Posts Tagged ‘children’s ministry’

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It’s that time of year for all of us children’s ministry folks!  Summer is just around the corner, and I’m sure that many of you are preparing for your church’s Vacation Bible School (or equivalent, thereof).

This year’s SVCC Vacation Bible Adventure (VBA) is called “Soul Wars.”  We’ll be focusing on stories relating to extreme measures of faith in Bible.  The phenomenon that is Star Wars will be our connecting element for this – which is super exciting!

Two weeks ago, we began practices for our Song Crew – which is the team that leads our VBA kids in worship during the week.  In the past, I’ve focused a lot on getting the kids to know the motions and the words to the songs.  This year, I’ve taken on a different approach.  I really want to see these team grow in their worship of God, and in their service for others – in addition to knowing the truth behind the songs.

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With that in mind, we begin each rehearsal with a devotional.  It’s great to dig into the Word together, share our thoughts, and determine the appropriate application.  Also, team members must serve in children’s ministry (Nursery, Pre-K, or Elementary) at least two weekends a month.  This will hopefully help them develop that desire to serve, and help them see what they’ll be looking forward to!

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It’s been fun working with all 29 of these cray-cray kids!  Looking forward to what God will do in and through them this year.  Check out a bit of a preview of what’s to come with one of our new VBA songs!

Have a great day….and may the faith be with you!

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We’ve got a midweek (or….beginning-of-the-week) program called CLUB 456 at SVCC.  It’s a discipleship ministry designed for 4th-6th graders who want to dig deeper in their relationship with Christ.  The typical format for Monday evenings at club = fellowship time, large group game, and small groups.  As you can see, we had some serious [modified] dodgeball action a bit ago 🙂

This recent Monday, our Children’s Director/Club 456 Ministry Leader facilitated a large group lesson for the kids.  It was a lesson on serving, which originated from Beth Guckenberger’s book entitled “Tales of the Not Forgotten.”  Check out her book and her leader’s guide.  Some really encouraging stories to utilize as resources to encourage others to serve.

At the end of the lesson, the kids were given a plastic ziplock bag, a snack to put into the bag, and a card.  The card held information about local establishments that provide food services for those in need.  The kids (and their families) were encouraged to meet a homeless person, and give this snack bag to them.  They were even able to write a note of encouragement to them – which was really great to see.

This simple activity was a great way to help the kids connect with how they could actively serve others around them.  It’s certainly easy for us to do things like this every once in a while, but the real challenge lies in how we perpetuate the spirit of service to those around in us in the name of Jesus continually.  What can you be doing – in your family, your school, your church, your community, your whatever – on a consistent basis?  Pray about it – and act on it!  It’s through God-centered love and service that we make an invisible God, a visible God.