Jan 4
2011

Big Faith for Little Kids

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We live by what we believe, not by what we can see. – 2 Cor. 5:7


How much faith does your role in Children’s Ministry require? Can you do it on the steam of your own talent, ability and effort or are you out on a limb depending on God to come through? If the answer is the first one, it’s time to ask God for something big. Ask Him to stretch you this year with the kids in a way that pushes the boundaries of your faith. Don’t settle for doing things the way you’ve always done them. When it comes to ministering by faith, it’s time to go big or go home.

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Jan 4
2011

Entrances

Posted in: Programming

They say you never get another chance to make a first impression. Nowhere is this more true than when you step onto a stage in front of an audience. And if that audience is full of kids, you’d better get it right because their precious attention span is too valuable to lose because you botched an entrance.

For staff or volunteers on stage in a CM environment entrances are a big deal. They can either set the tone or break the flow of the Large Group program. The entrance should always match the energy level of the program. If you’re trying to create a big, fun moment, explode onto the stage with a bundle of energy. If you’re transitioning out of a video clip, you may want to quietly slip onto stage as the clip is winding down so that you don’t distract the kids from the video. Here are a few tips to help make a perfect entrance on a CM stage.

1. Almost never enter from the audience. It looks sloppy, like you just don’t care. The only exception to this rule is a preplanned entrance by actors planted in the audience or several dancers rushing the stage to create excitement. Unless you have a great reason for it, avoid entering from the audience at all costs. That’s why people invented backstage doors.

2. Whether it’s just one person or multiple peeps, everyone needs to know exactly where they’re going, how they’re going to get there & what else will be happening on the stage. Like planes approaching an airport everyone needs a clear flight plan to avoid crashing.

3. Not only do you need to know where you’re going, you need to know when to go. Don’t blow a powerful moment by coming out too early or create dead space by entering too late.

4. If multiple people are entering, they should enter in a consistent way. There’s nothing that looks worse than one bubbly leader running onto stage while her partner wanders out casually like she just woke up.

5. Think about what is right before you in the service and what you’ll be doing once you get on stage. What energy level would be the most appropriate here?

6. Whatever you do, just be intentional & make sure you’re entering to create an effect on the kids.
As with every aspect of the Large Group program, be prepared and think it through before you do it.

Remember that the best entrances won’t be memorable because they will blend seamlessly with the rest of the program. Good luck!

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Jan 3
2011

All For One

Posted in: Groups, Programming, Vision

Several years ago Christy and were at the Magic Kingdom watching the 9:00 P.M. “Electric Parade”. It was crazy trying to push through the sea of people just to catch a glimpse of the action. Soon after the parade was over, though, a thunderstorm drenched the place sending everyone packing. It seemed like every family cleared out but us. We had absolutely no lines and got to stay on some of the big attractions and ride them over and over again.

So cool.

At the end of the night we heard the parade music as we made our way out of the park. It was the 11:00 parade, the final show of the night. As we stepped off of Splash Mountain we ran right into the procession, but this time we didn’t have to fight the crowd for a place to watch.

We were the crowd.

We stood on the sidewalk with five or six other people as the performers moved down street, all of them interacting with us.

Even though there were only a handful of people, the Disney cast members went all out just as they done two hours earlier when the place was packed. It felt pretty cool having this spectacular parade just for us. I got the feeling that it wouldn’t have been any different even if I’d been the only person in the park.

All for one.

As amazing as my Disney experience was, it pales in comparison to what God has done on the cross to show my value to Him. Yes, Jesus died on the cross for the crowd, but He also did it just for me. He did it just for you.

All for one.

Each weekend as we go into Children’s Ministry it’s easy just to see a crowd, but we need to develop the vision that God uses to see each of us as His precious, individual children. Every kid who walks through the doors of the church has a unique situation, fears, hurts and challenges.

Would we go to all the trouble we do to prepare worship, lessons and supplies for just one of them? God would. Remember the story of the lost sheep? The shepherd left the 99 behind to seek out the one who needed Him most.

He did it all of for one.

So here’s my challenge for each of us:

1. If you show up and there’s a crowd, ask God to show you one kid who needs some extra love and attention. Don’t let them just become a number. Don’t let them be anonymous. Be the good shepherd and seek them out. Take the time for one.

2. If you show up and the place is almost empty, ask God to help you go all out for the few who are there. Don’t just go through the motions because you don’t think there are enough kids in the room to make it worth your trouble. “Whatever you did for the least of these,” Jesus said, “you did for me.”

It’s so easy to lose sight of the fact that each child matters to God, that He never sees just a crowd but individual, unique creations for whom He gladly gave His all.

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