Monday, October 28, 2013

Shave-Off Game

Here is another crazy game we played at my kids church on a Sunday morning, it's called "Shave-Off". In this game, the kids have a chance to get revenge on their adult leaders. What we did in this game is that we put shaving cream on our adult leaders faces that made them look like they had big beards. Each leader also represented a team. We gave each kid 1 spray bottle filled with water to squirt at their adult leader when the time came. The point of the game is to make sure that your adult leader has the least amount of shaving cream on their face. We gave the kids 30 seconds to squirt the adult leader with their spray bottles. We had 2 kids from each team come up and play. Here is what you will need for this game:

-Spray bottles filled with water
-1 can of shaving cream
-Garbage bags for the adult leader
-30 second Countdown 

Have fun and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ladder Ball Game

This game is one of the greatest hits for our kids church. I decided one day to design a BIG GIANT Ladder Ball game for kids church and so I did. Kids come up front and try to get team points for their team. Each pipe is a certain point, for instance the lower pipe is worth 10 points, the 2nd pipe is worth 20 points and the top pipe is worth 30 points. It is very simple to build and simple to tear down. Here are the materials you will need for this game:

-PVC Pipe
-PVC Connectors
-PVC pipe cement
-Tennis Balls

I will put up a video on how I did the tennis balls. I hope you enjoy this game with your kids too.

Monday, October 21, 2013

To Do List

I don't know about you but I get easily distracted by the everyday ministerial stuff at my church. They're times when I do forget what I was doing because I was easily distracted by a phone call, text, meeting, walk-in, etc. One of the greatest things that I have been using for the past years is a TO DO LIST. Some leaders like to use their cell phones or tablets, but I guess I like a little old school. My TO DO LIST consist of stuff that I need to finish throughout the week. For instance, my role is Children's Pastor but I also wear many hats at my church. I check on the Hospital Visitations and make sure I finish our church video announcements. I encourage you to create a TO DO LIST. It will help you remember items that you might forget throughout the week.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Music for Kids Church

I've had kids pastors ask me what kind of music I play in my kids church on a Sunday morning, Wednesday night and even during special events. If you click on the image above, you can actually see some of the music and artist I use for our kids church. I use these songs for background music and during our game competitions. Other artists I use are the following:

-Family Force 5
-Capital Kings
-Toby Mac
-Rhema Soul
-Kids On The Move
-Northpoint Kids
-Hillsong (Kids, United, Young & Free)
-Jump 5 (old school, but the kids don't know that)
-Go Kids
-Hawk Nelson
-Yancy & More..

If you would like more pictures my itunes list, just send me an email. It will be my pleasure to help you.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kids Water Baptism

Here is what I do for a kids water baptism. First of all, we require a 2 day class for an hour. We want to make sure that kids fully understand the commitment they are about to make. I use a curriculum by Brian Dollar called "Should I Be Baptized?". The cost for the curriculum is $14.99, but its good! I'm also in the process of writing my own curriculum for a kids water baptism. Second, we perform the water baptism in kids church. We want other kids to see what other kids are doing and the commitment that their very own friends are making. Thirdly, we give them a nice little gift and certificate to take home. As you see above, we hand them a wristband that says "I Got Baptized!". Kids love it! They go around the church, school, and home showing off their brand NEW wristband.
Let me know how you do your kids water baptism.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Centers for Kids Church

At my kids church we provide different kinds of centers where kids could come in and enjoy free time with other kids before service begins. We offer TONS of centers! Couple things that I like about having centers is that; 1) it helps kids get to know each other, 2) friendships are being built, 3) It keeps them from running around, 4) it's FUN! Here are some of the centers we provide at my kids church:

-Tic Tac Toe (I made 2 sets)
-Speed Stack
-Coloring Station
-Video Game Stations
-Bounce House
-Hedbanz Game

If you have any ideas, please let me know!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bathroom Questions

A saw this awesome idea at a local kids church and decided to do it at my kids church. It's simple and easy. The original name is called "Water Works", but I called it "Pit Stop". What you do is you put up questions about your current kids series in both boys and girls bathrooms inside each stall door. When they are done using the stall they will walk towards the sink to wash their hands and will find the answer to the question with a scripture reference located at the bottom of the answer. The kids love it at my church. Make sure you change the questions every week because kids will notice, TRUST ME!! What you will need:

-Sign holder
-Questions & Answers

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Duct Roll Game

Here is another crazy game we played on Sunday. It's called "Duct Roll". What we did was, we had 2 boys and 1 adult male VS 2 girls and 1 adult female. We wrapped each person with duct tape (duct tape is facing out) and gave them 3 minutes to roll around the floor collecting as many index cards as possible. The team with the most index cards wins. Here is the catch though, we blind folded the adult leaders. It made the game crazier. We laid 2 packs of 100ct colored index cards. FYI: Duct tape might come off if not put on properly!!
Here is what you will need for this game:

-Rolls of Duct tape (we used a total of 3 rolls for 2 services)
-Index Cards
-3 Minute countdown
-Crazy music

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Worm Race Game

This is a crazy game we played on a Sunday during kids church. It's called "Worm Race". Worm race is a race from start to finish. We had a child go inside a sleeping bag face first and when we said "GO", they went. It's funny! Kids went all over the place, why?? because they couldn't see the finish line. Kids were going under chairs, pumping against walls and pumping against leaders. It made the crowd go wild. We had 4 kids from each team go at it. After one team member crossed the finish line, they would run back and hand over the sleeping bag to the next person. At the end we had an adult leader finish the race for their team. Try it and tell me what you think. Here is what you will need for this game:

-2 sleeping bags
-duct tape or painters tape (start to finish line)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Thanking Your Volunteers

Volunteers need to feel appreciated every week. One of the things I love to do is to send text messages about once a week, thanking them for all they do and appreciating them for everything. I have written hand written notes to them, sent letters through the mail, emails and also giving them a little gift. As you see on top, I gave those little bags of goldfish to my leaders, reminding them that they are fishers of men. They love it! I heard "Awww that's so cute!" or "Thank you for thinking of me". Do something special for your leaders, remember that they don't get paid to help you.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Order of Service

One of the things that I use to communicate with my leaders is "Planning Center".  Planning Center is a website where you can create your very own order of service and you are able to send to your leaders. You can find out if your leaders are available to help and they can also see what part of the service they will be a part of. It's very simple to use and affordable. If you would like to see my order of service, just send me a quick email and I will respond back to you.