Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Service Flow

Is your "Service Flow" boring or exciting to a kid in your kids church? They say that a child's attention span a short. Here is a couple of things that I have learned about children's attention spans. Children ages 5-6 years old typically can attend to one activity that is of interest to them for around 10-15 minutes at a time and should generally be able to filter out small distractions occurring simultaneously in the environment. They may only be able to attend to an assigned classroom activity for only 5-10 minutes particularly if they find it uninteresting or difficult for them and do not have adult guidance to stay on task. As a guideline some research suggests using a child’s age as a general starting point for the number of minutes a child can attend to a single assigned task…so 5 minutes for a 5 year old, 7 minutes for a 7 year old, etc.

So here is how my "Service Flow" looks like:
  • 3 Minute Countdown (Funny & Exciting)
  • 5-7 Minutes: Praise Songs
  • 3-5 Minutes: Lesson Video Intro
  • 5-10 Minutes: Welcome (shooting silly string to kids), Rules & Quiet Seat
  • 5 Minutes: Video Announcements
  • 5 Minutes: Big Answer Segment (Main Point)
  • 5-7 Minutes: Game
  • 5-7 Minutes: Memory Verse Segment with Puppet
  • 3-4 Minutes: Funny Video Clip of What Kids Will Learn Today
  • 3 Minutes: Memory Verse Challenge Game
  • 4-5 Minutes: Bible Story Video or Theater Acting
  • 10-15 Minutes: Lesson & Altar Call
  • 4 Minutes: Worship Song
  • 10 Minutes: Recap & Pop Quiz (Boys VS Girls)
  • 5 Minutes: Game
  • 2 Minutes: Quiet Seat Prizes and Winners Announced
Offering is collected at the front desk as kids walk in to our kids church.
Let me know what you do in your Service Flow.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Targeting Your 4th & 5th Graders

When I was the junior high pastor, I noticed one thing... 4th & 5th graders were wanting to come to my junior high services. I remember seating there and thinking about what was going on that made  these kids want to come to me? Then it hit me! I was offering something that they're kids church wasn't offering to them. But before I let them in my group, I had several parents come to me, asking if their child could come and join my junior high group. It became a "BIG CONCERN", not just to me but to our senior pastor too. Now that I'm the kids pastor, my goal is to reach this age particular group. So here are some pointers or some ideas that you can use.
  1. Target your older group. See what they are up to. Build a relationship with them.
  2. Music. Play music that suits them too. No 4th or 5th grader wants to come in to an environment that is playing "If Your Happy and You Know It". During our worship we play groups like Hillsong United, Young & Free, Planetshakers and Jesus Culture. Play music that they listen to.
  3. Use them! I like to use my older kids for video announcements, powerpoint, propresenter, sound system, cafe' and more. They want to feel important. Give them responsibilities.
  4. Media Usage. Use videos or movie clips that relate to the older kids. Even the little ones will engage.
  5. Up-to-Date. They will be the ones that will keep to up-to-date with the latest fashions, media, music and technology. I like to ask the older kids all the time what the latest things are. 
I'm not saying to exclude your kinder-3rd graders, but your older ones are the future World Changers and your future kids leaders.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Game : Spongeball

Playing Dodgeball sometimes gets to intense for some kids. But what can you do to play something like dodgeball that makes everyone happy, safe and of course make it crazy fun? That answer is: SPONGEBALL!!! Spongeball is the same as playing Dodgeball, but safer! The rules are a little bit different but safe. In order for you to toss a sponge, you must first do the following:

1. Dip sponge in bucket (soak it up with the water)
2. Toss sponge to opponent!

See... Simple! LOL

Here is a drawing of how the field should look like:
 The X's are the individuals playing the game

 What you will need to buy:
  • 5-6 Jumbo Sponges
  • 3-4 big buckets
Have fun and let me know what you think.