3 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Children's Ministry
3 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Children’s Ministry
By Alison Zeller
The Christmas program is done. The cookies have all been eaten and the tree is put away. It’s official - the holiday season is over. Are you a little sad? a little reluctant to get back to business as usual? You’re not the only one - kids feel it, too! The excitement of Christmas is over and the grey days of winter have settled in.
But there is reason to perk up - our hope in Jesus remains the same! Jesus’ love for us has no season. The joy we have in believing lasts through all the ups and downs of the year. So rejoice and use these ideas to liven up your children’s ministry program this winter!
Host a Winter VBS
Laura McDonagh serves as the children’s ministry director at Fort Square Presbyterian Church in Quincy, Massachusetts. Four years ago, an elder at the church saw that parents in the area needed help with childcare during the local school’s winter break. They started thinking about a winter VBS and things took off from there.
“I prayed about the idea,” said Laura. “God led me to a curriculum I had designed years ago and I went with that. It’s called ‘Come Travel with Paul’ and it teaches the kids about Paul's missionary travels.”
After that year, Laura designed other themes like “Are You a Superhero?” and “Hey God, It's Me! Can We Talk?” This year’s theme is “Sheep, Sheep, Who Is Minding the Sheep?” No matter the theme, Laura always looks to CTA for affordable giveaways and teaching materials. She’s used CTA’s activity books, tote bags, and sticker activities.
Laura invites children in kindergarten through 5th grade to Fort Square’s winter VBS. Each year, the program has served nearly 30 kids, even in the winter of 2015 when the area got 10 feet of snow!
Set a new goal
Joanne Torkelson teaches the 5th and 6th grade Sunday school class at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morris, Illinois. Last year, she challenged her students to memorize the books of the Bible and recite them in front of the congregation. She wanted to reward the students after they achieved this goal and CTA’s Books of the Bible bookmark made the perfect gift.
Emphasize parent involvement
Another CTA customer knows the vital impact that parents have on the faith of their young children. That’s why she turned to CTA to find a resource that would appeal to both young kids and parents. She recently handed out the Gospel Story by Colors activity book.
“It’s a great way for parents to stay involved with their children, keeping Christ always in the center of everything they do,” she said in a review left on the CTA website.
If you’re looking for new ideas to keep kids engaged this winter, check out CTA’s children’s ministry products. Don’t miss the FREE resources, too! You’ll find event outlines, Ministry Messages, and so much more in CTA’s Res ource & Idea Center.
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