Who doesn't love games? Kids are born with a
natural sense of playfulness, and we can harness that energy in our
ministries. Game time isn't something to tack on to the end of your
lessons as a time filler. By incorporating meaningful games into
your ministry, you can not only reach kids in new ways, but you can
also shake off any notion that church is a boring, school-like
place. You help kids discover that church is a place for discovery,
fellowship, and God-centered fun.
To help get a better idea of how to take games
in your ministry to the next level, I talked with Toby Rowe,
Mission Program Manager for Group Mission Trips and Simply Youth Ministry, and Toby was also the
presenter of KidMin's Extrava-GAME-za workshop. I've asked
him to share a few of his tips from his workshop. Here are three
tips from Toby for great games in your ministry!
- All Play. "Get everyone moving," says Toby.
"Avoid games that only involve a few kids coming up front. Figure
out a way for everyone to play."
- Keep it Simple. "Kids want to learn new
games," says Toby, "but they enjoy them the most when they are easy
to play and don't involve a million complicated rules."
- Join In. "Kids love games when adults play
with them," says Toby.
If you're looking for simple, but amazing
games for your ministry, you have to check out The Giant Book of Games for Children's
Ministry. I asked Toby for a resource and this is the book he
recommended. "I think it has the best, most fun, least-complicated
games that can get groups from small to giant involved," says Toby.
"And, it's broken down into younger and older ages, which I like,
What games do you like to play with your kids?
Let us know in the comment section below!