Now that I’m no longer in full-time ministry for the time being, I’ve been finding some ways to keep myself busy. First, I’m serving as Parish Associate at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. It’s a great community and I’m looking forward to getting to know them, doing some preaching, and starting up a Theology Pub. Second, I just started yesterday as a Program Mentor for Hackstudio: An Incubator for Kid’s Goals. This is an amazing new startup that is providing a unique, hands-on, engaging, creative form of education for kids ages 8-18. I start training today – but I can already tell from an open house last night that it’s going to be an amazing venture and I’m excited to be a part of the team as it launches.
Both of these are part-time positions, so I figured that now was as good a time as any to…become an entrepreneur? Sure, why not.
Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of Illustrated Children’s Moments. As I’m sure you’ve realized, I’ve started to rediscover my long lost love of art recently, and while I was still working in the church, I wanted to find more and more ways that I could incorporate art into my ministry.
One of those ways involved creating some drawings to give the kids during the children’s moment or children’s sermon as a visual aid for telling the story – a time during the worship service that I’ve always dreaded. I always had really good feedback from the drawings and the way the kids (and parents) really liked them and kept talking about the stories throughout the week.
This past August, I had a group of pastors who were testing out some of these Illustrated Children’s Moments for me, and the feedback I got was very positive. And now…I’ve decided to share these with a larger audience.
Today, the Illustrated Children’s Moments website is launching, and I have two illustrations for sale at my new store here that fit the lectionary (both the Narrative and the RCL) for this Sunday – since it is kick-off Sunday at so many churches.
You were probably already asked to join my newsletter from this site, but you can also do so over at Illustrated Children’s Moments. I’ll be releasing an Advent & Christmas Pack in November, and a Lent & Holy Week Pack in January. I’m very excited to be able to share this resource with other faith communities, and I’d love your help in getting the word out. Here’s some of how you can stay in touch or share with others about this launch:
- Like it on Facebook here
- Follow it on Twitter
- Follow it on Instagram
- Follow it on Pinterest
- Share our website with others
And of course, clicking the SHARE buttons below will help get the word out. And if you know anyone in children’s ministry, or if you know pastors who particularly dislike children’s sermons or children’s moments (like I did) – this might be a helpful resource for them.