Kids’ relationships need tools, effort, and time to build. It can be challenging for your kids to build lasting friendships, though, when they may only see each other for one hour a week. But it’s relationships, especially the well-constructed ones, that draw kids to your ministry and ultimately help them experience the most important relationship of all — their relationship with Jesus.
So why not make kids’ relationships the foundation in the solid, lasting structure of your ministry? Friendships are the true nuts and bolts of what shores up your ministry. These six great ideas — all from children’s ministers just like you — give kids a blueprint to build lasting, solid relationships with other kids at your church.
This speedy experience lets kids quickly learn more about the kids in their class.
Best for: Ages 9 to 12
Tools: Chairs, a white board, erasable markers
Blueprints: Form two circles with chairs — an inner circle facing out and an outer circle facing the center. The chairs should be facing each other in pairs. Have kids each choose a chair. On “go,” kids have three minutes to ask each other the following questions (write them on the board first):
• What’s your best subject in school? your worst?
• If you could be a professional athlete, what sport would you choose?
• If you could choose anyone, who would you spend an entire day with this weekend? Why?
Every three minutes have the inner circle move clockwise and the outer circle move counterclockwise. Kids start over with a new partner and the same questions in this friendship- building game.
Gordon and Becki
West Mesa, Arizona