Scripture Songs Kids Love!

I believe that Bible memory is important in the life of a Christ-follower. But Bible memory is not easy! Putting Bible verses to music is a great way to help us memorize Scripture!

Kids need motivation and encouragement as well. There is a lot of great Bible verse songs available. One recent group doing a phenomenal job is The Rizers.

The Rizers have put out 2 albums and are starting to make some really great videos as well. Their music will appeal to kids. It’s fun, pop-rock music.

If you are looking for some ideas for freshening up your Bible memory program check out The Rizers!

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing – Everybody’s It Tag

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of PlayingThis game is fun and a great way to tire kids out!

This game can be played inside or outside. It requires little or no equipment. And there’s LOTS of running!

You need a big, empty space (like a field or a gymnasium).  Use trees and walls, or use small orange pylons to make boundaries. Make sure ALL players know the boundaries.

Here’s how to play:

The object is to tag other players without being tagged yourself and without going outside the boundaries. If you are tagged, or go outside the boundaries, then you must sit down immediately. You can get back up and into the action by tagging someone as they pass by, at which point, they must sit down.

Here’s a simple way to explain the rules:

  1. If you get tagged, you’re “down”, and they’re “up”.
  2. If you tag them, they’re “down”, and you’re “up”.
  3. If you tag at the same time; you’re BOTH “down”.
  4. If you argue that you tagged first, you’re “down”- so be honest.
  5. If you go outside the boundaries, you’re “down”.
  6. If you are outside the boundaries and claim ignorance- you’re still “down”.
  7. If you are “down” and you tag someone passing by, you’re back “up”, and they are “down”.

The winner is the last person standing.

Reasons Why I Love this Game:

1. All children play at the same time. No one is left out.
2. Kids who are tagged aren’t out entirely; they can get back into the game.
3. It is easy to learn and simple to play.
4. It is easy to include new players into the game, even in the middle of the game.
5. It is extremely versatile – it can be played almost anywhere, requires little or no equipment, and can be played with almost any number of children.

Have fun!

Children’s Ministry Spectrum

It can be difficult in children’s ministry to know what programs to run, what programs to continue, and what programs to stop using. There are so many options and so many fun things to do with kids.

Using a children’s ministry spectrum will help with the tough choices you need to make.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples.  As children’s ministry volunteers this is our commission. The children’s ministry spectrum uses this verse as a foundation.

The first step in the process is to go. There are children in our communities who need to hear of the love of God and the gift of salvation that is offered to them.

Outreach events

This is the first stop on the children’s ministry spectrum. Outreach involves meeting the kids in our communities, building relationships, and meeting their needs.

Outreach ideas include Breakfast Club at the local school, Mom & preschooler drop-in, Homework Club, Lego Club, Sports Camps, Drop-in programs after school, Mid-week clubs, after school care, drama camps, Christmas programs/parties, and Spring Break events.

It is so important to build relationships with kids and show our love by meeting their needs, but the command to make disciples requires us to share the gospel.  That is the next stop on the spectrum.

Evangelism

At some point we need to share the gospel with the kids we have been building relationships with. Especially when working with kids, the gospel needs to be shared more than once and in different ways. The truth of the gospel stays the same, the opportunities for sharing it, however, are many.

Evangelism opportunities include VBS, day camps, gospel-focused sports camps, backyard clubs, Christmas and Easter services, and one-on-one conversations.

Discipleship

New believers need to be given opportunities to grow in their faith and to fellowship with other believers.

Discipleship opportunities include individual or group mentoring, Sunday School, Children’s Church, Prayer Meetings, Mid-week clubs, Corporate Worship, and fellowship.

Service

Disciples need the opportunity to discover the gifts God has given them, develop them and then use them to serve in the church.

We need to give the kids in our care the opportunity to learn about Spiritual gifts, discover their gifts, and use their gifts in the church and community.

Missions

Disciples need the opportunity to go and make disciples themselves by being involved with missions. We need to give our kids opportunities to learn about missions, support missions, pray for missionaries & missions around the world, and be involved locally & globally.

These could include Missions events at the church, missions projects, opportunities to pray to missions, and community mission projects.

The children’s ministry spectrum provides a way for you to look at the children’s ministry of your church and see how you are doing in each area.

The spectrum is not made up of individual pieces, rather they blend together to create a cohesive children’s ministry.

I have created a worksheet for you to evaluate your current programs. It looks like this.

Print off this resource (PDF file) and plot your children’s ministry programs into the spectrum. Are there areas that are overwhelmed with programs? Are there areas that are lacking in programs?

I have also developed this wall poster for you to print and post on your wall to refer to.

I hope this is a useful tool for you and your team as you continue the work of children’s ministry in your church and community.

 

 

Classroom Activity Idea – Comic Strips

Here’s a great classroom activity idea that gets kids engaged and involved. Have your class create a comic strip of the Bible story, central theme , or the real-life application of your lesson.

This idea allows kids to work individually or as a group. It gives them a chance to be creative and it gives them time to mull over the Bible story or application.

As they are creating their comic strip, they are thinking about the Bible story or application.

This is a quiet activity idea. I like it because it involves creativity that isn’t often used in the classroom setting.

This idea could become a class project. If you are doing a theme that lasts for a few weeks or a few months, the class could work together creating comic strips that will end up being a comic book.

To make it even easier for you, I have created three different comic strip templates. Download them and use them in your classroom this weekend!

Comic Strip template – regular portrait

Comic Strip template – regular landscape

Comic Strip template – large

Worship & Kids – Benedictions

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When I lead worship time with kids I like to end with a benediction or blessing. It is a way to signal to the kids that they are dismissed. It ends our time together with scripture and focuses our attention again on God.

A benediction or blessing is a way to send the kids out encouraged to remember that God is with them and will provide peace and hope and grace.

Here is a list of Scripture passages that you can use at the end of worship time to bless your kids.

“May the Lord bless you and protect you.  May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

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