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Let’s face it, there is a lot of excitement and fun to compete with in the world. Kids (and their parents) choose from all sorts of good, positive, quality experiences throughout the week: school activities, travel sports, art classes, music lessons, martial arts. These can all be positive influences, but they’re not church. How do you make the experience that happens at church what they talk about with their friends and want to invite other people to?
You and I are certainly not the first people to have asked these questions. Depending on the size of your church, the nature of your community and the budget you have to work with, the practical ways you attempt to reach out to kids and draw them into the church are going to be varied. The solution that works at your church may not work someplace else.
Here is a short list of resources that have been helpful to me in the past when worshipping with kids in a small church setting:
Children’s Ministry Guide for Smaller Churches by Rick Chromey
This book focuses on developing strong, congregation-wide ministry to children in smaller churches. It speaks to the challenges of
- Developing children's programming on a small budget
- Training people to help deliver that programming
- Involving everyone from the pastor to retired grandparents to help make a small church's ministry to children thrive
- How to evaluate and sustain your children's ministry, once you get it going.
Little Stories for Little Children by Donna McKee Rhodes
This Angel Award winning book features 52 children's worship stories to be used throughout the year. A bible verse, theme and objects to illustrate the point are included with each lesson.
Hooray for Children's Church by Lisa Flinn & Barbara Younger
Book includes activity pages, crafts, snack ideas, games and songs for use in children's church. You don't have to think anything up...it's all in there, including reproduceable pages!
101 Simple Service Projects Kids Can Do by Susan L. Lingo
The service projects in this book are big and small. Some are quick to do in addition to a broader lesson. Others are projects that can be done over time. She also includes a service directory to help you find an organization to benefit.
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