Beating the Midwinter Doldrums



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Theme ideas to turn up the heat when your ministry
cools off…

It’s that time of the year. The skies are gray, the air is cold,
and kids would rather be home sleeping. How can you stoke the fire
in your program to make church attendance irresistible? Revitalize
your winter children’s ministry program with one of these theme

Kids love camp. Use these ideas to make your camp-o-rama

• Let your kids select the camp theme and name. Encourage kids to
make the name fun and spiritual. How about Bibleland Camp or Jesus
and Me Camp?

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• Have kids bring plain T-shirts. You supply the fabric paint, and
kids make camp shirts. Use fine-tipped permanent markers for
campers to sign each other’s shirts.

• Decorate each classroom with your camping theme. Bring in tents
and gear. Use sleeping bags for story time, flashlights for
in-the-dark games, and binoculars for a better view into God’s

• Have parents take turns providing campy snacks such as
S’mores, granola bars, trail mix, or mini hot dogs for each class
or your entire program. Set up a mess hall for snacktime.
• Invite parents to send “mail” to their children at camp.
Much-appreciated letters and care packages can be dropped off at
the church office. Ask church members to send care packages you can
use as backups for kids who don’t receive anything.

• In a large room, set up tents with theme-related activities. For
example, if your theme is the Fruit of the Spirit, have separate
tents that offer a game, craft, or discussion that helps kids
remember each “fruit.”

• For a camp mission project, have kids donate money to send a
needy child to summer camp. Royal Family Kids’ Camps provides camps
for children who’ve been abused. Call (714) 548-6828 for more

• Finish your camp with a parents’ program to show parents all the
great things their kids learned at camp.

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