Okay, okay, you got me! I don’t really mean to throw away your curriculum (that’s a real budget-buster!). However, I would encourage you to put it on the shelf for week or two. Check out what happened to me when I tried it.
Shake It Up!
We’ve been using Promiseland 5-G curriculum in our Children’s Church program for awhile now. We bought a ton of it as it was going out of print (clearance!). However, for Labor Day, I decided to shake things up a bit and grab a lesson off Tony’s site, Ministry to Children. The lesson was simple to prepare and included a few elements that were new for our kids. I have to tell you, it put such a new energy into our group! Not only for the kids but for me as well. I usually always teach the 2nd service Children’s Church with teachers rotating in the 1st service class. Apparently, I gotten so used to the Promiseland format, that it wasn’t exciting for me (or the kids) anymore. I had such fun presenting this new lesson and it really stuck with the kids. So, I would encourage you to do the same. Take a break from your current curriculum, even if it’s just for a week or two! Try some of these great Fill-in curriculum ideas here or try Molly Pickens, which was a big hit with our kids.
What About You?
What do you do to keep your curriculum or program fresh?
We don’t get “the big moments” every time we step into the church. Ministry isn’t filled with one earth-shattering moment after another. There are earth-shattering moments, but more often than not, Ministry is about keeping the program going, connecting to a new kid, saying hi to a parent in the grocery store, and all the little things that go with being a light to the world. Sometimes, when you reflect on these seemingly little things, they add up to a very big blessing. Here are a few “little” things that have been going on in our Children’s Ministry department.
I Need A Bible!
We’ve been studying how to use our Bibles in our Wednesday night program. During one of our Sunday services, I glanced over at a nearby pew to see a girl (age 7) scrambling to find a Bible. As soon as she got her hands on her dad’s, she started scanning for the verses the Pastor was mentioning the sermon. She even wanted to look up the verses that were already projected on the wall. It was exciting to see such a fire about using her Bible!
Leading By Example
In our Sunday morning service, we have a praise time right before offering. Members of the congregation can stand and praise God as they feel led. One Sunday a father stood and praised God for His faithfulness in a recent situation. Immediately after he sat down, his daughter sprang up and praised God for a wonderful family. She’s learning!
All in the Details
Usually when we introduce a new Bible character during Children’s Church, I ask if any of the kids know anything about them. More often than not, one of the kids in a particular family (there are four kids all together) will give complete details about the story, the supporting characters, the plot line, and the lesson to be learned. Sometimes I feel like handing over the mic and letting them teach! Obviously, there is some Bible study going on at home!
That Reminds Me of Song!
This phrase has become a something of a tagline for me. It’s a great way to insert songs during lesson time (and get a few wiggles out) and it shows the kids connections between the songs we sing and the lesson/Scripture value they hold. Recently, one of our team members was introducing a game involving Jeremiah 29:11. Suddenly, one of the kids said “That reminds me of a song” and 5 or 6 of them broke out in Group’s Song “The Lords Plans” which has the same lyrics as the verse. That’s one way to hide it in their hearts!
What About You?
What are some of the little things in your ministry that inspire you to keep going? Leave me a comment and let me know!
While browsing through this month’s edition of Family Fun, I spotted a few fun relay that would be perfect for Children’s Ministry. You can check them out on their website:
- Wacky Waiter: A fun relay using paper plates and a ping pong ball
- Sneaker Scramble: The kids in our ministry are always taking their shoes off — why not make it a game?
- Grab Bag: Get the camera ready!
You can often snag a whole year’s subscription for #3.89 at Best Deal Magazines with a coupon code. I’ll let you know when I see it available again. As it is, I think I have 6 years already. They’ve got great ideas!
Have you stumbled across a great idea? Leave a comment and let me know!