So you’re planning on doing church with your littles? Let me congratulate you and also wish you luck and also offer you this giant alcoholic beverage. Just kidding on that last one, but when dealing with little kids you’ll probably wish I HAD…
Let me start by saying, sharing Jesus with little kids ( lets just say they are between 2 and 7 for the sake of us all being on the same page.) can feel like you’re herding cats instead of having a spiritual conversation. So here are a few things I like to remember before I even get started:
- Keep your expectations SUPER LOW. If at the end of the day all the kids just remember that you talked about a guy named….Jesus? Was it Justin? Then we’ll call it a WIN!
- Stay calm. If you’re a type-A person ( like myself) you’re going to be annoyed 2 minutes in when you aren’t able to stay according to your plan…but if this isn’t just a little bit remotely fun then we’ve lost the whole point of doing this…
- Make a plan. That said, its always a good idea to go into your time with little kids with several back up plans when everyone starts crying or wrestling over the red crayon. Things like having the kids go run up and down the living room or do the get the wiggles out dance, or just have everyone do their sillies face all at once.
- Know your audience. If you have a kid with a serious case of ADD and you take one look at my plan for week one and you start to sweat imagining that kid sitting still for that whole church, then just know you can modify ALL OF IT! Try your very best to keep the elements of prayer, accountability, bible story, and practice…but even then, if you just hit up JUST one of those elements each week you’re still hashtag WINNING!!
- Remember our goal is to lay a foundation of Jesus in these littles lives. This is NOT a seminary degree, so lets have FUN!
Lastly, it is such a beautiful gift to be a part of a child’s life and especially to have an opportunity to share Jesus with that child! THIS IS SO WORTH IT!! ( repeat that to yourself if someone bites you during prayer time).