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North Pacific Union Conference
Virtual Children's Ministries Expo

March 5 & 6, 2021

You and your friends are invited. There is no charge, but you must register to receive the online link.

PIVOT will inspire and encourage you. Listen to keynote speaker Pastor Manny Cruz and dedicated breakout presenters who are passionate about ministering to children. You will be equipped to minister to the children you serve in powerful ways as the Holy Spirit leads us to pivot with Him.  There will be seventeen seminar breakouts from which to choose.  Four (4) seminar breakouts will be presented in Spanish.

Children are very much loved by Jesus. He is continually looking for ways to win them for the kingdom. He calls us, knowing how flawed we are, to love and reach children, first our own and then to come alongside other children and families and encourage them to do the same. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, a Sabbath School leader, an Adventurer leader, a VBS leader or a pastor this Children’s Ministry Expo will inspire you to reach this generation of children.

"See I am doing a new thing." Isaiah 43:19

  • Keynote Speaker: Manny Cruz, Director for Youth and Children's Ministries, Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
  • Seminar Breakouts: 17 total and 4 will be presented in Spanish
  • Event Dates: Friday, March 5 at 7 pm (PST) & Sabbath, March 6 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (PST)
  • Registration is Free, but required
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  • Questions or for info: Contact either or call 503-539-3106
  • For detailed info visit North Pacific Union Conference's Children's Expo webpage
  • Download Pivot Graphics for Facebook, Instagram and a Postcard to use to advertise this event.


  • Connected - Are you doing something to help children stay connected to their church family? Please call 503-850-3537, email or text me to tell me about it. As our time apart lengthens we need to do our part to make sure children and families stay connected to Jesus and the church.
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Lending Vault Resources

Lending Suspended Until Further Notice
Do to health concerns and the many surfaces that can be touched. The Children's Ministries Department will suspend lending from our Lending Vault until further notice.

Our Lending Vault is a service we provide for our churches to help offset costs for event programing. This includes VBS kits, backdrops, stuffed animals and costumes.  It is $20 per borrowing trip. We rely on the careful care of those who borrow, to return them in a timely manner and to follow the care instructions for each.  This is a local service and requires on site pick up and return. It is not a mailed lending service.  Please fill out this form to request using our Lending Vault Resources in Children’s Ministries. This will help us to serve you better and see if we have the items you are requesting.  We will contact you further once this form is fully filled out. Thank you to those who help sustain this program by donation and using the service. NOTE: during the month of July borrowing from our vault is closed the 3rd through the 5th week each year.

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The Adventurer program was created to assist parents in their important responsibilities as their child’s primary teachers and evangelizers.

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Welcome to Cactusville, one of the most adventurous towns in the Southwest! Cactusville is a mining town tucked away in the desert where the sun is always shining, the skies are bright blue, and the peaks of the surrounding mountains look like broken spurs. Yee-haw! Kids will experience a rip roarin’ good time while learning that they are called by God. They are called to be unconditionally loved and accepted, whoever they are. God’s calling includes a revelation of His unique purpose for each and every child. Each day your Buckaroos and Li’l Cowpokes will discover a special way in which God has called them. They will learn how they can accept and live out this calling while enjoying Bible treasure huntin’ Cactusville adventures!

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Sabbath School

Beginner Ages birth – 2 years old.

Kindergarten Ages 3 – 4 years old.

Primary Ages 5 – 9 years old.

Junior Ages 9 – 12 years old.

Content for All Sabbath Schools

Lessons, videos, podcasts, craft ideas and more you will find in the Oregon Conference Children's Ministries Newsletter each week for all the kids sabbath school programs. View the Newsletter here or get on the mailing list to receive it in your email.

CM Coordinator Job Description

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Transformative Love

By Dan Linrud DMin
President Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

I grew up in a home that was filled with conflict and a lot of words that were not particularly loving. In fact, I was called a lot of unsavory names by my parents, this high tension environment induced a lot of squabbling and fighting among me and my brothers and with our parents. Home wasn’t a place that I felt very good about nor about myself. I don’t think I could say that my home was a place where I loved my self or where there was love for God.

But, my Adventist grandmother was exactly opposite. She loved the Lord and lavished her love on her family—especially us grandkids. I loved going to Grandma’s house. And the good thing was, she lived next door, up the road or across the field on the other side of our small farm, so I was able to go there often.

She was a calming presence and her love was enveloping. She had a joyful personality and a loving spirit that made you feel like you were truly significant and mattered. Whether it was playing games with us at her kitchen table or on the sofa, or reading Primary Treasure or Junior Guide or some other stories to us while we sprawled on the floor, or eating her fresh baked goodies, everything was better with Grandma. It is where I felt truly loved. And I imagined that if God were real, and I believed he was, then he must be a lot like Grandma (or she like him).

Every Sabbath Grandma would take me to church with her. I discovered that my grandma was also the church grandma. She treated everybody the way she treated me and my family. She was a Sabbath School leader, church storyteller, kids’ craft organizer, cookie baker, and so much more. But, I also realized that she wasn’t the only person like that. There were other people who were also reflections of what I believed God must be like. From my earliest memories my Sabbath School teachers in Cradle Roll, then Kindergarten to Primary to Juniors to Earliteen to Youth class were warm and caring and love poured from them, just like Grandma. Besides Grandma’s place the children’s ministries volunteers in my church were Jesus to me. And I loved it!

The children's ministries volunteers were like Jesus to me. Because they loved and accepted me I came to realize that this was how Jesus felt about me, only more. Because I experienced what love is through them, I came to feel that there was value and something lovable in me. And when that happened, I loved Jesus and others, too. Never underestimate the impact that loving a child can have in providing a path for them to feel loved by Jesus, love themselves and love him and others. It’s transformative love!

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Kids Object Lessons

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These kids object lesson videos are made possible by Children's Ministry Deals

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