Karen Swales

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Feb 13

New Ideas for Lent!

Looking for some new ideas for observing Lent with children?  Check out these resources! Family Faith Formation – Seasonal Lenten Resources (with emphasis on United Methodist Resources) http://kidz.arumc.org/family-faith-formation/seasonal-resources-lent/ Lenten Ideas on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/kidzarumc/lent-holy-week/

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Apr 14

200,000 Reasons!

There are three upcoming opportunities for your church to get involved in the 200,000 Reasons Initiative to Fight Childhood Hunger in Arkansas. You will also get to experience the wonderful environments provided by three of our camps: Bear Creek, Shoal Creek and Wayland Spring.  200,000 Reasons is a three-year initiative adopted by the United Methodists …

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Feb 26

Continuing Ed. Opportunities for Children’s Ministry Leaders

Looking for continuing education opportunities for children’s ministry leaders? Click on the picture above for a chronological list of conferences around the country specifically for people who work with children in local congregations.  

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Feb 19

IMPORTANT Safe Sanctuary Updates

IMPORTANT  UPDATES! There are two updates to Arkansas law regarding mandated reporting of child abuse. 1) The law has been expanded to add to the mandatory reporter list “anyone who is performing his or her employment duties with a non profit (which would, of course, include a church) and 2) We cannot require anyone to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://kidz.arumc.org/important-safe-sanctuary-updates/

Feb 03

Family Lenten Resource Links

Looking for some fresh ideas for children and families for Lent? Click on the picture above for lots of links to activities, curriculum, videos and more!

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Feb 03

Mt. Sequoyah Summer Camps for Kids

Click the blue link  for a PDF version of this flyer.   Mt. Sequoyah Summer Camps My Sequoyah is our Jurisdictional Conference and Retreat Center located at Fayetteville, Arkansas.  This summer, they will be offering a wide variety of camps and activities for kids of all ages.  For more information, go to:  http://mountsequoyah.org/portfolio-type/summer-camps/  

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Feb 03

Destination: Mission! Spring Break Trip

Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 4:30 PM – Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM (CDT) Asbury UMC, Little Rock, Arkansas Cost:  $30 to $150 Register at:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/build-destination-mission-individual-registrations-tickets-19399120291 ~~~ Destination Mission is a division of the Arkansas Conference Council on Children’s Ministries of the United Methodist Church.  It provides mission opportunities for service for 3rd …

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Feb 03

2016 Confirmation Camp!

  Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM – Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM (CST) Camp Tanako in Hot Springs Cost:  $45 Register at:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/confirmation-camp-tickets-19937200704 Registration deadline is February 15, 2016 ~~~ Confirmation Camps are perfect for churches of any size.  If your church has a long-term confirmation program, Confirmation Camp can serve as …

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Feb 03

VBS Mini-Grants

Apply NOW for a VBS mini-grant to help fund this summer’s VBS! Go to:  http://goo.gl/forms/lKD4Sm7a1R  

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Nov 06


During the month of January, 2016, United Methodist churches in Arkansas will be getting serious about Spiritual Revival!  Focus in worship and in Sunday school center on how revival is unconditional, transformational and invitational.  Click the image above to access resources for worship, small groups and children and youth Sunday school classes. ALSO Experience personal …

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