Decorations, in your children’s ministry space, often set the tone for first impressions, energy level, and what your guests can expect after arriving. Just like putting up the tree can make the “magic” of Christmas come to life, your decorations in your children’s ministry space can help your message “come to life” for children.

When decorating, there are several do’s and don’ts to consider. Here are a few:

DO’s

1. DO set a budget.

Before beginning to purchase decor, always set a budget. Know what you want to spend, so you don’t find yourself running short of money prior to your project’s completion.

2. DO get opinions of others.

What you like may not be what the majority finds appealing. Be sure to consult others (preferably those with good taste) when deciding what to purchase for your space. You may even want to present your ideas to a small group of children for their feedback.

3. DO shop around.

To maximize your budget, shop around for the best deals. Be sure to shop online to make certain you are getting the lowest price. Previously, I wrote a post that lists a few websites that can save you money in your children’s ministry. You can read that here.

 

DON’Ts

1. DON’T try to do everything by yourself.

This “don’t” includes designing, shopping, and actual installation of the decor. If you try to do everything yourself, you will run the risk of forgetting something, making a bad decision, and/or burning yourself out. Don’t be a lone ranger. Enlist some help from others.

2. DON’T buy without a plan.

If you have ever been shopping with a list versus shopping without one, you probably already understand this “don’t.” Beginning to shop without a plan will often times cause you to waste time browsing or to purchase merchandise that is totally unnecessary. This plan isn’t referring to specific items, but rather to broad categories (chairs, posters, paint, etc.). Figure out what broad categories you are looking for before you head to the store or online.

3. DON’T gravitate toward a particular gender.

If you aren’t careful, you may run the risk of favoring decorations that appeal to a particular gender. This usually happens unintentionally, but be sure to keep your guard up so that what you choose will capture the attention of everyone. Keep an eye out for gender-neutral colors (oranges, yellows, reds, greens, etc.).

 

What tips can you add for someone who is thinking of decorating their space? Leave your input by commenting!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

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