What do we do with our kids who are here for multiple services?
This is a question we faced as we recently went to three services. We have parents that serve in one service and attend another service which means their children are in Kidzplayce for more than one service. We have affectionately nicknamed these kids “repeats.” What we found is that kids who are repeats tend to either zone out or become disruptive in the following services. We decided to tweek two of our services to make them a bit different.
Our first service at 8:30 tends to be smaller in numbers so we have adjusted it to be a more intimate time. Our teacher sits on the edge of the stage and the kids gather on the floor around her. The kids are using their Bibles for the lesson much more in depth during this time and are even doing some drills to help them learn how to use their Bibles. We have taken out small groups during this time and have replaced it with more of a group discussion time. The other aspects of the service like worship time have stayed the same.
Our third service at 11:30 has the largest number of repeats so we needed to do something different making a time especially for them outside of the regular class setting. We use this time to go deeper into the message that we learned about during the previous service. We have constructed it to be similar to a small group setting where we sit in a circle with a leader who will facilitate a discussion about the lesson for the week. We also add a bit more during this time which could be a craft or game that centers around the message as well.
We are evaluating these changes on a regular basis to see what is working and what isn’t. We want our kids to have a wonderful experience in every service and that includes our repeats.
What are you doing with your repeats?