Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is all about variety


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Children's ministry is all about variety

A children's ministry that is fun, attractive and very good at transferring biblical knowledge to children has to be full of variety. Nothing is as boring and therefore ineffective as a children's ministry without variety.

Variety ensures that the children can concentrate better. Change every five till ten minutes and take them with you in your journey.

Variety also ensures that you can hold the children's attention better. Because they don't know what kind of fun or crazy thing is going to come next, they will stay with their attention on the programme.

It's hard work! Variety in children's work requires a lot of energy and creativity, but the fruits are also very rewarding.

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:5
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YouTube video - Jesus says 'No' in the desert: 'Adumu'


Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story of the temptation of Jesus in the desert. 

A modern young warrior falls off a motorcycle in the savannah of Africa. He only has a machine gun to protect himself. A large lion sees him as easy prey. On the road he meets a traditional African warrior with a spear. He takes the spear, but the lion chases him. He tries to kill the lion with his machine gun, but soon all the bullets are gone. The lion tries to tear him apart, but the traditional African warrior runs towards him and kills the lion. Then he gives his spear to the young boy and disappears.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of the temptation of Jesus in the desert. (Luke 4: 1-14) 

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

 

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Why is this film applicable to this Bible story?  

You can see it as a symbolic story. We are like the young warrior. With our own weapons we try to resist the devil who, like a roaring lion, wants to catch people. We may not think we need Jesus, but soon discover that our weapons don't help us. Jesus kills the lion and gives us his weapon.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following three steps:

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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is all about being visual


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Children's ministry is all about being visual

Why is it so important that everything in children's ministry has to be visual?

There are three reasons for this:

1. If something is visual, it holds the children's attention better. And that's what we want - for the children to participate full of attention and interest.

2. If something is visual, it helps the children to better understand the Bible teaching. Adults often think that the best way to learn is by listening. But listening to something and being able to see it at the same time, works so much better.

3. If something is visual, the children remember our Bible teaching so much better. It is proven that when people remember something, it comes:
- by seeing 75%
- by hearing 13%
- by feeling 6%
- by smelling it 3%
- by tasting 3%

Make your children's ministry as visual as possible!

 

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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is all about a good preparation


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Children's ministry is all about a good preparation

Everything within your children's ministry depends on a good preparation. Only if you have a good preparation for your children's ministry, your team members can enjoy what they are doing and the children will be happy to come.

If you work with a team, everyone needs to know what is going to happen. Those who have a share in the programme have gone through this at home and know exactly what they are going to do. You really need to know what you're going to do! If you're going to tell the Bible story, you need to know the story and have practised this at home. The teaching points have already been fully processed for yourself. You have practised the songs that you're going to play. In short, you are completely ready for it. The children's ministry can begin...

Good preparation ensures that your children's ministry can become a party that everyone enjoys!

 

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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is all about speaking their language


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Children's ministry is all about being speaking their language

If we're gonna teach the kids in our children's ministry something, we want them to understand it. But this is not always the case. This means that sometimes we have to adapt what we say. We should not talk down to them, but do it in such a way that it appeals to them. Do the children understand what you are saying? Do you speak in their language? Or do they miss most of what you try to teach them?

Sometimes, as a children's worker, you don't always get this right. By asking a question, you can check whether what you are saying really is on their level.

 

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Object lesson - Jesus says 'No' in the desert: 'The devil's toolbox'


Jesus gives us the strength to resist the devil's temptations

A creative and thought provoking object lesson on the temptation of Jesus in the desert. 

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Jesus in the desert Luke 4: 1-14 

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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What do you need:

- toolkit
- a hammer with a price tag of 40 euros (or the equivalent in your currency)
- a pair of pliers with a price tag of 150 euros (or equivalent)
- a screwdriver with a price tag of 220 euros (or equivalent)
- a wedge with a price tag of 1000 euro (or equivalent)

What do you do:

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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is all about being enthusiastic


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Children's ministry is all about being enthusiastic

Sometimes we find this difficult. And it may well be that you need a bit of help or guidance in this area in particular.

Children's workers need to be enthusiastic. If we are going to sing with the children, we have to participate the loudest. We have to make the biggest gestures. Children often do a little less in everything than we do. So if we make a weak gesture while singing because we feel uncomfortable, they will make limp gestures. But if we force ourselves to be enthusiastic, we will take the children with us and they will also become enthusiastic. The same goes for storytelling. The more gestures and drama, the more exciting and attractive it becomes.

How enthusiastic do you dare to be?

 

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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is all about being open


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Children's ministry is all about being open

If we want the children to be open to us, then we must also be open to them. Of course, we do not have to confront them with our personal problems. But on the other hand, we don't have to give them a picture that we know everything and that we never go wrong with anything.

Fortunately, there is a balance between being open and not telling them all your personal problems. It is now only a matter of searching for wisdom.

I challenge you: Dare to be open to the children you work with within your children's ministry.

 

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Experiment - Jesus says 'No' in the desert: 'Sugar in the cola'


An easy to do experiment on living a life full of fizz!

Jesus doesn't fall for the devil's temptation: "Look, I can make your life very exciting and bubbly." He surrenders himself to the will of the Father, and knows that if He listens to the devil, all the fizz will soon be gone.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Jesus in the desert Luke 4: 1-14 

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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What do you need:

- Bottle of cola
- a large glass
- spoon
- sugar
- bucket

What do you do:

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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is all about listening


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Children's ministry is all about listening

Within our children's ministry, do we take the time to really listen to the children instead of sometimes pretending? I know I have been guilty of this. Acting as if you listen, but in the meantime being busy with something else.

It's so easy not to make time for a child to really listen, when you're with so many children at the same time. However, listening is crucial within our children's ministry.

So we have to look for better ways to listen to children within our children's ministry. Maybe using creative ways for group discussions or working in small groups with the children. Or sometimes it's just a matter of sitting next to one of the children and having a real conversation with that child during a crafts activity.

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:5
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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is all about time investment


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Children's ministry is all about time investment

In many churches and congregations the children's ministry is split up in such a way that as a children's worker you see the children once a month. This is logical in itself, because you don't want to miss the church service too often.

But does this really build a friendship with the children? Do they get to know you this way?

In my work I have seen that many of the problems in the children's ministry arise from this. If you only do children's ministry once a month, the children have to get used to you every time. They are going to try you out, because every teacher or master allows them to do something different. It's just a lot harder than if you have a permanent team that leads the children's ministry every week or at least once every two weeks.

I've learned from practice that it's better to do the children's ministry with three people every two weeks than to be in front of the group on your own once every six weeks.

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:5
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Storytelling tips - Jesus says 'No' in the desert: 'Four great tips'


Four great tips to help you tell the story of Jesus being tempted in the desert

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Jesus in the desert Luke 4: 1-14 

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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