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Special Section: Take On the World

 

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
walls.

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
ministry area.

          
Read

READ ME A
STORY

Kids who love to read can share that love while serving younger
kids with this idea. Invite older kids in your children’s ministry
to read a children’s Bible aloud to younger children in your
nursery or preschool program.

Preparing: If your children’s ministry has a
library, provide the Bibles. If not, invite kids to bring theirs
from home to share or create a wish list where parents can purchase
a Bible to donate to a reading library. Any children’s Bible with
great illustrations will work, especially if there’s a connection
to the Bible lesson younger kids are learning. Kids can choose
which Bible story to read, no more than five minutes each. Coach
readers to point out illustrations as they read, speak clearly and
with enthusiasm, share their favorite parts of each situation, and
invite little ones to share their favorite parts, too. Give readers
opportunities to practice with each other before they read to their
audience.

Sharing: Set up a time for your readers to join
the younger kids. You may opt for one special reading day, or a set
amount of time over several weeks for kids to read together. Let
your readers introduce themselves to the little ones and say what
they love best about reading. Then let them dive in to the Bible.
Close each reading session with a prayer of thanks for God’s
Word.

You’ll be amazed by the results — not only by the great events
kids explore together, but by their budding relationships, growing
self-esteem, and pure enjoyment of reading and sharing God’s
Word.

CARE CORNER FOR
KIDS

Kids have a knack for reaching out to one another like no one
else. So let them take the lead when it comes to connecting with
friends who are sick, hurting, or absent.

Preparing: Create a Care Corner in your room,
stocked with paper, pens and pencils, stickers, and stamps. Display
2 Corinthians 1:3 (“All praise to God, the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the
source of all comfort”) on a poster to remind kids of God’s
compassion.

Sharing: Each week, encourage kids to use a bit
of their free time to write a note to someone they know who could
use some compassion. For a child who’s absent, sick, sad, or
otherwise hurting, a personal note can make all the difference.
Encourage kids to include people they know inside and outside of
church.

When a child is absent, have kids collectively sign a card saying
they missed the child. Let the child know the topic and the main
point, include any take-home papers or information, and then have
kids address the envelope and return it to you to mail.


     


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