At the beginning on the Covid pandemic, many ministries started doing online ministry for the very first time. Children's Ministries as one of those. Up until that time, very few Churches were doing anything online with children and families before Since that time, however, there have been plenty of inroads made in doing online ministry for children.
In this new and ever changing digital era we are living in, offering online children's ministry options can really help nurture the faith of young believers and their families. Through different platforms and creating engaging activities your Church can provide children with a space to connect, learn, and grow spiritually.
What are some Children's Ministry Online Options?
- Children's Lessons. Adults are not the only ones who can use some Bible and faith encouragement throughout the year. Provide some video lessons, downloadable coloring pages or other online actives that children can do or participate in. You can post these on your website and on YouTube.
- Family Bible Studies. Similar to children's lessons, you are providing Biblical teaching to families to do together. You can compile a Bible passage to read, a short devo to do with activities and questions for families to answer and do together. You can put them on your website, YouTube, Facebook or even email them out.
- Share Crafts. These crafts could be great way to follow-ups or to reinforce lessons that the children hear about in person or online. You can give families crafts on Sunday to do throughout the week. Or, you could give them a list of things to pick up at the store. Then, whichever way you decide to give the craft out, you can do an online craft time together. The children's ministry leader could do the craft live on Facebook or Instagram while also reinforcing the lesson from the previous Sunday.
- Story Time. These are not lessons, but you sharing the Bible Story or a story of a well known Christian. The point of these times would be for you to share the story for the children to hear. It's not a lesson but you can have one main point and encouragement , if you would like. This could be done as a "Live" video or a pre-recorded one that you share at a scheduled time.
- Provide Resources for Parents. Parents are always looking for ideas, tips and resources for how to be a better parent. Create a page on your website and share different resources that will help parents and families.
When Covid hit initially in the spring of 2020 Children's Ministry teams adapted just like every other ministry and started incorporating online elements into their ministries. Moving forward, providing different online options for children and families, will help your Church nurture faith and foster a sense of community among young believers and their families.
What do you think? What are some other online ministry options Churches can use? Share your ideas below or on social media.
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