Now, admittedly, not all of these nationally and internationally recognised days in May have too much of note for children's ministry. But, they can add a bit of fun and perhaps added significance to your day and your kidmin focus. It might also provide some additional comment and reach to your children's ministry social media pages. You might generate some fun comments and interaction and, your page LIKES might increase.
So... let's take a look at what's happening this month, other than Chocolate Chips. If you're using the special Ministry Planner Kit, you might like to add these dates to the month planner and the information to your notes as a reminder.
MAY 15: NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY
Ideas?? Cook a batch of chocolate chip muffins and drop them off at your local school or childcare centre with a small note of thanks for their work with kids. It's really helpful to encourage a strong connection between your work with children and families and the local schools. (Take a couple of photos of the teachers and upload them to your kidmin Facebook page.)
What a fun theme and a good reminder about physical fitness. It's so easy to forget about fitness when you're busy. Although I've read many reminders about standing up and moving after you've focused on your computer work for any length of time, I regularly forget.. You might be interested in this short list of helpful apps HERE that will remind you to stand up and move, and even to blink.
It might be a good idea to mention this special week focus on your social media and perhaps share this verse from What's in the Bible, too.
MAY 15: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES
May 15 is certainly a popular date. Perhaps you could remind families about some of the great resources available:
FREE resources from Thriving Family magazine.. HERE
Odyssey Club for kids, where kids will learn how to deepen their relationship with Jesus and live it out ...HERE
LeadershipforKids.tv: 'This free, kid-friendly video site teaches your children biblical principles like courage, confidence and kindness.' HERE
Those who minister in children's ministries have no need to be reminded of the importance of volunteers. Post some inspirational quotes online and take this opportunity to give a small gift to your volunteer team. You can find both in this recent article, 3 Tips for thanking volunteers the easy way,HERE.
Many museums plan activities and events for this International Museum Day. It might be helpful for your church and community if you list some of the activities available in your area. But this is also a great opportunity to highlight the Creation Museum, and its state-of-the-art displays that bring the pages of the Bible to life. You can take a virtual tour of this museum in high resolutionHERE.
Highlight Turtle Day with some cute images.
If you're looking for resources for your kidmin for this special date on the calendar, you might be interested in the mini clip from What's in the Bible, available from Worship House Media.HERE
There are plenty of quality movie clips to highlight Memorial Day on the SkitGuys site HERE. They aren't particularly for children's ministries, but still useful if you're looking for something special for Memorial Day. Our Heroes, though, is a clip that shows a boy learning about the cost of freedom with his father and is worth checking out. See HERE
This is a day where people around the world commemorate the missing children who have found their way home, remember those who have been victims of crime, and continue efforts to find those who are still missing. The symbol for International Missing Children's Day is the forget-me-not flower.
Use this day to encourage everyone to think about children who remain missing, pray for the children and their grieving families and to spread a message of hope.
More information can be foundHERE