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Kids Bible Club
Reaching Kids in Your Community ............................................................................................... 2 Off to a Good Start.......................................................................................................................... 3 Launching Your KBC ..................................................................................................................... 4 The Five S’s .................................................................................................................................... 5 Equipment ....................................................................................................................................... 6 Practical Matters ............................................................................................................................. 7 Steering your Kid’s Bible Club....................................................................................................... 8 Leading a Kid’s Bible Club ............................................................................................................ 9 Before and after Kid’s Bible Club ................................................................................................ 10 Making it Your Own..................................................................................................................... 11 Teaching Resources ...................................................................................................................... 12
sex. And he said. but to Jesus they have always been the highest priority. Let’s explore what this could look like in your neighborhood! 2 . whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Young people are maturing faster than ever before. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. drugs etc… they have to make adult life decisions while they are still young. This is why Kid’s Bible Clubs are such an important addition to our communities. Therefore. are we really “welcoming them in Jesus name” by spending only 3% of our church resources on children? Children may have been the low priority to the church. they are being exposed to adult information and experiences at a much younger age. Kids are growing up with little or no understanding of who God is or the price that Jesus paid for them on the cross. The response at the altar shows that those who are searching for truth are between 6 and 18 years old. inappropriate sexual behavior. Consider this.” The western world is quickly becoming like many unreached people groups around the world. Many young children are exposed to unstable family situations. unless you change and become like little children. with the greatest response from those between 9 and 14 years of age. Who is going to reach them if we don’t rise up to the occasion? If we don’t reach this younger generation now. you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Our cities are full of these kids.Kids Club | Training Kid’s Bible Club Training Reaching Kids in Your Community Matthew 18:16 – “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked. “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? He called a little child and had him stand among them. violence. “I tell you the truth. we face a dismal future.
plan and work together. Let your pastor and other church members know what you are doing. You can pray. Thank God for favor with the parents and families of your community 4. You can encourage each other to keep going during the challenging times and rejoice together during the good times. Pray for the kids and their families as you get to know them individually Find a Partner If possible team up with a friend and host your KBC together. Pray for spiritual insight and understanding of how to most effectively reach your community 3.Kids Club | Training Off to a Good Start Study. If you can’t find a partner to work with ask someone to “partner” with you in prayer. Pray for God’s heart towards your community and the children in it 2. The biblical principle that Jesus used in sending out his disciples in pairs to minister is the same today. There is strength and wisdom in numbers. and partnership First. it would be good to find several Christian parents from different churches who want to work together. If you plan on starting a KBC in a school. study the demographics of your community • • • • • Population How many schools How many clubs are running in your schools or neighborhood How many working moms/single moms What is the felt need in your target area The foundation of prayer 1. the other can continue the weekly meetings. When one of you has to be out of town. It is highly recommended that you find a partner in your neighborhood or from a different church. Pray specifically what your KBC should cover in the Bible 5. Maybe a close friend or relative could spiritually lift you up. prayer. Your church could be a great spiritual support in prayer. 3 .
you can identify the start of your KBC. community hall or in a park if the weather is good. a BBC usually has minimal cost to the sponsors and there are lots of materials available to you for curriculum and activity ideas through your local Christian bookstore. Our experience has shown that if it is held in a church building. We need to find out what the children relate to and speak on their level instead of Christian terminology. At this event the invitation for the new club will be given out. Publicize the BBC through your own kids. The start of the club should be the next week and no longer than two. we need to go where they are and not expect them to come to our churches. 4 . or respond to the Gospel. we don’t want to hide the fact that we are Christians. you’ll have the start of your KBC. The most efficient way to launch a KBC is to hold a “special event” like the Impact World Tour. try using a Backyard Bible Club (BBC). Using Impact World Tour If the Impact World Tour (IWT) is coming to your town you have a great opportunity to start a KBC. Remember that your KBC may be the only place or time each week that children in your community are hearing the Word of God. The best place to hold it is in a “neutral” place like a school hall. Invite kids in your neighborhood along. What an awesome responsibility! Using a Vacation Bible School If your church is sponsoring a Vacation Bible School that is also a great time to start a Kid’s Bible Club. The gospel message needs to come across. As with a Vacation Bible School. many parents will have some concerns or will not allow their children to go because they think they will become “religious”. and then as they express interest in learning more. You and your children can invite other kids to come from the community. you can advertise and emphasize the KBC as a way to grow as a Christian and continue the fun throughout the year.Kids Club | Training Launching Your KBC With Different Mechanisms If we want to reach the children in our communities. You are discipling them in the Word of God and demonstrating to them what it means to follow Jesus. Using a Backyard Bible Club If you don’t have access to a Vacation Bible School or IWT. or if you just want to bring the Gospel and the fun to your own neighborhood. When kids show interest in learning more. Once they respond to the altar call (many do) you have the beginnings of your KBC. Your KBC literally becomes their spiritual lifeline. otherwise the kids will forget about it. you can build excitement during the Backyard Bible Club for the KBC. if you would like to start a KBC at another time of year. Similar in setup to a Vacation Bible School. a Vacation Bible School or Backyard Bible Club. During the VBS. Many children don’t know what churches are about since they are not Christians yet. with flyers and invitations in your neighborhood. Jesus went where the people were and related to them in a language that they understood. or respond to the Gospel during VBS.
designed to capture their attention. These will help you make the most of your time. Schedule When choosing a day for your KBC. Remember. But most important is the heart that you put into it.g. puppets. If the kids see that you are not enjoying it or not putting the effort. pizza.). Use things like different colored nametags for each group to make the kids feel connected to each other and the leader and use a question as an icebreaker. Bible object lesson/skit/or video 4:25 – 4:30 ‐ prayer 4:30 – 5:00 – outdoor sport/game/ craft Snacks A good kid’s snack and drink is a must (cookies. It can be in the form of an object lesson.: What was your most enjoyable experience this week? Have a special time to pray together for each one of them (struggles. the first 6‐12 weeks after a BBC or the Impact World Tour should be spent teaching basic foundational truths in the Bible. ice cream. lemonade. Encourage the kids themselves to lead out in prayer. Another thing to keep on hand is Bibles available for everyone. In one of the KBC’s the leaders introduced the kids to the life of Christ through the Visual Bible’s Matthew videos. fruit salad. skit. E. There are certain components that are necessary to include when planning your KBC. etc.Kids Club | Training The Five S’s Building a Successful Kid’s Bible Club After you’ve figured out how you will get your core group of kids for the KBC. family. stick to your purpose of discipling the kids and make it fun. pictures or videos. school etc. popcorn. Saturday mornings are a good time too. Supplication/Small Groups Depending on the size of your KBC you can either pray as a whole group or divide them after the story time into small groups and pray at the end of that time. you’ll need to be sure to have a game plan for it. 5 . then they won’t either. a friend. Ask them to look up at least one scripture to get them familiar with their Bibles. etc. According to the size and type of the group you can give it at the beginning or the end of the program.). Weekly Meeting Schedule (Sample) 3:30 – 3:50 – Snack and drink 3:50 – 4:25 – kids read scriptures. in plenty of time for dinner and other evening events. If you stand up and “preach” you will “lose” them in a minute. Kids have short attention spans. Keeping the kids involved with as much “hands on” learning as possible is essential. Story time The story time should be an easily understood and interesting Bible lesson. If you have small groups make sure the same leader is there every week with the same group. first check with the kids sports schedules. It is advisable to start immediately after school and finish by 5:00.
for this was your good pleasure. Whiteboard and Markers A whiteboard is helpful in some of the teaching times. Father. Lord of heaven of and earth. you can try Bible trivia or even craft projects. which is more important than winning. especially against their friends and other peers. Father. you should count the cost before you begin and be prepared! The equipment you’ll need is minimal. If your kids came to Christ at IWT. etc. You or an older teen can oversee the chosen sport or game (basketball. You may have your own favorite sport that the Kids like to play. kickballs. Videos Some of the videos. Churches and Christian friends can be a big help in providing the materials you need. they will each look up at least one scripture and read it aloud. and often you can borrow the things. Every week. Plan activities according to what fits the kids in your KBC. Others were purchased for the purpose of using it long‐term (see the list at the end of this manual). used in KBC were borrowed from churches or friends. they are upset if they don’t get a chance to read verses out loud.” Matthew 11:2526 As with any endeavor. In fact. kickball. 6 . soccer. Equipment Being prepared “I praise you. Kids seem to forget! Sports equipment It would be helpful to have an assortment of basketballs. This is an opportunity to promote teamwork and fair play. volleyballs and soccer balls available for whatever sport you decide to play. Yes. Everything within them wants to win. they would have been given a Bible at the campaign.) When weather does not permit or if your KBC is not sport minded. Bibles for everyone (paperback New Testament) It is very important that kids start to get familiar with the Bible. because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children. volleyball.Kids Club | Training Sports Kids love competition. Having Bibles available for them is easier than asking them to bring one. which you need.
We have even found some Christian children’s videos in the public library. you will burn yourself out and eventually talk yourself out of your KBC. Christian friends. and families in your church can also be a great resource for videos. What a great way to mobilize the youth. Rules You can make your own rules as using the letters from your club name. see if you can help someone else in your neighborhood start a KBC in their home. A Teenager could organize and oversee the sports and game time. Involve your own kids Your kids can be the ones who can go door‐to‐door handing out flyers and inviting kids.: C – Care about your neighbor.g. help prepare snacks and get ready for the club to come over.” When it gets too large. They can pray for the kids. Don’t be a space invader O – Obey your leaders and don’t interrupt O – Only move if you have permission L – Let’s work together and be winners 7 . Focus on elementary age You can make exceptions. If you are having a KBC in the school you need to make sure to have enough people leading the small groups to keep the atmosphere of belonging. manageable size for a KBC at home is 10‐12. so don’t put any unnecessary burdens on yourself. You are already a busy person. but it gets more challenging to teach a wide age range. Prizes Special treats or prizes always add an incentive for group involvement and good behavior as well as adding something extra for the children. but you will need to decide on a case by case basis. Keep it small An effective. Use videos It is okay to use videos because we are living in a video generation. After that it may just become “managed chaos. they are a lifesaver! There might also be great ones out there.Kids Club | Training Practical Matters Tips and ideas for your KBC Make it fun! Keep it simple If you start planning elaborate lessons and baking time‐consuming desserts. E. It is possible to have few junior high kids. If you can’t afford to buy all those videos. If you are a busy mom and don’t have anyone else to help you (or do not feel creative in ministering to kids). find a good church library that would lend you some.
older teens or somebody from your church. For some of them it may be the first time to get a cake with candles and a gift. Stick to the basic foundational truths in God’s word. Don’t abandon the KBC or any particular child too soon. You can also get some from the Internet. answer of prayers. Birthdays Never forget a birthday! This speaks value to the child’s identity. Give them a warning and then graciously ask them to leave. Don’t give up too quickly. Steering your Kid’s Bible Club What not to do Don’t stray. This also serves as a bridge to build relationship with the parents and to get to know them better.Kids Club | Training Testimonies Kids love to hear stories and experiences from their leaders. etc. Don’t allow one or two unruly kids to ruin the atmosphere. Don’t go off on controversial doctrine. Working with kids takes perseverance and if you do persevere you will see results. Testimonies of every day experiences – temptation.” Hebrews 10:36 8 . you will receive what he has promised. Open Club Day Once a term have an open club. You can make a lasting change in a child’s life. This could be an unforgettable experience to them (no big gifts needed). listening to God’s voice – help the kids to see that being a Christian is exciting and a lifestyle (idea: Conversation/interview style is more interactive and leads easier to the point). This is the day when the parents are invited to observe and participate in the activities with the children. issues of minor importance. Don’t allow disruptions. How exciting is that! “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God. Always make sure to let them know that they are welcome back next week.
Are you a parent who wants to teach your children how to win kids to Christ and to disciple them? One of the key advantages to a Kid’s Bible Club is that it can work with your schedule and the needs of your neighborhood or community. “This all sounds great. Jesus said. ‘Let the little children come to me.” Matthew 19:1314 So you’re thinking. There may be married couples that want to do it together after working hours. 9 . Do you want to see the spiritual atmosphere of your community change? 3. Pick a time that works best for you and for the kids in your community. then you can lead a KBC! 1. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Do you love the Lord and want to see people come to Christ? 2. he went on from there. This makes it ideal for: • Stay‐at‐home moms • Home‐school moms • Working parents • Grandparents Some people ask how a working mom can start a Kid’s Bible Club in their home. but can I really do this?!” Who should lead a KBC? If you can answer yes to any of the three following questions. and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When he had placed his hands on them. Try having your KBC on a weekday evening or Saturday morning.Kids Club | Training Leading a Kid’s Bible Club The qualifications to lead “Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them.
I am not called to kids ministry. One sunny. That same summer I was watching through our front window while Kirsten was talking to two of the toughest kids in the neighborhood on our front step. and sports. It might have been little kids in our suburban neighborhood calling each other the “F” word. “I need a break from kids. snacks. As a home‐schooling mom of six. a place where kids could come and hear and be introduced to Jesus. Some come home and watch “Jerry Springer” after school. My husband travels around the globe to spread the gospel. but our own children. Collapsing in my arms I asked her. Summer backyard Bible Club with Bible object lessons. It took a whole year before my heart started to soften. I am not sure what exactly “broke” me first. KBC leader in Lee’s Summit. “What’s wrong?” Are you hurt? Did someone do something to you?” In between sobs she said. “Remember Lord. A neighborhood after school Bible Club.” I would tell him. I shared my vision with my neighbor Cindy Hill and she caught it. There just had to be some positive alternatives for these kids who seemed to have so much time on their hands. water games. Video’s.Kids Club | Training Before and after Kid’s Bible Club Changes we’ve seen in our neighborhood Testimony from Karen Anderson. “I’ve been thinking about the people who don’t know Jesus and the poor and those who don’t have homes. Missouri: ““Ministry to kids!” That was the last thought I wanted to enter my mind. Even our then 9 year old daughter Kirsten’s heart was being touched. snacks. hot summer afternoon. I home school and don’t have time to be around more kids everyday. Kirsten burst into our door sobbing. After a few minutes they both walked away with a dollar bill in their hands. Yet I just couldn’t erase those thoughts that kept coming to my mind that first hot steamy Missouri summer. our home seemed to be the center hub of activity for our neighborhood. Today we team up together every Wednesday afternoon and in the summer to host our neighborhood Bible Club.” My list of excuses swirled around my mind as I resisted what the Lord was putting on my heart. kids were something I needed a break from – not more of. Or it may have been after several intense fistfights in our back yard. Was the Lord putting this “prompting” in my heart? That first summer was a long one. Her sixteen‐year‐old son Ryan is our “Sports Director”. Who is going to help them?” It seemed God was stirring not just me to reach out more. After asking Kirsten why she gave them each a dollar (of her own money) she explained to me that because they never listen to her tell them about Jesus that the only way she could keep them still and attentive long enough is to pay them! I guess that’s one way to evangelize! The idea’s started to flow. 10 . Bible lessons. I even started resenting those little faces constantly parading to our doorstep. I started to realize that some of these kids don’t get a chance to go to church or Sunday School. I have a tough job working along side him and raising these kids. games and outdoor sports. With constant doorbell ringing.
but would have an opportunity if there was a Kid’s Bible Club in their own neighborhood or in their school. When kids do “mess up. Our neighborhood is not perfect. Hosting a neighborhood Bible club can be challenging. a ministry of Youth With A Mission. Also because of the trust that has developed. You may want to add more components to be relevant to the particular needs of the kids in your community. Impact World Tour uses cutting edge methods of sports. but yet so rewarding as you see kids receive the love of God and develop healthy relationships in the neighborhood.Kids Club | Training We have noticed a change in the spiritual environment in our neighborhood for the better. Their kids give us something to talk to them about. or economic background. extreme sports. including their parents. race.” we are able to speak into their lives and bring correction. but there is a greater sense of understanding right from wrong. my answer is a resounding Yes! Karen works with her husband Mark. all kids have the same spiritual need – that is to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. There are kids that have had little or no Bible teaching. Now when I ask myself is it worth the 1 ½ hours of my time each week and baking a plate of chocolate chip cookies to touch kids with the love of God. the parents allow us to take them to church events and even summer Bible camp. Making it Your Own Be the KBC God has called you to be No matter what nationality. There hasn’t been a fistfight for quite awhile either. who is the International Director of Impact World Tour. Our nation needs it! 11 . The love of God and the truth of His word are working in our neighborhood. We have also been able to develop relationships with the parents. There is less swearing by the kids. arts and dance to present the Gospel on 5 continents around the world. Many parents are very appreciative for the time you invest into their kids. Feel free to add your own flavor to it! Our vision is to see a movement in America where Christian families will look at their own neighborhoods as a mission field and reach out to the millions of lost kids in our nation. We recognize that in your Bible club you may want to do things differently then as suggested. We are able to encourage positive character growth and respect to their authorities.
com http://children.php http://www.com For Kids: www. And. Multnomah is the publisher and it is available at your Christian bookstore or at Amazon for ca.calvarychapel.churchonthemove.ibs. skits.com Great for children. but low cost: Lessons in PDF‐files for $5.amazon. Helpful websites to check out • • • • • http://discipleshipideas. they've just started providing some resources in Spanish.thesource4ym.co.kidssundayschool.answersingenesis.com http://www.com/WWJD‐Today‐daily‐devotions‐youth/dp/0805416889 Jesus Freaks Some KBC leaders have read the kids real life stories of persecuted Christians from around the world.duggiedugdug. Or available online as DVD sets for $80: https://www.com/site/curriculum.onewaystreet. $10: http://www.99 (Power Point): http://www.php Willie George Ministry materials and videos Some KBC kids especially love the western series of Bill Gunter. It is very easy to use and relevant to the issues kids face.metroministries.htm Kid's Sunday School Place is a great resource for Children's ministry workers.com/Preschool/index.html The WWJD One Year Devotional Book There are many hands on object lessons and stories designed for a wide range of topics in the Bible. (Cimarron Trail) Call: 1‐800‐888‐ 7856. There are many free resources.zonderkidz. stories. It is available in your Christian bookstore. games. The site provides Sunday school lessons. object lessons. You can also purchase them online for $13 each: http://www. Not for free.Kids Club | Training Teaching Resources Helpful aids and contact information Visual Bible’s Matthew and Acts videos The videos are available at Christian bookstores and offered at a discount price through the mail order Christian Book Distributors (CBD).com/store/index.org Good materials. and a good number of resources for members (to help cover costs). crafts. but with a cost: http://www.org/bibles/video/index.org www. http://www. songs & mountain of other fun activities.uk • • • • • 12 . Voice of the Martyrs published the “Jesus Freaks” book.