Something that I learned in my days  as a church planter, with a budget of $0, is that being ahead of the game is the key.  Anticipation is the name of the game. When I could work a month or two ahead, I could pour over the supply lists and the activities and know what I needed to be on the look out for.
Ask for donations—If there is a supply needed like a deck of cards, newspapers, magazines, send out a request on social media. Ask people in your church if they have something they would let you us.
One man’s junk is a KidMin Leader’s treasure—For example, we didn’t have a stage for our Large Group time, so I brought in the bright-colorful rug from my daughter’s bedroom and THAT was our stage. It was a prop I had and the kids thought it was awesome!

The kids don’t know that you are on a budget. They just love how we make them feel when they are with us.
When it comes to planning for supplies, I believe that it is crucial to always have the basics at the fingertips of your Small Group Leaders.  Crayons, markers, paper, pencils, scissors, and glue sticks are staples for pretty much any activity!
Some of you have classrooms for your small groups, where you have cabinets full of materials and snacks. Some of you meet on a section of the floor in your church’s gym and work off of clipboards and “supply caddies” with everything you need waiting for you.  Some of you meet in local schools, movie theaters, and office complexes as portable churches. You do your church out of a plastic tub each week.

No matter where you find yourself leading each week, we all have unique circumstances that can make gathering our weekly supplies a challenge. The most valuable supply you can offer your team is your willingness to be proactive and prepared. You could recruit organizers. Give them a cool name like “Supply Specialist” and ask them to work closely with the curriculum and with you. Your job is to see things coming from a mile away and you can’t do that if you are too busy and not looking ahead.

Lastly, one of the most beautiful things about 252 Basics is our supply lists. Do not try to be a hero and create a list on your own—we have a wonderful and useful one at your fingertips.  There is even a calculator built in so that you can figure out how many of a certain supply you will need. This is a gift and don’t be afraid to use it!

John Wooden once said: “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”  I think he was right, so to that, we say NOT THIS WEEK, JOHN WOODEN, NOT THIS WEEK!