Many people will volunteer to help, but they don't understand
what kind of help is needed or what kids enjoy. So I've developed a
notebook for these people to look through for help.
The notebook is filled with clippings from magazines, including
Children's Ministry Magazine. I include Bible stories and
object lessons that've worked well with kids, crafts that are tried
and true, games, articles that've encouraged me, and a variety of
ideas that've worked in different situations. Volunteers get proven
materials that may even inspire other great ideas.
I simply keep a three-ring binder full of clear sheet
protectors. Other people also cut out articles and photocopy ideas
for the notebook.
Although helpful to volunteers, this has been a lifesaver for me
when I'm asked to pull off an on-the-spot activity for kids.