8 ideas to help kids share God’s love at school.
Crisp paper fills shiny new notebooks. Erasers are still bright pink, and pencils are sharp and ready for action. With backpacks in tow, kids shuffle into new grades and classrooms, ready to embark on a new year of academic learning.
Just weeks ago, kids in your ministry learned lifelong lessons at vacation Bible school, or maybe they made a commitment to Jesus at a campfire by the lake. The lessons kids learn at church over the summer have a lasting impact on their faith — now it’s time for kids’ faith to have an impact at school.
We’ve compiled these super-smart ideas for you to help kids show Jesus’ love throughout the school year. And as an extra bonus, we’ve included a reproducible page with back-to-school ideas for you to give to parents to help them build faith foundations at home.
1. My Hope Chest
Kids can create boxes to store their school year hopes and dreams.
Study Guide: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
School Supplies: Paper, markers, a roll of butcher paper, glue, scissors, and various decorating supplies. You’ll also need a box for each child.
Project Plan: Have kids each cover a box with butcher paper, then let them decorate and label the box, “Child’s name’s School Year Hopes.” Tell kids to write their hopes for the school year in the following categories: school, friends, family, and faith. Then have them place their hope sheets in their boxes.
Extra Credit: Have kids keep their hope boxes in your classroom. Each week, pray for their hopes for the school year. Just before school’s out for the summer, have kids open their boxes and talk about their hopes and how God helped them over the course of the school year.
2. Prayer Mark
These bookmarks are great reminders for church members to pray for kids throughout the school year.
Study Guide: Every time I think of you, I give thanks to God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy (Philippians 1:3-4).
Project Plan: Children will each need a 2×6-inch strip of card stock and a small photo of themselves. You’ll also need markers, glue, and a laminating machine.
Assignment: Have kids glue their pictures on one side of their card stock strips. Let kids decorate the borders with markers. On the opposite side, have kids print their first name, school, grade, and the Scripture. Collect the bookmarks and laminate them before the following week’s worship service.
Extra Credit: During your worship service, ask people to pick up a bookmark after the service. Ask them to commit to pray for the child on the bookmark during the school year. Encourage people throughout the year to send the children encouraging notes via your ministry. Thank the adults of your church for partnering with your children’s ministry through prayer.