Posts Tagged “Children’s Ministry Ideas”
Isn’t this the cutest snack idea you’ve ever seen?!
To be honest, I’m pretty sure that this was originally created for a baby shower spread, but you could easily recreate it and use it to reinforce a Bible lesson on baby Moses or the birth of Jesus!
To recreate this healthy and delicious edible object lesson, keep the following steps in mind:
1. Cut the basket shape out of a long watermelon.
2. Use a melon baller to hollow out the watermelon. Set watermelon balls aside in a separate dish.
3. Cut a cantaloupe in half. Scoop out the seeds from both halves, but carve the fruit out of only one half. This will serve as the baby’s face.
4. Using the melon baller, scoop out cantaloupe balls from the second half. Set aside.
5. Place the baby’s head in the back of the basket. Cut a red grape in half and use for the eyes. Use left over cantaloupe balls for the nose and ears. Secure the eyes, ears, and nose with a toothpick.
6. Take an old baby pacifier and put it in place of a mouth.
Lastly, fill the rest of the watermelon basket with the left over melon balls and other fruit!
Remember: Always wash fruit thoroughly, and be aware of any food allergies among the kids you teach!
One of my favourite Christmas traditions as a kid was receiving my chocolate advent calendar! The season of advent is a perfect opportunity for parents to start a new traditions with their children.
Instead of using a chocolate advent calendar to countdown the days until Christmas, however, consider creating your own customized family advent calendar in which each day yields a fun family activity suitable for the Christmas time! This is a great way for parents to spend some extra time with their kids creating memories and providing spiritual insight into the Christmas season.
This Children’s Ministry idea was inspired by a Montessori learning activity which teaches about the seven continents of the world. The idea behind the activity was that students could choose a continent box containing a variety of reading materials, hands-on activities, and artifacts connected with a specific continent.
The same idea could be used in Children’s Ministry to explore Bible stories or Bible characters. Boxes could be labelled according to significant Bible characters and filled with pictures, games, activities, Scripture verses, and background information on those specific biblical characters. Would be a great welcome or arrival activity to use in your classroom or small group as you wait for all of the students to arrive!
With Christmas only a few weeks away, a typical Children’s Pastor starts to think about appropriate teacher and volunteer appreciation gifts.
Why not consider giving each teacher or volunteer a personal and lasting gift from a child within your Children’s Ministry such as a potted plant with a small note saying, “Thank you for helping me grow this year!” You can have each student sign one note and assign the plants to teachers or volunteers accordingly.
Especially if you live in Canada, a potted plant received in the middle of a cold winter season will no doubt add a touch of warmth to both the heart and home of your invaluable Children’s Ministry volunteers!
Keep in mind, however, if a volunteer is anything like me and lacks a green thumb, the plant may not stand a chance of survival…!
A great way to raise extra budget dollars for your Children’s Ministry – especially around Christmas time – is to sell simple cookie jar mixes to folks in your congregation. These aesthetically pleasing cookie jar mixes are a great Christmas gift for friends, neighbours, dinner hosts, and school teachers!
What You’ll Need:
- Quart-size canning jars with lids
- Simple cookie jar recipes printed on cardstock
- Cookie mix ingredients purchased in bulk (see recipes)
- Decorative ribbons or fabric
- Cookie jar order forms
- Masking tape and permanent marker
What You’ll Need to Say and Do:
Choose three or four cookie jar recipes and establish a cost for each cookie jar mix. Create an order form for families to fill out or to distribute to friends and neighbours who may also want to place cookie jar mix orders. A few weeks after distributing the order forms, collect the orders and money.
Using some of the money collected, purchase the ingredients and supplies you will need to create the cookie jar mixes. Be sure to tie a decorative ribbon around each jar to which you also attach the corresponding recipe card.
Once all of the cookie jar mixes have been created, place a small piece of masking tape on the top of the jar on which you write the first and last name of the family who ordered each jar. (The masking tape can easily be removed upon successful distribution!) Distribute the cookie jars for two or three weeks prior to Christmas to allow enough time for people to prepare their cookie jar mix gifts for their friends and loved ones.
If you were thrifty in how you purchased ingredients and supplies, and if you thoughtfully priced your cookie jar mixes accordingly, you should be able to make a descent profit to add to your Children’s Ministry budget!
Whenever I share my volunteer workshop on “Effective Teaching Methods for Children’s Ministry“, I always love to watch the eyes of volunteer teachers and leaders widen as I challenge them to use snacks as a teaching tool.
These rainbow cupcakes are a great example of how you can reiterate the Bible story of Noah’s Ark, while at the same time, provide your kids with a decadent snack!
What You’ll Need:
Peanut-free cupcakes in a variety of flavours; undecorated
Plastic or reusable cups
Plastic knives or spoons (depending on age of the students)
Blue cake icing
White cake icing in a disposable pastry bag
Rainbow belt candy
What You’ll Need to Say and Do:
Bring the undecorated cupcakes with you to class. Hand each child a cup half-full of blue icing and ask the students why God asked Noah to build an ark. After receiving the correct answer, encourage the kids to spread the blue icing on their cupcake to represent the flood that was created by the 40 days of rain.
Continue the activity by asking the kids what God promised Noah and all of man-kind after the flood waters receded. Furthermore, ask the students what symbol God placed in the sky to serve as a reminder of His promise to never again allow the flood waters to destroy life on earth. After a brief discussion, visit each child with the white icing in a disposable pastry bag, and pipe two “clouds” on opposite sides of each cupcake. Then allow the students to mount their rainbow belt in the white icing clouds you provided.
Once each child has created their rainbow cupcake, encourage them to dig in! A delicious way to relive the story of Noah’s ark!