Four Things That Keep the Classroom Calm

Four Things That Keep the Classroom Calm

It's that time of year again!  The summer is coming to a close and kids are back in school.  If your Children's Ministry group is anything like mine, things were a little bit squirrely this last week.   A little too much sitting during the school day perhaps? Even if the kids in your group were as good as gold, the beginning of the school year is a perfect time to review expectations and make sure everyone is clear on the rules. Here's a few things we do in our kidmin classes in order to … [Read more...]

Following God’s Path: A Lesson in Bible Study for Kids

Following God’s Path: A Lesson in Bible Study for Kids

While we were studying the Catechism for boys and girls during our midweek program a few months ago, we spent a week learning about Following God's Path. Just as certain things (such as a flashlight, a map, and footprints) help us follow the path in the woods, other things can help us follow God's path. To introduce the topic (and to pique some interest), I taped some animal tracks down on the ground starting at the front door.  Some headed into the sanctuary and some led all the way to the … [Read more...]

Classroom Management for Younger Kids

Classroom Management for Younger Kids

Last Saturday, I met with my amazing team of small group leaders to check in with them and bring them up to speed on any new happenings around the church or ministry.  One comment I heard over and over again was: "THESE KIDS ARE OUT OF CONTROL!" It seemed to be a struggle across the board (I'm sure you can relate!), but I wanted to take a closer look at some of the younger kids who were being especially rowdy.  These classroom management tips are geared specifically towards 1st and 2nd … [Read more...]

Ruth Bible Lesson Ideas for Kids

Ruth Bible Lesson Ideas for Kids

We're learning how to Navigate the Old Testament in our midweek Children's Ministry program and this week, we'll be taking a closer look at the book of Ruth.   Check out our previous lessons below: Learning about the Old Testament with Kids Joshua Lesson Ideas Judges Lesson Ideas We've covered Ruth once before on Growing Kids Ministry.  You can check out the Ruth Gleans in the Field lesson from Children's Church here. If you're looking for a few craft or activity ideas to … [Read more...]

Teaching the Old Testament to Kids: Judges

Teaching the Old Testament to Kids: Judges

This year, in our midweek program, we're working through both the Old Testament and the New Testament in order to help the kids navigate through their Bible with ease.  We're using Discipleland's curriculum as the foundation and adding in some crafts and activities along the way.  We finished up covering the Books of the Law about two weeks ago and last week, touched on two important accounts in Joshua which help show the consequences for obeying or disobeying God. Click on the links below for … [Read more...]

Frozen and Romans 3:23 (Children’s Ministry Lesson)

Frozen and Romans 3:23 (Children’s Ministry Lesson)

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending snow camp with a group of first through fourth graders.   The snow wasn't exactly my favorite part, especially since I nearly died trying to drive to said snow camp.  However, I did have a blast getting to know some new kids and hanging out in the lodge with them.  The theme of the weekend was Frozen and I thought I'd share the lessons I drafted up for the occasion. The first lesson focused on Romans 3:23 and the fact that "Everyone is a … [Read more...]