Fun Kids Discipline Chart
by Joanne Allsup
We divided our kids into color groups
(Red, Green, Purple, Blue) then drew large dogs outlined in those
colors. As the children from each group say memory verses, make
appropriate choices, answer question etc., they earn
"spots" for their group color dogs. The first team to fill
their "Dog" with "Spots" wins a prize or special
activity. Teams are highly motivated to have a very spotted dog!
Thinking Outside The Box With Bus
by Randy Christensen
While in Bismarck, ND we found
that non-churched bus kids lived in a totally different culture than
our churched kids. During worship, the bus kids would spit on the
church kids who were entering into worship, etc.
We finally realized that we were trying to shove square pegs into
round holes. We needed to create a square space for those bus kids.
We stopped busing on Sundays and began a bus kids service on
Saturday. Immediately, we saw our numbers increase and the tension
level lower. Our bus ministry Saturday grew to be a higher
attendance than our Sunday morning church service for kids. Hundreds
of children generally accepted Christ as their savior on Saturdays,
and Sunday became an effective equipping and edifying time for our
regularly attending families. It was simply the difference between
evangelism outreach and intensive discipleship. Different people are
at different levels, and we need to make the adjustments to meet
them where they are at.
I have heard of another church that simply ran a bus kids service
during the same time as a church kids service (but in different
locations in the facility.)
I think either way is effective. As a veteran, I'd say that you
cannot force two cultures to synthesize in the short amount of time
that you have with those children on a weekly basis. It's time to
find a way to divide and conquer.
Clothes Pins With Purpose
by Nita Watson, Biblena
One thing that I learned from,
a Children's Pastor who trained me up, Pastor Joe Bruce, was to
number clothes pins (1-10 in purple, 1-10 in green, etc...). Give
every child one clothespin. Make up a spinning wheel of the same
colors and numbers. Now have 4 Secret Prize bags on hand, you could
put in baseball cards but I use Bible cards available at Wal-Mart,
candy, pencils, and such. If the child misbehaves they loose their
clothes pin, loosing out on any chance they have to win that prize
at the end of the day. The first time you use the pins give the
children 2 chances to correct themselves, and on the second chance
pull the clothes pin. When they see their friends winning great
prizes, they'll start to behave. It usually only takes a few weeks
for them to improve.