Outreach Idea–Mission: Possible

Are you looking for a new idea for outreach to the kids in your community? Here’s an idea that you can use to reach out to boys in grades 4-6.

Mission: Possible

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This idea is based around events planned specifically for boys in grades 4-6.

Plan one event per month. Since it is once a month, go big! Think Glo-bowling, rock-climbing, Floor hockey tournament, sledding in a cool location, or a Wii tournament on big screens. Take some time in the planning stages to brainstorm ideas.

It’s a good idea to follow the school year, so plan for 10 events.

Then, because it has a spy theme, invite boys from your church and your community to join the mission. Send out invites (by mail or email). Play around with the theme and have fun!

For each event, send out a new mission invite. This should contain what the mission is, where it will be, and when it will be.

To make it even more fun, devise a simple code that your mission team will need to break to get the needed info.

During the events, have fun and take the time to get to know the boys. Build relationships. Also, plan on brief devotionals that will introduce the boys to Jesus.

As always, when offering programs for kids, make sure you have enough leaders to run the program. These can be men from your church or older teens. Make sure you have safety policies and procedures in place.

Mission: Possible

Have fun with the spy theme, plan cool events that boys in your community will want to attend, recruit leaders that understand the purpose and goals of this outreach program, plan entry-level devotionals that will introduce the boys to Jesus and allow them to ask questions and discover Biblical truth.

Great Idea for Mid-Week Clubs!

childrens ministry girls clubAre you thinking of starting a mid-week club program? Do you need to revamp your current club program?

Here’s an idea for a club program for girls in grades 5&6:

A few years ago we decided that we needed to refresh our club program. We decided to make our club programs outreach oriented. They were primarily for meeting and building relationships with the kids in our community. On the Children’s Ministry Spectrum, they would be considered outreach. Church kids were encouraged to come, but to invite their friends. We created 3 clubs – one for boys & girls in grades 1-3, one for girls in grades 4-6, and one for boys in grades 4-6. We decided to specialize.

The girls program was called GEMS. (Note: this had nothing to do with the GEMS girls club that has been around for a while. The names just ended up being the same.) We decided to do once a month events. We planned events that would interest girls of this age and then sent out invitations. Invitations were sent via email and snail mail. In the invitations, we encouraged the girls to invite their friends.

We planned a pajama party, a mani-pedi night, a games night, a cooking night, a movie night. We wanted it to be fun and interactive. We planned talks with the girls focusing on issues that they are dealing with – friends, relationships with parents, boys, health & diet. During these talks we brought up what God has to say about the issue. We didn’t plan Bible studies because it was an outreach event, but we did pray and talk about God. We introduced the girls to God and the fact that we can turn to God with our problems and trust Him to love us, care for us, and help us.

This new club format turned out to be very popular. We had 20-30 girls coming to each event (which for our church at the time was a lot!)
We then took the opportunity to invite these girls to VBS, to Sunday School, and to any other event going on at the church that would interest them.

If you are thinking about clubs, look at your children’s ministry spectrum and decide on the main purpose for your club program. If you want to start an outreach club program, use this idea as it is (if you like it!) or as a starting place for you to brainstorm with your volunteers.