How do you connect with the kids in your ministry who would rather doodle than listen to your stories about burning bushes, the ark, or the cross?
I was that kid. Craft time at VBS was my favorite and I LOVED when my teachers used big posters with lots of colors… and I loved it even more when I got to write or draw on the poster…and Playdoh- Playdoh is God’s gift to the creative child. It’s fabulous!
A large majority of creative people, kids included, learn by seeing things and by having a hand in them. They need a visual. Teach with posters, pictures, etc and use illustrations that they can visualize so that these kids can really connect and learn. If these kids are like I was when I was little, I thought in pictures, and still do to a large extent. I connect with pictures more than text.
Add activities like illustrating a story, painting the names of God, or building a Tower of Babel with paper. Tap into the competive nature of some of your kids by making this a race, a contest, or a group mural, and always display the art or let them take it home. Let creative kids know that you value their creativity…and encourage them to continue to develop it. Let them illustrate the story on a dry erase board as another kid reads the story and a few more act it out. When ministering to lots of different kids, lots of different types of activities are the secret weapon of success.
And BJ Hurst-Taylor got this super fun picture of Drama track time at the spot. Check out those sunglasses!
Some of you are interested in checking out CentriKid … or trying to convince the parents, the committee, or the pastor that CentriKid is the camp for your group.
We are blessed to partner with Jeff Slaughter at CentriKid Camps as he leads campers and adults in worship. We’ve just confirmed Jeff’s dates with CentriKid for next summer so we wanted to share them with everybody as soon as possible.
You can register now online for any of these weeks by clicking on the date … or you can see all the CentriKid Camps dates for 2011 by clicking the “Register for 2011” button.
Just about any game we could ever play can be used to connect kids with the Gospel! At CentriKid, as part of our “Big Kid Track” for adults, we’ll take a look at some silly games in Jeff Land’s Super Duper Fun & Exciting Absolutely Thought Igniting Bible Activities for Kids. As we play, we’ll understand a little more about how to CONNECT these silly games to Bible stories, spiritual truths, or our personal walk with God. Here are our TOP 5 for transforming a pointness game into a game with a purpose:
1. Plan ahead. Be ready with either a Bible story connection or a few Scripture references. Things won’t always go as planned, but being ready in advance will help move kids in the direction you’re leading.
2. Get their attention. Move kids away from the playing area. Keep distractions to a minimum by finding an area where its easiest for kids to focus on you and not what’s happening behind you. Visually, get on their level – kneel, sit, take off your sunglasses, make eye contact.
3. Ask questions. Lots of them! How did you feel when…? What was it like to be in that role? What did you think when…? Remember, keep these open-ended and give kids plenty of time to think and respond.
4. Go where kids go. Let them lead the conversation with their response. In asking open ended questions and digging deeper, kids can make lots of connection on their own with just some simple guidance.
5. Keep it Simple. We don’t always have to take a silly tag game and make a deep theological connection with adoption in 2 Samuel 9. At the same time, we don’t wanna miss out on biblical truths that kids bring up. Don’t overcomplicate the spiritual connection. The more kids understand, the more they’ll remember!
Look for Super Duper… in the CentriKid Camp Store this summer, and join us for Game Day in Big Kid Track at camp.
Hey, it’s Courtney here, and I’ve had so much fun checking out all the pictures from the first week of camp! There were so many great ones, here’s just a few …
Jane Clay Kephart took this picture of their group. They are certainly showing off their Bon Appetite spirit!
Leaders + Tube Socks, now that’s fun! Thanks to Kevin Hartis for sending in this photo! Their group was at Williams Baptist in Arkansas.
Tamra Wells Parker sent in this picture that I just love! It looks like they are about to have some OMC fun!
Tonya Fesler Tarbrough sent in her group picture.
Melissa Smith White sent this great picture of one of the track times praying. I love how these track leaders always bring it back to the most important part of camp, Jesus.
Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures to the CentriKid Facebook page!
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In a previous post I wrote – “I am not prone to worry, and I don’t.” My grandfather and mother have always lived by the motto, “you just take it one day at a time.” I have inherited that gift from them. I don’t worry, I simply work hard. There is no benefit to worry so don’t.
My father died two years ago today (I am writing this post on March 24, 2010) and when I ask mom how she was doing she said, “just taking it one day at a time.” My grandfather had chronic back pain that caused him to take disability at an early age. If you ask him how he was doing he would say “taking it one day at a time.” They never complain never worried they just take life as it come and trust their heavenly father will watch over them. I try to live by the same motto, I have had two great examples.
We all know people who worry about things, relationships, bills, physical issues, and the list could go on but we have the assurance that Christ will not give us anything we can’t handle. So today, and every day just take it one day at a time.
Every single game ever played has a Spiritual connection. We just have to dig it out! See my previous post for more on this. What better way to connect kids with the Gospel than thru fun, yet simple, games?!?!
Trust is easy to get, but hard to get back. Lance has some great insight on this, definitely worth the read!
Children’s ministers love to play, and need to play. Sometimes they just don’t know it. When’s the last time you ran around for fun? chased somebody? laughed really hard? learned a new game?
If you ask a kid a yes or no question, their reply will be yes. Or no. Mary previously posted on taboo words… and taboo questions. Why would we ever think that a question requiring a one-word answer would warrant an elaborate answer?
Manual labor can make a hard worker out of almost anyone.The team that works hard together appreciates each other’s hard work so much more.
Turn any task into a game or competition, and kids (or adults) will have 100% more fun. Laughter will ensue. Take, for example, the manual labor mentioned above… who EVER thought that loading a 26′ truck would become one of the most treasured aspects of camp staff? But it did!
What have YOU learned at CentriKid?