Archive | June, 2016

Thank You Teachers

22 Jun

Our KidsMin teachers do a lot of work! Take a couple minutes, or an hour, or an evening to thank them for the work they do and their contribution to your church community and the lives of the children they are teaching.

Gift Cards
Caribou Gift Card

Gift cards are a great way to show your appreciation to your teachers and best of all, it is quick and easy to do! Whether it is to Caribou Coffee, Starbucks, Olive Garden, or a local ice cream shop, your teachers will appreciate the thought.



Tumblers/Mason Jars



Pick up some tumblers or mason jars from your local dollar store, fill them with coffee to go, lemonade, or tea packets a make a little tag thanking them for “filling others up” throughout the year. If using mason jars add “You’re aMASON’ Teacher”.


Burt's Bees


I love Burt’s Bees chapstick and I could not think of a more punny and cute little thank you gift that I would personally love to receive.





image1With the donut craze in full swing pick up a dozen of donuts or more. Definitely more. Who doesn’t like a donut or two? Set them aside in a room with coffee for your teachers with a sign thanking them for their time, or make these cute (and punny) individual donut doggy bags. If you can’t tell yet. I have a deep appreciation for puns.


10419381_10204715718225102_2610137774779677939_nHold a reception for your teachers and church volunteers either after church or on a Wednesday night. Cater dinner (Olive Garden is always a favorite), fire up the grill, or display desserts, and show your volunteers how grateful you are for their time and service. Conclude with a short program, picture and video highlight reel, or a small take home gift for your volunteers.

NEW CURRICULUM: Seasonal Lessons Volume 1

20 Jun


Seasonal lessons screenshotAs promised, we are rolling out a whole lot of new this summer! Check out our brand new curriculum bundle, Seasonal Lessons: Vol. 1! This curriculum brings you nine exciting stand-alone lessons from a range of topics such as the Superbowl, Easter, the beginning and end of school, and Valentine’s Day. As a BONUS you will receive a three week Christmas curriculum called Dirty Jobs! That is 12 lessons in total. All of these lessons have been available on as individual lesson, but are now in one sweet bundle! Download Now! 


If you want even more ideas to go along side the new curriculum, check out River’s Edge Curriculum on Pinterest! We have a board filled with ideas that coincide with each of the lessons!

Pinterest page


Father’s Day

15 Jun

Each year Father’s Day creeps up on us. With Mother’s Day and Memorial day in the books and thoughts turned towards Fourth of July, Father’s Day thoughts often do not dawn until the weekend of the holiday. Plan something special for the fathers in your church community to thank them for the important task they have to be leaders in their homes and examples to their children.

Photobooth areas are a great way to capture a special memory or send a special greeting to your father or a father figure in your life. These photobooth pictures are from Mother’s Day, but could easily be altered to feature a fishing pole, football goal, or an array of comic books.

What are ways that your family or church shows appreciation to the father figures in your life?