In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
Now we are entering the Holy Place or the Inner Court. The first piece of furniture here is the table of the showbread. This represents the Word of God. Entering the presence of God shouldn’t only be an emotional experience. Everything we do should come from God’s Word, and children’s church should revolve around God’s Word.
There are many ways to do this. The first is to teach children what God’s Word is. Jesus is the Word. But the Bible is also the Word of God because it has the words of God. When we teach the Bible, we not only tell children what God says, we reveal Jesus.
Memory Verses: Most children’s churches teach memory verses, but some only halfheartedly make this a part of their program because they don’t understand how important it is. Scripture teaches that if we learn God’s Word – hide it in our hearts – it will keep us from sin. Elevate learning memory verses to an important place in your children’s church. Give prizes, review verses, have contests. Do whatever you can to make sure your students are hiding the Word of God in their hearts.
Theme: Every service you conduct should have a theme, one nugget from the Word of God. Everything you do that week, object lessons, games, songs, stories, and skits, should relate to that theme. By the time your students go home, they should be able to quote what the theme was for that week.
Teach Children About the Bible: It always amazes me that children who were raised in church don’t know that Psalms is in the middle of the Bible. Teach you students about the Bible. Teach them the books of the Bible. Teach them where the Bible came from. Teach them the story of Josiah. and how when he had the priests read the scriptures, revival came to Israel.
Encourage Children to Have Devotions: As soon as children have mastered the art of reading, you should encourage them to have devotions. One way to do this is to make paper bookmarks on the computer each week with a scripture passage to read every day. On the bottom of the bookmark, have the memory verse for that week. Prizes and contests are a good incentive to help children get started in their devotional lives. You might also encourage children to get their own devotional books or if your ministry can afford it, buy devotionals for each child. This blog featured two good devotionals for children, one for girls and one for boys.
Word From God: Every service should conclude with a Word from God, a message you preach that illuminates something in God’s Word. That message can be short, and you can use a variety of methods to illustrate it, but remember to pray and seek God on what message He wants you to deliver. Don’t just read out of a curriculum manual or shortcut this. God wants to speak to His children through you.