Jun 28, 2011

16 Signs Kids Love Coming To Your Church

Have you created an environment where kids love coming on weekends?  Here are some signs that they're lovin' what you're doing. These are things you will see kids doing and hear about from their parents.
  1. They wake up their parents on Sunday mornings...excited about going to church.
  2. They invite their schoolmates to come.
  3. They sing the songs from church during the week.
  4. They line up early to get in.
  5. You hear laughter in the hallways. 
  6. You see lots of smiles.
  7. They actively participate in the service/classroom.
  8. New families with kids show up and say their heard about the church from friends.
  9. They talk about a specific leader they have connected with.
  10. You can hear them singing through the walls at church.
  11. They tell their parents what they learned on the way home...without mom and dad having to ask.
  12. They get upset when they can't attend.
  13. You can feel the energy in the hallways. When kids and parents walk in, they sense something different about the atmosphere. 
  14. They answer "yes" when their parents ask if they had fun.
  15. Your attendance is growing.
  16. They keep coming back. 

How many of these are you experiencing?
What adjustments or steps do you need to make to accomplish this?
What are some other signs you would add? Would enjoy hearing your feedback in the comments section.

One of the coolest moments I've experienced in Children's Ministry happened a couple of months ago. I was walking through one of our environments and noticed that a little girl was crying. I went over to see what was wrong. With tears flowing she said, "Mom said it's time to go and I don't want to leave!"

I didn't want her to be upset, but what she said was music to my ears! That's not always kids' response and we've got a long ways to go..but we're working on it.

Posted by Dale Hudson

1 comments:

Dale, I like your list because it isn't just about liking - kids love "Chucky Cheese" Children's Ministries TODAY. However they grow out them and walk away from the church in their 20ties.

You have put into your list the key components - connecting to adults. (Which I believe is #1)

And that they are truly learning!

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