5 Tips for Behavior Management at Church

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While behavior modification is NOT the goal of children’s ministry, behavior management is still a very real challenge we face as kidmin leaders. So to help you wrangle in the madness and create an environment your kids and volunteers will love, use these 5 tips for behavior management at church. Set expectations. You can’t expect particular behavior if you don’t communicate those expectations to the kids. Make sure the kids know what you expect of them each time they walk through your doors! Want to see the expectations I set for my ministry? Check out a full overview of SLLRP (pronounced "slurp") here! Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. If kids are going to know what you expect, you have to remind them. That means mentioning your expectations every week. Whether it’s up front and explicit (remember our...

“Even Your Underwear?!” The Importance of Letting Kids Ask Questions at Church

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At our church, we practice full immersion baptism, so we dunk you. You go all the way in and come all the way out. We bring the children into the service for baptisms so they can see their friends and other church members get baptized.  A few years ago, we were having a baptism day, and my children's pastor asked me to hang close to one of our first-grade girls. She was a foster child with a very tough story, and she had a hard time focusing, sitting still, and engaging. She was also a runner - you know the kind - so my children's pastor asked me to sit with her during the baptisms. This was the first time she had seen a baptism, and she was very concerned about the people who were getting baptized. She had lots of questions: "Do they have to put their head underwater too?" "Yes, they will go all the...

Baptism Postcard Notes

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Use these printable Baptism postcards to celebrate and encourage the kids in your ministry who make the decision to get baptized! Before the day of baptism, print and cut this baptism postcard printable. Then write notes of encouragement/congratulations on the backs of the cards to give to children being baptized that day. If your church chooses to give gifts at baptism, these postcards are great to attach to the gift too.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download the Baptism Postcards here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2022%2F05%2FDKM-Freebie-Baptism-Postcard-Notes.pdf|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="73821" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank"...

Game-ifying Your Teaching Time in KidMin (And Why Its Effective)

I'd bet you have at least one game planned for your children's ministry time this Sunday. That's great! Games are important to include in your children's ministry time for a variety of reasons. But have you ever thought about how game-ifying your teaching time could increase its effectiveness? All kids love games, but digital native kids (the generation we serve now who don't know a world without the existence of the internet and smartphones), in particular, consider games to be the preferred way to learn. They enjoy the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge when it’s presented as a challenge to overcome rather than a list of facts to memorize. According to research, using games in teaching can help increase a child's participation and foster social and emotional learning, something all kids need after 2 years of a worldwide pandemic that...

10 Bible Games for Kids Ministry

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earlier in the week we shared our top 10 screen-based games for kids. Today, we're sharing 10 non-screen-based games! Play these social-distanced games with the kids in your ministry to encourage laughter and help kids engage with the Bible story![/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download a Printable Version of the Games Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2022%2F05%2FDKM-Bible-Games-for-Kids-Ministry.pdf|target:_blank"][vc_column_text]BUST A RHYME - Ideal for more than five players, so this game is perfect for small groups to play together, or you can play as one large group! Invite all participants to stand in a circle 6 feet apart. Next, choose a leader to say a word from the Bible story (you can provide the words for them, or let kids come up with their own),...

Father’s Day Ideas for your Children’s Ministry

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Celebrate the dads and men in your church this Father's Day with these fun ideas! TEACHING Father's Day Holiday History Lesson CRAFTS/PRINTABLES Father's Day Coloring Cards Father's Day Dad Joke Coloring Cards Father's Day All In One Pack Father's Day Tie Goody Bag Craft Father's Day Printables Father's Day Tie Craft Father's Day Coupons To the Best Pop (Soda or Popcorn) GAMES Does Dad Have Hair on His Chinny Chin Chin?  Double Vision: Father's Day Name That Super Dad Screen Game Father's Day Minute to Win It Games MEDIA Father's Day All in One Pack  I Love My Dad Because... Mini Movie Things Dads Say Mini Movie  Dad Jokes Mini Movie Dad You're the Best Version 1 (Title Graphics and matching Social Media Graphics) Dad You're the Best...

Father’s Day Coloring Pages

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Use these punny Father's Day coloring pages to celebrate the men in your ministry on Father's Day! Some of the pages are generic for use with any father figure![/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download Father's Day Coloring Pages Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2022%2F05%2FDKM-fathers-day-coloring-pages-1.pdf|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="82845" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://deeperkidmin.com/?s=father%27s+day&post_type=product"][/vc_column][/vc_row]