Remind volunteers of the important role they play in your kids ministry. Attach this tag to a flower seed packet as a physical reminder of the seeds of faith they are planting in the lives of children.
Billy Young joins the podcast to discuss how programming looks different as we start to look at opening our church doors again.
by Karen Jones
When I was a Kids Minister searching for a curriculum to use in my ministry, my first task was to look at a curriculum’s scope and sequence. A curriculum’s scope and sequence is simply its plan. Scope indicates the content the curriculum intends to cover. Sequence indicates the order in which the content will be covered. Looking at a curriculum’s scope and sequence will help you make a quick decision if the curriculum is worth considering for your ministry or not.
First of all, it should be clear that the curriculum is teaching the Bible. You should see specific Books of the Bible and passages covered. If that isn’t readily apparent, move on.
Once you are sure you are looking at a Bible-based curriculum, look at the parts of the Bible it covers. Does it spend ample time in both the New Testament and the Old Testament? Does it include a variety of Biblical genres? Are there Books of the Bible avoided altogether? When Paul is giving his farewell to the Epheisan elders in Acts 20, he says, “Therefore I declare to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, because I did not avoid declaring to you the whole plan of God.” I love how the ESV renders that last phrase, “the whole counsel of God.” Let’s be sure to give the children we serve “the whole counsel of God.”
Once you are satisfied with the scope of the curriculum, take a look at its sequence. How long will it take to move through the curriculum? At what age will a child who started the curriculum, finish the curriculum? How long does the curriculum spend in different Books of the Bible? More practically, what is the time span you want this curriculum to cover? If you want a six-week curriculum, a curriculum with a three-year session plan, won’t be a quick fit, but could it be adapted to work?
When I first came to Lifeway, I was impressed and encouraged by the amount of careful consideration and deliberation that goes into planning each scope and sequence for the curriculums we produce. As an editor for The Gospel Project for Kids, I know firsthand the number of hours and voices that go into our three-year chronological scope and sequence. We are careful to spend a year and a half each in the Old and New Testaments. Our three-year plan ensures that a child will hear the complete story of redemption three times: as a preschooler, younger elementary, and older elementary student.
My friends on the Bible Studies for Life Kids team are just as serious about their three year study plan. They use the Levels of Biblical Learning as their guide to make sure 10 biblical concept areas—God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Bible, Salvation, Creation, Church, People, Family, Community & World—are presented through eight different age ranges, from infancy through high school, and reflect levels of understanding that follow how God designed children to learn.
My friends on the Explore the Bible Kids team believe every kid is worthy of every Book of the Bible, not just the ones that are easiest to read. Their scope and sequence takes them through every Book of the Bible in five years. They lead kids to practice the routines and skills required to better read, know, and apply God’s Word.
What are other things you consider as you choose curriculum for your ministry?
Jeremy Carrol, Klista Storts & Tim Pollard join the podcast to discuss ways to communicate with volunteers as you get started back again.
Churches throughout the Southern Baptist Convention will celebrate children’s ministry (ages birth-preteen) on Sunday, July 19, 2020. This is a great day to thank God for the ministry to kids, their families and their volunteers your church provides. This year’s Children’s Ministry Day may look differently than in past years. Your church may be meeting online, gathering for family worship, or offering children’s classes again.
No matter how your church is meeting this summer, use this day to remind kids of their importance in the church and how they can tell others about Jesus. Take some time during the service to recognize and honor kids ministry volunteers who invest in the lives of children and their families. A variety of resources have been created for leaders to use in their church. Click here to find the downloadable items. Select and use the resources that best meet the needs of your church. How do you plan to celebrate Children’s Ministry Day in your church?
by Shelly Harris
Many families are staying at home, but that doesn’t mean that Bible learning stops. In fact as kids’ ministry leaders, we can equip parents to engage their kids in Bible learning. Here is a fun game you can provide parents to help them lead their kids’ spiritual formation.
Game Supplies: basket, honey, water, plant, stuffed animal, cotton balls/wool item, something with wheels, candle, toy boat, bread/cracker, first aid kit, a rock, a Bible
Instructions: Allow kids to search for the needed items. You may want to assign each kid specific items to find to ensure that everyone is able to participate. Then challenge family members to name Bible stories that are related to the item. Keep a count as you play to see which item had the most Bible story connections. Family members can name a Bible story more than once as long as it connects to each item.
Basket: Baby Moses, Paul Escaped Damascus, The Sermon on the Mount, Amos’ Visions
Honey: Samson, John the Baptist
Water: The Red Sea, The Parting of the Jordan River, Jesus’ Baptism, Noah
Stuffed animal: Noah, Creation, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, The Triumphal Entry, Peter and Cornelius
Plant: Creation, Baby Moses, The New Creation
Cotton balls/Wool item: The Good Shepherd, David, The Shepherds Visited Baby Jesus
Something with Wheels: Philip and the Ethiopian, Elijah and the Whirlwind, The Red Sea
Candle: The Fiery Furnace, God Led the Israelites, Elijah on Mount Carmel
Toy boat: Jesus Calmed a Storm, Jesus and the Disciples Ate Breakfast
Bread/Cracker: Passover, Jesus Fed 5000, God Provided Manna, Elijah and the Widow’s Oil
First Aid Kit: Jesus Healed Ten Lepers, Jesus Healed Blind Bartimaeus, Elisha Raised the Widow’s Son, Namaan Was Healed
Rock: Water from a Rock, Crossing the Jordan, The Temptation of Jesus, Lazarus, Jesus’ Resurrection
Discussion: Conclude the game by reminding kids of these Bible truths: The Bible helps us know more about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Bible truths never change. The Bible teaches us how to live. The Bible tells that God sent Jesus to earth because He loves all people.
Game Option: You can also play this game by naming a Bible story and leading kids to search for an item that reminds them of the story.
Klista Storts, Melita Thomas & Landry Holmes join the podcast to discuss resources and different environments to consider when doing VBS this summer.
On May 14th, our Lifeway leaders and the CentriKid Team had to make the difficult decision to cancel camps for the summer of 2020. Our top priority is the safety and health of kids, adults, staffers, and members of the communities where we hold camp. But, because our passion is partnering alongside churches to share the love of Jesus to kids through camp ministry, we asked a question …
How can CentriKid still partner with churches and be a part of kids’ summer?
We come to YOU … virtually!
Introducing: Online Mass Chaos! – A CentriKid Worship Experience
At CentriKid, we believe life-change happens in the context of relationships. While you (Group Leader, Pastor, Volunteer, Parent, Bus Driver, etc.) and our awesome CentriKid staff cannot be a part of those relationships and ministry at a physical camp this summer, relationships and ministry is made for the home.
OMC – A CentriKid Worship Experience will happen LIVE on June 16th, 2020 at 6pm CST. You can join us on our page at www.centrikid.com/online2020. It will also be available for you to use at a later time this summer with your group.
What to expect? Worship and fun! Whether you are able to meet at your church or you are still at home, everyone can participate. Through the CentriKid Worship Experience and three additional study sessions, we will dig into Mark 4 when Jesus calms the storm. Like the disciples in their storm, kids may be scared or not completely understand what is going on with the storm of this pandemic. BUT the good news is that Jesus is in control of the storm!
Alongside the three kid sessions, we will provide a parent/leader guide to help guide conversation and lead additional activities. You can access these at the link above.
Join us as we teach kids that Jesus is With Us, Cares for Us, and Rescues Us! You bring the conversation and streaming device. We’ll bring fun and worship. Together, we can have a worship experience like we’ve never done before.
The CentriKid Team is praying for your church, your community, and your kids. We are walking through this season with you and faithfully trust in the Lord and His plan. We CAN’T WAIT to high-five you at CentriKid in 2021!
Delanee Willams, Jeremy Carroll & Rhonda VanCleave join the podcast to discuss different strategies to do VBS and how to consider different policies as well.