It's sometimes difficult to tell when the service will end and
when parents will pick up their children, so we play a game at the
end of each class that the kids know and love.
After all the toys are put away, we have kids lie on the floor
and pretend to sleep. An adult says in a loud voice, "Good night!"
and turns off the lights. The kids snore. After a few moments, the
adult says, "Good morning!" and turns on the lights. At this cue,
all the kids stand up and sing, "Rise and shine and give God the
glory, glory!" until the adult says, "Good night" again. Then the
kids yawn, lie down, and go back to "sleep." We keep playing until
the last child is picked up by his or her parents.
Rochester, New York
Excerpted from Children's Ministry Magazine.