I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is TeamKid: Catching Air. Our Kids team helped with this post.
Wednesday nights look different for local churches than they did ten and twenty years ago. There are stories, they seem so long ago, when local communities respected Wednesday nights as “church night” and families gathered at church for Bible studies offered for all ages. While that is no longer the case, many churches still utilize some type of midweek programming to encourage and challenge the people they serve. Some churches offer discipleship courses distinct from their groups/Sunday School classes. Others utilize Wednesday nights as an option for their groups. In both cases, parents and leaders want and need something impactful for children. If discipleship opportunities are offered for adults, surely the time with the kids can be more than “childcare.” Surely the time can be utilized to shape the hearts and minds of the children in our care.
So how can midweek programming be most effective for kids? The following suggestions, provided by my friend William Summey, are created for kids pastors but can be altered to fit the needs of your student ministry or adult ministry as well.
Here are 6 ways to present a midweek program that stays relevant and effective:
1. Engage kids as soon as they arrive. Don’t leave even one second of lag time. You should have an introduction game ready before the first child walks through the door.
2. Promote active learning. Plan to include games, activities, music, and fun—all things we hear about when we think of active learning.
3. Mix up the medium in which you present the Bible content. We suggest switching between skits, videos, and storytelling. You’ll keep kids absorbed in the lesson and drive the message deep as you appeal to different learning styles.
4. Teach content that matters. Compose each session with Bible stories, memory verses, and missions. Don’t sacrifice content for fun.
5. Send home resources for parents and kids to go deeper during the week.
6. Don’t forget the snacks!
It’s a long time between Sundays. Kids encounter stresses and school lessons throughout the day, but that doesn’t mean they are incapable of consuming more Bible knowledge if it’s presented appropriately. Expect shorter attention spans, restlessness, and difficulty focusing on weeknights, but don’t give up. Use the tips above and face the obstacles head on.
LifeWay’s TeamKID: Catching Air is a brand-new resource that leads to an amazing midweek experience full of Scripture, missions, and fun. The content was developed to complement the Disciples Path curriculum. The 36 sessions of TeamKID: Catching Air naturally fit Disciples Path‘s 6 books/topics.