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Choosing a Christmas Program

Hopefully, you’ve  already chosen your Children’s Christmas Programs for this year and are already started it. In case you are starting late, today we’ll talk about how to choose a program.

Choose a program with music you and your children like. Each children’s ministry has its own style of music. If you use music that could be geared to teens in children’s church, you won’t want a program with kiddish songs that your children consider dorky. If you use high energy songs, you won’t want a program with a lot of slow songs. Song choice is one of the most important things about the program you choose.

Choose a message that fits the audience. If you have a small urban church with a poor population that finds it hard to make ends meet, you might not want to go with the program that talks about avoiding the excess of Christmas. If unsaved parents will be attending, look for a program with a more evangelistic message. Fit the message to your congregation.

Consider the size and ages of your children. If most of your children are younger, between the ages of six and eight, you might want a simpler program than you would if most of your children are between the ages of ten and twelve. Also, if you only have ten children in you program, you might not want a program with eight speaking parts. On the other hand, if you have a children’s church with fifty children, most of them older, you wouldn’t want the program with only three speaking parts.

Featured Resource Giveaway: God’s Promises For Boys

God’s Promises For Boys

by Jack Countryman & Amy Parker

Tommy Nelson Publishers

Leave a comment by Friday to by entered in a drawing for a free copy of this book.

 

Description:

An easy way to help young boys see God’s promises and how they can rely on His love in their daily lives.

The promise verses in this book are selected from the bestselling International Children’s Bible® to offer comfort and encouragement when a boy is feeling afraid, lonely, worried, angry, dissatisfied, discouraged, sad, rebellious, impatient, or sick . . . and when they need reassurance of God’s protection, love, forgiveness, help . . . and that He listens when they pray. It’s a great way for children to hide God’s Word in their hearts.

Sample text: Sometimes it’s hard to tell the truth when you feel like you have something to hide. But remember—when it’s hard to be honest: God promises to reward Truth—not Lies!

“You must do these things to enjoy life and have many happy days. You must not say evil things. You must not tell lies.” Psalms 34:12-13

“God’s Promises For Girls” is also available from Tommy Nelson Publishers.

My Review:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This book of promises in a format children can easily read and understand is long overdue. This one is specifically for boys, but there’s also one for girls. Adults have always had devotional resources like this to remind them of God’s promises in Scripture. It’s about time children had something comparable. I highly recommend this and the girl’s version for the children in your ministry.

Frustrations In Children’s Ministry: Lack Of

One of the greatest frustrations in children’s ministry is lack of funds, resources, and workers. But this should not be. Our God owns a cattle on a thousands hills, and He can provide what we need.

Lack of Funds:

Lack of funds in this economy is a very real issue that faces all ministries including children’s ministries. Here’s some idea to increase your funding.

Ask your pastor for a regular budget even if it’s a small amount. If you can count on a certain amount of money coming in, no matter how small, it will help you figure out how to meet your needs.

Plan a budget based on what you believe God wants you to do, not on what you think you can afford. If you obey God, He will provide your needs according to His riches in glory. Take a step of faith, and start believing that.

Plan fundraisers to supply funds for the budget. For this, think out of the box. Get some creative people together for a planning session. Here a link to give you some ideas.

Find Prayer Sponsor who will provide prayer and funding for the children in your church. To find out more about how to do this, click this link.

Apply For Grants and ask Christian businesses to contribute to your children’s ministry. This is especially helpful for outreach. There are many sites on the web that teach how to apply for grants.

Give. Don’t hoard the money the comes in to children’s ministry. Teach children to give to missions and other outreach ministries by setting the example.

Pray. John 14:14 says If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Lack of Resources:

Make a list of the resources you need. Include everything you need or want for children’s ministry on the list. Don’t hold back. Then prioritize the list according to what you need first, than second, etc.

Let your needs be known. There maybe someone in the congregation who knows someone who has what you need. By letting your needs be known, you may receive what you have on your list from unlikely places.

Look for bargains. Don’t be afraid to scout Ebay, thrift stores, and yard sales. Let God lead you to the places you can find resources.

Ask larger churches and ministries if they are getting rid of the supplies you need.

Have the children pray for your needs. I once needed a new sound system. The old one was terrible. It squeaked and went in and out during children’s church. But the children’s ministry didn’t have the money to replace it. Every week I would have the children pray for a new sound system. Every time the sound system cut out, I would say “Lord, give us a new sound system” in front of the children. In two months time, someone came to me with a new sound system they had bought but never used. This increased the children’s faith. We spent the next service thanking and praising God and teaching about how God answers prayer.

Lack Of Workers:

Don’t lower your standards. Sometimes children’s pastors are tempted to lower their standards because they can’t get enough workers. This is a mistake. No matter how tempted you are, trust God to provide quality people.

Make a list of all the workers you need. Don’t limit yourself to only the workers you must have. Include on your list everyone you could use if there were enough workers to do everything you want to do.

Use children as workers. Here’s a link that talks more about this.

Make recruiting a year long process. Here’s a link about how to recruit workers.

Pray for workers. Matthew 9:38 Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

There should be no lack in ministry. If we trust God to provide where we lack, He will meet our needs.