Posts tagged with: Christian Parenting

Jelly Telly and Upward Partnership

New online children’s network, JellyTelly, launched by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, has recently partnered with sports ministry Upward Unlimited, an international non-profit organization that gives churches opportunities to provide sports ministry leagues to children. The goal of the partnership is to encourage participation in Upward with fun, fast-paced messages about Christian values and character from JellyTelly.

In the new partnership, each child who enrolls in Upward receives a special code to unlock a learning video with a sport specific scripture at www.teamupward.com. This innovative concept was part of the official launch of the company’s new website which took place in June 2009.

Unlike traditional sports programs, Upward’s structure was created to allow children to participate in practices and games without league standings. In the Upward program, sportsmanship, kindness and character are valued and promoted as winning qualities. The videos, which have been created by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer’s JellyFish Labs, are specifically produced for Upward to echo each of these values.”Upward already has a wonderful ministry to a huge audience of kids,” says Phil Vischer. “It’s a privilege for us to help them reach a new generation of web-savvy kids in a way that can build their spiritual, moral AND physical health.”

To date, the campaign has been widely successful, designed to serve over 500,000 children with messages of God’s unconditional love and endless encouragement. Currently, JellyTelly plans on creating approximately 80 exclusive videos over the course of one year to fulfill its commitment to the partnership.

“We have been so pleased with the partnership with Phil Vischer and JellyTelly. Through the course of the next twelve months, over half a million children and their parents will be impacted by the clever and humorous approach to teaching sports and reinforcing the messages from Upward coaches,” says Caz McCazlin, President of Upward Unlimited. “In this day and age, the ability to consistently impact and influence children where they are is a rare talent. We see the JellyTelly partnership as a way to successfully use the internet to reach these children.”

Click the link to learn more about Jelly Telly.


Monday Motivation 4-27-09


Apply the three Rs to everything you do.

Rule-the thing we are or aren’t supposed to do. Example-We should always tell the truth.

Reason-The reason for the rule. Example-We should always tell the truth because lying leads to distrust and broken relationships.

Ruler-Behind every rule and reason is God and His character. Example-We should always tell the truth because God is truth, and we are to become like Him.


6 Ways to Keep Christ in Your Easter Celebration

Back at Christmas I did a series of posts on keeping Christ in Christmas. Today I am going to share with you 6 ways to keep Christ in Easter. Without Jesus Christ there would be no Resurrection Sunday or Easter celebration, as we in the Christian faith celebrate it. Unfortunately, Easter has become synonymous with spring, eggs and bunnies instead of Jesus, Resurrection and Salvation. Here are just a few ways you can keep Christ in your Easter celebration.

  1. Instead of filling Easter baskets with just candy and trinkets add something to enhance your child’s spiritual education. A new Bible, devotional, prayer journal, cross necklace, or Scripture bookmark are just a few ideas of gifts you could include.
  2. Focus on reaching out to an unchurched neighbor, friend or family member. Invite another family to attend church with you on Easter Sunday. Also invite them to your home for dinner afterwards. Tangibly share the love of Christ.
  3. Get some colored cellophane or plastic wrap, a few bags of jelly beans, some cardstock and ribbon and make gifts for neighbors, shut-ins, and friends. Here is the poem to put on the cardstock.
    RED IS FOR THE BLOOD HE GAVE.
    GREEN IS FOR THE GRASS HE MADE.
    YELLOW IS FOR THE SUN SO BRIGHT.
    ORANGE IS FOR THE EDGE OF NIGHT.
    BLACK IS FOR THE SINS WE MADE.
    WHITE IS FOR THE GRACE HE GAVE.
    PURPLE IS FOR HIS HOUR OF SORROW.
    PINK IS FOR OUR NEW TOMORROW.
    A BAG FULL OF JELLY BEANS
    COLORFUL AND SWEET,
    IT’S A PRAYER, IT’S A PROMISE,
    IT’S A SPECIAL TREAT
  4. Watch the movie “An Easter Carol” by Veggie Tales
  5. Review the Easter story and then use Resurrection Eggs to see if the children can recall the story. You can buy the Resurrection Eggs at your local christian bookstore or here is a link to a website that tells you how to make your own. Home made Resurrection Eggs.
  6. Make Resurrection Cookies (these are so cool)
    Tools & Ingredients

1- cup whole pecans
1-teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch of salt
1-cup sugar
a zipper baggie
a wooden spoon
tape
a Bible
EASTER COOKIES
Preheat the oven to 300 (this is important-don’t wait ’til you’re half-done with the recipe)

1. Place the pecans in the baggie and let the kids beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3
2. Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl. Let each child smell the vinegar. Explain that when Jesus was on the cross and He became thirsty, He was offered vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30
3. Add the egg whites to the vinegar. The eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life so that we could have life.
Read John 10:10-11
4. Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand and let them taste it. Put the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27
5. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
6. Beat the egg whites with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isa.1:18 and John 3:1-3
7. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a wax paper cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid to rest.
Read Matt. 27:57-60
8. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off.
9. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the door. Explain that Jesus tomb was sealed.
Read Matt. 27:65-66
10. Go to bed. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight and that Jesus followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20-22
11. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. the cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find His tomb empty.
Read Matt. 28: 1-9
recipe by Wanda Long originally published in Home Life Magazine
Have a Jesus filled Easter!