Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Who’s behind Creative Kidswork?

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Creative Kidswork is an initiative of Matthijs and Lindsey Vlaardingerbroek, who live in the Netherlands. Matthijs has been involved in Christian children’s work for over twenty five years, and has collected a whole archive of creative ideas. 

The ministry of Creative Kidswork stems from a desire to share these ideas with other children’s workers. As well as all of Matthijs’ ideas, there are a number of others who have freely made their ideas available to us. Thank you!

Matthijs currently travels all around the Netherlands, giving Christian children’s shows in churches, family services, Bible clubs and primary schools. He uses ventriloquism, puppetry, storytelling, object lessons and gospel magic.


What’s the vision behind Creative Kidswork?

Faith is like life – a huge adventure. Surprising, moving, challenging, at times boring, at times capricious. You know that you’re on a journey, and it can be good to have a fellow traveller. 

Someone to encourage  you, to inspire you. Someone who comes alongside you and leads you to the top of the mountain. Someone who helps you through the valley where the questions and doubts are breathing down your neck. Someone who is willing to kick down a rusty fence if necessary, so that you can continue on your journey.

This is who you are for the children with whom you work!

This is who we want to be for you!

We love to help fellow children’s workers continue their journey with new insights, inspired or strengthened, and knowing what the next step is. With the wind in your sails, ready for the rest of your adventure!

How can I become a member of Creative Kidswork?

We offer two different memberships:

Individual membership, which gives you and your family access to all the ideas on the site for just $25 a year. To join, click here:

Group membership for churches, schools or other groups, which gives all children’s workers or teachers access to all the ideas on the site. A group membership costs just $99 a year. To join click here:

Why is the site no longer free?

As you can imagine building and growing a large resource site such as Creative Kidswork takes a lot of time, energy and finance. For this reason we are asking for a small yearly contribution in order to be able to maintain and develop the site, and carry on providing new ideas and inspiration.

Having said this, we do see this work as a ministry and would not want anyone to be left out through lack of funds. If anyone is unable to afford the contribution, they can get in touch with us and we will give them a free membership.

Help! I’ve got stuck. I can’t log in, or I can’t see an idea….what do I do?

We’re sorry that you have come across something that doesn’t seem to be working. Please send us an email and we will try to sort it out for you as soon as possible. 

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What is the different between a personal membership and a group membership?

A personal membership offers you and your family access to all the ideas on the site, for 25 dollars a year, while a group membership offers all the children’s workers in your church, or the teachers at your school access to all the ideas.  

A group membership is great value at only 99 dollars a year.

How can I renew my membership?

Your membership will be automatically renewed once a year, so you don’t have to do anything.

How can I cancel my membership?

Your membership will be automatically renewed once a year. You can cancel your subscription any time up to two weeks before the renewal date by sending us an email. We will also send you a reminder four weeks before  the renewal date to give you time to decide what you want to do with your subscription.

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What stops me sharing my personal membership with others in my church so we don’t have to take out a group membership?

Technically this is of course very easy to do. However we would like to ask you not to do this as we already feel that the subscription fee already offers great value. When it comes down to it, it is a matter of conscience!

We hope that you will encourage others to take out their own personal membership, or suggest to your church that they take out a group membership.

How can I search for ideas on the site?

There are three ways to search the site: 

1) The broadest way to search is to use the categories at the top of the site. Here you can find all the ideas, or all ideas for children’s moments, or all ideas for creative prayer, all ideas for Sunday school lessons, for RE lessons, for school assemblies, for gospel magic and for creative preaching

2) A more accurate way of searching is to use the categories on the right hand side of the site. Here you will find about 30 - 50 categories to choose from. 

3) If you are looking for ideas on a specific Bible verse or person in the Bible, a theme or a word, then you can use the green 'Search engine' button on the top of the page on the right.

Why can I sometimes only see part of an idea?

Very often you will only see the first part of an idea on the site. To see the rest of the idea, you need to log in to Creative Kidswork. For this you have to take out a membership.  As soon as you are logged in, you can see the all the content.

Are there any free ideas on the site?

Yes, there certainly are!  You'll have to click on the category 'Free ideas' on the right hand side of the page.

These will give you a flavour of all the ideas you can find on the site once you become a member.