As children's ministry leaders we want our ministry to be welcoming to all children. We strive to create a safe, fun enviroment where all children can learn about God and build their own relationship with him. A friend, Susan Stroebel shared this with me, Resource Guide to Autism it is designed as a tool kit specifically for friends of families affected by autism. I hope you find it as helpful as I did.
We are excited to announce, 3 NEW Facebook Groups.
Exceptional Families - for parents of children with Special Needs. (click Exceptional Families)
Forever Families - for parents who have or want to adopt (click Forever Families)
Kingdom Kids Leaders - for disciples who are coordinating a children's ministries and want to connect with other leaders around the world. (click DTKingdomKids)
Family devotionals can become a very important part of building faith in our family. They help parents and children alike!
Come join us Saturday afternoon at Reach2016 for Kingdom Kids Leaders Workshop for Children's Ministry Leadership, Forever Families and Exceptional Families for Parents.
It is not always how much you read, but what you read and how it impacts your heart and daily walk with God.
The Mobile Children’s Ministry
Are you running a children’s ministry out of tubs - loading and unloading your car every week? While it may not be ideal, it is what many churches are doing.
We have tried several things over the years, here are ideas we have found helpful:
- Organize, organize, organize – it will make it easier for everyone!
- Color code the tubs by age group for easy sorting.
- Don’t carry more than you have to. Before teaching, spend some time putting all the supplies into oversize zip-lock bags and label them by the lesson number and week. Then pull out the toys that correlate to your current lesson and perhaps a few extra.
- Sort the toys into centers: building toys, creative toys, books, puzzles, this way you can pull out exactly what you need to create several centers.
- Keep one tub filled with teacher supplies: crayons, scissors, tissues, tape etc. We have used toolboxes on wheels in the past.
- Use colored masking tape to mark out centers on the floor instead of carrying around rugs for older children.
- Find folding, kid-sized tables and chairs for younger classes (Walmart), rugs and mats for the infant and toddler classes.
- Get assistance from others who are not teaching. They can help unload cars and put up signs.
- Flatbed carts from Costco can help with transporting multiple tubs.
- Ask the facility if you can keep a storage container onsite. For example, one school we met in allowed us to keep ours in the back of the facility next to their supplies.
- Leave thank you notes and gift cards for teachers – if you meet at a school. One teacher emptied out a cupboard in her classroom and allowed us to leave some supplies in it.
- Remember that your hard work and planning are helping children learn about God and build relationships with him.