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ESCAPE CHURCH Event Kit!

ESCAPE CHURCH Event Kit!
This was one of the BEST events I ever did for my preteen ministry! Everyone loves Escape Rooms, so I thought, “Why not do an Escape Church!?” It was a BLAST! Here is a highlight video to give you a feel for what it looked like: Also, available only to All Access Members is a detailed INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO! All Access Members get a download ZIP Folder with ALL the files you need! Inside you will find: Event Logo Map Files to customize Puzzle info and Graphics for six rooms MANY PDFs to print Graphics to use or customize Links to...

Gingerbread House Family Event Kit!

Gingerbread House Family Event Kit!
Host a Family Gingerbread House Building event. Everything you need is here! Our annual Family Gingerbread House Building has become a much-anticipated family event at our church! We charge a nominal fee to cover supplies and to ensure that we are prepared for each family that comes. Here is a highlight video to give you a feel for the event: In addition to building the gingerbread houses, we hold a contest with several categories and a system to make it all fair and objective. ALL ACCESS MEMBERS can download all the files needed to pull off this fun family event!...

The 3 Penny Missionary Game

The 3 Penny Missionary Game
This simple, fun game helps children understand how a church is planted on the mission field. Help children understand the process of a missionary planting a church. As kids play this game, they will learn the up and downs (or forward and backwards) progress of planting a church. All that is needed is the PDF Game Board linked below (best printed on card stock) along with second page of explanation. (Which can be printed on the opposite side if you’d like.) Each child needs a small marker of some kind – a coin, bean, bead or other small item that...

Proactive Leadership

Proactive Leadership
If you are the one placed in charge of a children’s ministry, most likely you a leader. However, unless you are intentional, the weekly demands of ministry programs and needy volunteers can quickly push you into a role of being a reactive leader – constantly reacting to the needs that are presented to you via e-mail, voice mail, and in person. You will be doing a lot of good, but you’ll soon feel like the ministry isn’t going anywhere – and you’ll be right. It will be treading water and it will be all you can do just to keep...

THE NO RULES GAME!

THE NO RULES GAME!
Why did God give us commandments and rules? Was it to spoil our fun? Rather than merely explain it, have your kids experience it! Play the NO RULES GAME! Randomly divide the kids up. Put out a bunch of game stuff. Blow the whistle say “GO!” As the kids start to try and play with the stuff, start awarding points AND penalties and declare a winner and loser. See how the kids respond. They won’t like a game with no rules where it is unclear how to be a winner! Finally stop the game and explain that’s WHY God gave...

The LEAST vs. GREATEST GAME!

The LEAST vs. GREATEST GAME!
The LEAST vs. GREATEST GAME! “The Last Shall Be First” Prep: Number the Chairs: ROW # and SEAT # (Signs Provided at Link Below) Points: You need something physical for points – popsicle sticks, beans, etc. Something that can be passed out quickly that kids can hold so the points are tangible. PLAY: Kids Move Around and Choose a Chair, then the next RULE is read! (Option: You can make it appear that the rules are random by drawing a rule from a hat, just make sure you draw the final rule last.) Don’t mislead or lie to the kids,...