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Discipling Kids: Resources During COVID-19

There are a lot of changes in the little lives of our children right now. While there are so many things shifting in their routines, we don’t want discipleship to be one of them. At Impact, one of the greatest joys of serving in our kids ministry is watching kids grow, not only in their knowledge about the Bible, but in their love for God. We believe parents are the chief disciplemakers of their homes, and we want to equip you with a truck-load of resources from Church Marketing University to continue nurturing those hearts’ affection for the Lord. Though this is an unusual season, we pray it will be a fruitful period in the lives of your kids.

Before you delve into this massive list, I have a quick note. As a parent myself, I know the abundance of resources can be overwhelming. If you’re just starting to disciple your kids at home, I’d suggest carving out a designated time to do a simple family devotional time. I got a lot of help by reading this article, 5 Tips for Establishing a Devotional Routine with Your Toddler, and would encourage you to take what works for your family and make it a daily habit. For our family, this looks like “Time with God” (which is just easier to explain to kids than saying “devotionals”). We read a Bible story, ask a few discussion questions that involve reading, observing, interpreting and applying the story, pray, then review Bible verses. It’s not always pretty, but it’s a habit now, and the kids expect it every day before we sit down for lunch together.

That being said, I’d like to share a few resources.

Kids Ministry Digital Services
The first are digital experiences. What, you ask, is a digital experience? Imagine your family in an auditorium, listening to engaging kids ministry speakers go through a bible story/lesson, songs, church updates, and other items for about ten minutes.

Quarantine Kids Ministry Ideas
Stuck at home? Here are some things to do to encourage your kids’ walks with the Lord:

  • Use Christian digital devotionals:
  • Listen to a kid-friendly podcast. We like one called WeWonder.
  • Challenge kids to memorize one Bible verse per day together.  Here are some short, impactful verses to get you started:
    • 2 Corinthians 5:7
    • Luke 11:9
    • Hebrews 11:1
    • 1 John 4:19
    • Luke 1:37
    • 1 Corinthians 10:31
    • James 1:22
    • Psalm 34:18
    • Hebrews 2:18
    • Proverbs 30:5
    • Psalm 46:1

Family Activities:

  • Make a fast-paced worship playlist on Youtube or Spotify to have dance parties that get the wiggles out!
  • Challenge other families to a virtual bake-off or cook-off and encourage everyone to post pictures on social media and tag Impact!
  • Create a post challenging other families to an impromptu scavenger hunt.  Tell them to try to count as many green things as they can in their house for the next 10 minutes. They can post their results in the comments, and the family with the most wins a (digital) gift card!
  • Paint rocks with encouraging messages & Bible verses on them.  When the outbreak it over, you can hide them around your city for people to find.
  • Bible Verses Review: Find some balloons, blow them up, and try to keep as many of them as you can from touching the ground. The person who lets the balloon hit the ground first has to recite the Bible verse.
  • Parents can follow Cross Formed Kids and subscribe to their email list for ideas of things to do with their kids to help form their faith.
  • Challenge families with older kids to learn a new skill together.  Then, start dreaming up ways to let them practice their newfound skills at church!  Here are some ideas to get started:
    • Learn to code (Khan academy has great, kid-friendly resources on this)
    • Learn Photography (You could even use resources like this to create a 10-day photography challenge for families to complete online)
    • Learn graphic design.  If your church already subscribes to the Adobe Creative Suite, let people log on and create graphics for Mother’s Day or other upcoming events!  If not, you can get them started using Canva (or subscribe to Adobe at a steeply discounted rate via TechSoup). 

Kids Curriculum 

  • Life.Church
  • Orange Kids
    • Although Orange itself is not free, you can check out this article, which links to several free resources for churches helping parents navigate this time with their kids. 
  • Lifeway
    • You can have your parents register for their weekly lessons and activity packages during the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Saddleback Kids:
  • Children’s Ministry Lessons:
  • Youth Ministry:
    • You can find free social media posts, lesson plans,  and other resources for preschool through high school here.

Keep in mind that you don’t have the license to broadcast these videos.  You can, however, post or send parents a link to the video you’ll be using, then go live on your Facebook page, in a group, or on a zoom call to sing, discuss the lesson, and otherwise interact with the kids.

Additional Help:

  • “Are Your Cooped-Up Kids’ Religious Questions Stumping You?” 
    • Have Kids’ Ministry leaders collect kids’ religious questions via social for a few days. At the end of the week, have a church elder (and their own kids) answer the questions in a live or taped video. You can watch the video with your kids. 
  • Sermonary:
    • If you want to keep things totally in-house but need a little help crafting a children’s sermon, you can try Sermonary for free for your first month.  They’ve included a built-in children’s sermon template to help you organize your thoughts in a way that’s engaging to kids. https://sermonary.co/

I hope this was helpful to you! If you have any questions, comments, or additional ideas, drop us a comment below! We love you, miss you, and are praying for your during this season.