices on Tuesday, February 11. It's a great opportunity to see some VBS options and get training on LifeWay and Group materials. Register at txb.org/vbs.

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We’ve had a wonderful time at our Preschool & Children’s Ministers’ Retreat, but this morning has been special as we celebrated with Beronica Gregory and Lisa Shinkins, who have completed the Childhood Ministry Certification Program.


Early Registration Ends Tomorrow!

Early Registration for the Preschool & Children's Ministers' Retreat Ends Tomorrow! Plus, we only have four rooms left!



Only One Week Left for Early Registration!

Early registration ends on December 12, so there's only one week left before rates go up! We also only have 6 rooms left--when those are filled, we'll start a waiting list. So register today!!



Early Registration for the 2020 Preschool & Children's Ministers' Retreat Ends in One Month!

We've added some great new keynotes and excellent breakouts to the Preschool & Children's Ministers' Retreat! Check out the link below for more info and to register.


Have you checked out our Preschool & Children's Ministers' Retreat, coming up in January? We're going to have excellent Bible study led by Dr. Duane Brooks from Tallowood Baptist Church, fantastic keynotes from Dr. Tommy Sanders of ETBU, and meaningful worship from Aaron Tomes and Charlie Pannell from FBC Arlington. In addition, we'll have great breakouts and a ministry fair for you to see what some of your colleagues are up to at their churches. You can register today at https://texasbaptists.org/events/preschool-and-childrens-ministers-retreat-2020

Special Friends 2019

Special Friends 2019

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Registration is now open for the 2020 Preschool & Children's Ministers' Retreat! Join us January 13-14 at Summers Mill in Salado as we take a look at what's # trendingnow!

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Did you know that more than 94,000 preschoolers, children, and workers enrolled in VBS in Texas in 2018 and that more than 3,000 made decisions to follow Christ? Did you also know that these numbers are based on only the 440 churches who reported? Think about how much higher the number would be if everyone reported! Have you turned in your VBS report yet? You can fill it out online using your SBC ID, or you can mail or email it to us! We want your church to be a part of these numbers in 2019!

We are very excited to recognize the first person to earn an advanced certificate of ministry in childhood ministry through our joint program with Truett Seminary, Robin Mack! She has worked so hard and we are very proud of her. If you have questions about the certification program, just let us know!

We have several churches that we are praying for this week. As always, if we missed anyone, just let us know in the comments!

We know that several of you are having VBS, camp, or mini-camp this week, so let us know in the comments so that we can be praying for you!

Please join us in praying for these churches having VBS and camp this week. If we left anyone out, please let us know in the comments!!

Are you having VBS or camp this week? Let us know in the comments so that we can pray for you!

The Childhood & Family Ministry Summit is just 3 weeks away and it's not too late to register! What is your favorite thing about the Summit?

We're getting closer to August, but things aren't winding down yet! Please join us in praying for these churches having VBS or camp this week. And as always, if we missed anyone, let us know in the comments!

Are you having VBS or heading to camp this week? Let us know in the comments so that we can be praying for you!

It looks like this is a big camp week! Please join us in praying for these churches, their leaders, and the children they are serving. As always, if we missed anyone, please let us know in the comments!

Are you having VBS or camp this week? Let us know in the comments so that we can pray for you!

Today is the last day to register for the Childhood & Family Ministry Summit at the early registration price. The prices go up tomorrow! Register now at texasbaptists.org/summit!

Since many of you are on a break from VBS and camp this week, it's a great time to turn in your VBS report! Don't forget, if you submit it online, please also email it to [email protected] or mail it to us at Texas Baptists, 7557 Rambler Rd Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75231. You can download the form fromhttps://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/vbs2016/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20063125/VBS_2019_Report-1.pdf

Early registration for the Childhood & Family Ministry Summit ends in one week! Register now before the price goes up! https://texasbaptists.org/events/childhood-and-family-ministry-summit-2019

With the holiday this week, most of you don't have VBS or camp, but if you do, let us know in the comments so that we can pray for you!

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