CHILDREN’S MINISTRY RESOURCES
FOR A DIGITAL WORLD
FREE CURRICULUM FOR VIRTUAL HOME EXPERIENCE
We’re helping children’s ministries take their services online by giving you a FREE WEEK of the Orange Kids at-home experience. Get everything you need to engage both preschool and elementary kids. Use this content to create a weekly digital program that you can send directly to the homes of families in your church.
a fully customizable worship and teaching video presentation that includes a countdown, monthly worship song, Bible story, and intro/outro videos
easy-to-use guides for parents with fun activities & discussion cues. Includes memory verse, life app, bible story review, and more
Virtual Small Groups
plans for your leaders to connect virtually with kids. Includes hangout ideas, bible story review activities, and discussion guides
Child Devotional Cards
God Time cards are a devotional for kids that will help them focus their attention as they spend time reading the Bible and talking to God at home
Playlister At-Home Tool
Use Playlister to send your customized video experiences to families to view on any device at any time.
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MORE FREE RESOURCES
9 TIPS TO RE-OPEN SAFELY
When you re-open, how are you going to that safely?
Watch or listen as Frank Bealer from Phase Family Centers—a preschool, a theatre, and a portable church—discusses their process for reopening. Then, download the notes from today in the 2-Page PDF 9 Tips To Re-Open Your Ministry Safely.
VOLUNTEER RECRUITING GUIDES
Recruiting and retaining leaders is tough. These guides don’t dig into the intricacies of Zoom calls, but they will give you language to help a recruit all-star volunteers. Download the guides
PLAN YOUR CHILDREN’S MINISTRY YEAR
In all the change—you’ve probably been forced to re-evaluate what ministry looks like in the months ahead. What if you could lean into the change, and approach the next year through a new lens with entirely new strategy? Join Mike & Crystal as they introduce four filters and a new way to plan your year. Plan your year
HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDES
This re-opening process through COVID-19 is new, uncertain, and a big responsibility. Here are 9 things to consider as you prepare for the transition. Download Guide
PODCAST—LEADING VOLUNTEERS TO RE-ENGAGE AFTER A CRISIS
Volunteers are tired. How do you care for them and equip them to continue investing in K? Join the conversation
VIRTUAL SMALL GROUPS GUIDE
Digital small groups can be tough. Whether you are continuing to see activity and interaction online or you’re experiencing a drop off in engagement, here’s a guide with 7 tips to increase engagement with your digital small groups.
If you’re a pastor, you’ve likely faced an onslaught of questions as you consider how and when to reopen your church during this pandemic. How many people can gather? Will we require masks? Do we have enough volunteers? How many people will come back?
But guess what? All the questions you’re wrestling with about your church as a whole are the same questions that will have to be answered within your children’s ministry.
It may be the first of September, but that hasn’t stopped your favorite retailer from decking the halls with boughs of (plastic) holly! This year, it feels as though we’re all pushing hard for December—not just because it brings Christmas, but because it signals the end of 2020.
While the easiest thing to do is say that we need more stage time, or wish the senior leader would talk about the needs of kid and student ministry every week, the reality is that mass cattle calls don’t yield the best results of dedicated, consistent, and called leaders for our ministries.
Now or very soon, most churches will be able to worship again in person. When that time comes, it’s so important that you have a clear plan outlined to help ensure that every family remains safe and healthy. Hear how you can prepare your church to re-open.
As you reopen your church doors, try to open as many doors as you can to your families. Keep the open doors open, open the predictable ones, but also try to open some new ones.
Creating a strategy energizes an entire ministry. It gives purpose to every event, every gathering. It centers your ministry around an approach that makes the things that matter most, matter most. We define strategy as a “plan of action with an end in mind.” Creating a strategy starts with asking:
We recently asked some ministry leaders to share what they’re currently doing to support and partner with families with children with special needs during this time. Here are some main takeaways and practical ideas from that conversation.
Now, all over the world, families are finding themselves in a situation where all the hours are happening at home. What happens at home isn’t just more important. It’s all there is. So, how can you, as the church, still influence and support your families? How can you help parents create a rhythm in this crisis?
For me, figuring out how to bring the fun, creativity, and community of our Sundays-at-church event to a Sundays-at-home experience underscores the benefits of a Lead Small culture. Connecting with all of your families as a ministry leader can be daunting.
As ministry leaders, we’re trying to find a new ministry norm. We’re trying to instill hope, truth, and love to the families in our community—all while caring for our own family. Oh, and did I mention some of the most important people in our ministry? Our small group leaders—or as we like to call them, SGLs.
We’ve been loving conversations with really smart ministry leaders—people like you—who have already pioneered some innovative solutions to help kids ministries connect digitally.
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Resources FOR YOUR PARENTS
- Anxiety Conversation Guides
- Crisis Conversation Guides
- [BLOG] Managing Fear and Anxiety During a Health Pandemic
- [BLOG] Manejando El Miedo y La Ansiedad Durante Una Pandemia De Salud
- Parent Cue App
Resources FOR YOU & YOUR VOLUNTEERS
- [PODCAST] Coronavirus and Remote Solutions For Your Kids Ministry
- [PODCAST] Helping Kids Navigate Anxiety – Naming the Worry Monster