In children’s ministry, as with anything, time is our greatest asset. Have you ever felt like the time children spend sitting and waiting for an event to begin is somewhat wasted?
We recently noticed this happening before our kids’ large group worship service. Parents would bring their children into our large group area and leave them for a time of kid-friendly games, music, and Bible study. Because it took time for families to check their children in to our child check-in software, we were unable to begin our large group worship until about five to ten minutes after the adult worship service had begun. By this time, children who had arrived early became tired of waiting and resorted to either misbehaving or just became extremely bored.
This past Sunday, we began offering a time of games and fun for children, while they waited on our worship service to begin. During this time, we played a review game of the previous weeks’ Bible stories and made it a contest between girls and boys. Our goal was to keep kids energized and engaged, even while they were waiting for us to begin. It ended up being highly successful.
In the future, during this time, we plan to play review games, ask “get-to-know-you” or “would you rather” questions, and conduct fun surveys and polls among the children.
Here are a few resources you could use in a situation like this to help make your “wasted time” more productive (click any of the resources to view the item online):
What events and activities can you think of where there seems to be some time wasted? How can you better use the time you have with kids, instead of wasting it? Do you have any other ideas for using time, such as this, wisely? I would love to read your comments!