It’s no stretch to say that the methods of ministry have changed radically over the past few decades. Changes in technology allow families the option to “have church” at home and many families don’t even bother to attend any church at all. Still, there is a world of hurting children out there and someone has to reach them. Why not you?
In years past, Sidewalk Sunday Schools, (evangelistic children’s ministries) simply went into the neighborhoods and held services there. While useful and anointed, this type of ministry is not always effective. Violent neighborhoods put workers at risk and families in rural areas may not experience any ministry at all. So what is the answer? Starting a kids’ club could be the solution.
So what would a Christian kids’ club do?
Clubs reach the unchurched. Parents that reject religious organizations (and there are many) may allow a child to attend a “Golden Rule Club.” Clubs, by nature, seem fun, active and healthy. (And of course, a Christian club should be!) It’s a great addition to a current church ministry.
Clubs help build the core church. Eventually, you will see attendance increase because of your efforts. Special plays or programs that the club offers can attract stand-offish family members.
They offer creative ministry opportunities to volunteers. Not every ministry volunteer can work on Sunday. Also, it’s hard to incorporate a unique hobby like collecting model trains into a regular church service. However, a kids’ club could do just that. Consider holding an after school or weekend club once a month (or more) to reach children in your area.
Overall, clubs provide ministries a vehicle to reach children who they may never otherwise have contact with. So what kinds of club could you begin?
- After school clubs: Start a club that focuses on the social aspect of a child’s life. Teach them about making friends, dealing with bullies and helping one another. Weave the principles of the Bible into your club teachings and you’ll teach kids valuable truth.
- Hobby-based clubs: Have a special love for crafts? Start a hobby-based kids’ club and use your special skills. Choose crafts that support a Christian idea or scripture. Work crafts together and spend time getting to know kids.
- Theme-based clubs: The Princess Club or Hero Club provides kids a fun theme they will recognize and want to attend. Offer games and activities to support your theme. Use the theme as direction for your meetings.
Remember to treat it like a club, not a classroom. Focus on fun but saturate it with prayer. (Before and after the kids leave!)