Why You Don't Need Video Games In Your Children's Ministry

I was one of the early adopters of bringing video games into children's ministry.  Back in the 90's, I lined our pre-service areas with them.

Our plan was to create a connection point for kids...and it worked for years.  Kids loved it. 

In the last few years though, we have noticed a shift taking place.  Video games are no longer a big deal when kids come to church.

Why?  Technology has brought video games to kids 24/7.  They have access to games through not only consoles, but through phones, tablets and other online sources.

We have noticed a trend among churches of all sizes.  Instead of video games, they are giving kids the opportunity to connect with leaders and other kids before the service through hands-on, participatory activities such as crafts and simple games.  Kids are looking for face-to-face connections and these simple methods are resounding with kids who are immersed in technology 24/7.

We just decided to cut back the number of video games in one of our new children's buildings to just 2.  We'll take the money instead and purchase craft supplies and other hands on games and activities.

Your turn?  Are video games still a big draw for kids at church?  What methods do you use to connect kids pre-service?  Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.