16 Inspiring ways for kids to
live out Acts 1:8 as they minister to other kids --
next door or a world away.
If you've worked with kids, you know that boundaries and borders
aren't barriers for them. Children have the amazing ability to
overcome obstacles when it comes to ministering to fellow children
-- whether they're in need next door or across the globe. Challenge
the kids in your ministry to take on the world while they make a
big difference in other kids' lives -- near and far.
Close to Home
Some needs are as close as the Sunday school room next door. Here
are ideas kids can use to make a difference within your church
THE CONNECTION POINT
Being brand new to church can be intimidating -- especially for
kids. As families walk into your church, adults are almost always
there to shake hands and greet other adults, but kids are often
bypassed or overlooked. So train your kids specifically to connect
with other kids.
Preparing: Have your kids set up a welcome table
in your church's entry that's colorfully decorated with images from
recent children's ministry events, small group and class names, and
your ministry's logo and tagline. Provide printed, kid-friendly
information about your ministry for distribution; and prep kids
with friendly conversation starters such as, "What's your school
like?" or, "What's your favorite TV show?"
Sharing: Each week, have two or three kids rotate
serving at the connection point, where their job is to greet all
kids who come in-whether regulars or visitors. Teach kids to greet
those they know by name and approach those they don't with a smile.
Encourage greeters to ask other kids their names and to introduce
themselves. Greeters can give visiting kids a small gift from your
ministry, such as a zipper pull or button (which can also be a
great visual signal to your ministry team that you have a guest)
and then walk with kids and their families to the appropriate