Oct 22, 2013

20 Signs Your Children's Ministry Facility Needs a Makeover

The carpet is the original carpet...and the building is over 50 years old.

Stain-glassed windows.

The brightest thing in the room is the teacher's hair bow.

Beige metal folding chairs.  Nuff said about that.

Bulletin boards that look like they were stolen from a school classroom.

You can hear the adult Bible study classes above you because you're stuck in the basement.

Wood paneling that was put up in 1967.

Kids who are first-time guests are frightened because they think they're in a hospital.

Your nursery cribs are in compliance with all safety regulations...before 1955.

You have theming on the walls that was hand-painted by someone in your church who is obviously not a professional artist.

An overhead projector with a transparency that says "Father Abraham" is the best technology in the room.

There's a flannel-graph board sitting in a prominent place.

The only way guests can find your children's area is by following the smell of dirty diapers.

The ceiling tiles have so many water stain spots that it takes an hour to count them.

The paint on the walls is so old that it has been in style...3 times.

You wouldn't know it was the children's area unless someone told you.

Your congregation primarily consists of people over the age of 60.

Your preschool toys consist of a Curious George pop out of the box, Weeble Wobbles, Fisher Price little people family farm that says "moo" when you open the barn door, corn popper push toy, Fisher Price little people school bus, a Stretch Armstrong, and a Cabbage Patch doll that's missing half it's hair.

There are Bibleman VHS tapes on the shelves.

Kids eyes don't light up when they walk in.

If this is you and you're ready for a makeover, I recommend...

www.wackyworld.tv
www.littlemountainproductions.com
www.worldsofwow.com
www.creativeforkids.com
www.jonathanmartincreative.com

Money spent enhancing your children's ministry area is one of the best investments your church will ever make.

12 comments:

Say what you want about flannel graphs, kids still love it. It's different. They don't see it often. :)

Bibleman! That is a great blast from the past!

Bibleman was the man back in the day. We had him come in and do a live show. It was awesome.

Flannelgraph...now that's some timeless visual communication for kids. I'm sure it would still hold their attention. God bless you Angel. Thank you for your heart for communicating God's Word to kids.

Or you could focus on loving kids and teaching them God's word and not focusing on spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to compete with mega church ministries that have hundreds of children slipping through the cracks and not really being discipled.

Working on a remodel right now w/ little mountain productions. So far going really well. When I first got here we qualified in about half the above statements. We are slowly but surely working our way out thanks to the hard work of our people and the help of little mountain. I would add one...The walls are one color on the top, and another color on the bottom due to all the unwashed hand oil stains. That is our case cause no one has painted in 22 years, but room by room this is changing for us.

Anyone want to respond to the comment above about kids slipping thru the cracks?

Kids can slip through the cracks anywhere- especially when parents do not take an active roll in their children's spiritual health. The job of children's ministry should be to assist parents, not do the job for them. If your kids area looks old, dirty and out of date why would any kid want to go through the door in the first place. You don't need to spends hundreds of thousands, you just need to do the absolute best with the resources you have. The kids spaced should not be an after thought full of left over hand me downs that nobody else wanted. If the children in your church have value, the space should reflect that. It is mean spirited and not factual to say that a church that has an awesome kids space does not love and care for the kids that come every week. Kids slip through the cracks because too often the only time they hear about Jesus in for an hour once a week. It's the home and family that bears the majority of the responsibility, not the church.

This post is meant to be about taking care of your facilities and making them attractional. No matter what you do to your facilities, it will not help you with kids slipping through the cracks. Healthy systems must be in place and devoted ministry partners (kidmin volunteers) in order to catch the kids slipping through the cracks.

You could be in a church of 100 people and still have a higher percentage of kids slip through the cracks than a megachurch. The difference is larger churches simply have more kids coming. Kids could slip through anywhere, we need to recognize this. It is up to every church to assure proper connection and follow-up.

This is a great post and a great reminder that the way we present our facilities speaks volumes to every parent and child that walks through the doors.

We recently renovated and updated our kids ministry area in our church. As our pastor puts it, "it looks like we quit caring 40 years ago." We came to our church a couple years prior, and as a parent, that sentiment crossed my mind as well.

So upgrade your facility, even small things like keeping the rooms tidy, getting stains off the floor, or even a fresh coat of paint. Or if you have the budget, invest in more attractional d├ęcor from a great kidmin design company. These steps will show your visiting families that your church cares about them. Then put healthy systems into place to ensure that kids don't fall through the cracks.

I think the key is working with what God has blessed you with. Maybe you cannot afford to paint your classroom, but you could take the kids outside for a lesson to admire Gods beautiful creation! When I was a kid my family didn't have a lot of money, but I never noticed 1. Because my mom was very creative and 2. Because our home never lacked in love. I think we can apply this to every Childrens Ministry no matter how the financial situation looks, if we love children sincerely their eyes will light up when they enter the classroom and see their teacher and if we can get a little creative the kids won't notice what they don't have, but they will value what they DO have :)

Great insight Candy. So true. Thanks for sharing.

It's amazing what a little paint can do to transform a room; just like it was said in an earlier post, a little creativity is all you need. I try to imagine if Jesus were physically here, teaching these children in this church, exactly what would this ministry look like? The children would definitely feel loved. I try to emulate that love by making a warm environment that says they are welcome and we want them here, and then make sure the message I teach and the activities we do will leave them with their cup overflowing, so to speak.

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