How to lead a child to christ prayer

Here is a simple prayer that children can say to accept Jesus as their saviour.

 

Dear God,

I know I am a sinner because I’ve done some wrong things. Please forgive me.

I believe Jesus is your son; he died on the cross to save me, and rose three days later to be with you.

Please become God of my life. Help me to make good choices and tell others about you.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


How kids can serve at church


I have been asked in the past if it is important for children to be in ministry. My simple answer is, yes, children should take part in a ministry. As a church we should be training children responsibility, servant-hood, and leadership. All these things are part of turning a young boy or girl into a disciple of Christ and this is exactly what Jesus commands us to do.

With that being said, you may ask, what are some ideas for ministries that a kid can be a part of? Well, it just so happens that I have a few ideas and tips. The ministry ideas I present will fall under 2 categories; inward ministry and outreach ministry. Not all ideas will work with every group of children and the ministry can certainly be adjusted to fit your children’s ministry.

Remember

As teachers we should prayerfully consider what child will best fit each ministry we choose to implement. There may be one boy not focused enough to run the audio/visual and you may have a girl in class that is to shy to give hugs at a nursing home. Ask God to help you put the right child in the right ministry.

Also read: Getting Kids involved in Church

#1 Classroom Greeter

The classroom greeter will welcome children to class, hand out children’s bulletins, if available, and introduce new kids to someone in class whom she can sit with. The greeter is an important part of adult church and we should be training our children for this essential role.

#2 Junior Ushers

The Junior ushers is a group of 2 -4 children that are responsible for leading the class in pledges to the American flag, Christian flag and to the Bible.  The junior usher will also collect and count the offering. The ushers in adult church have many responsibilities, you may add to the kids responsibilities to mimic what the adults in your church do. I have the kids pass an offering plate in class because it is what the adults do. For me one of the functions of kids church is to prepare children to transition into the adult church environment, and that is what this accomplishes.

#3 Audio/Visual Technician

Does your classroom use visual aides like Power Point; do you use music?
The Audio Visual Technician will be a ministry where the child learns how to operate the system you use in your Kids church class. He will be in charge of playing music and advancing slides throughout the entirety of the class time. The junior technician could periodically shadow your adult audio/visual worker; this would likely be exciting for the student. The Child/children you select for this position should have a bit of maturity and show an ability to stay focused over a long period of time.

#4 Puppet/Drama Team

Ok, so older kids do not really enjoy puppet shows, but they do like to use puppets. The opportunity here is for you students to learn how to use puppets, practice a show and then perform in the nursery/toddlers room perhaps. Does your church have a play-date day for mothers and little ones to get together? This would provide an opportunity to put on a puppet show. If your church does special events, in the church or in the community, they might present another way for this ministry team serve and learn.

If your youth group or adults have a drama team it might be possible for some of the kids to work with them. Their plays and drama skits usually are performed in the adult worship service or at other events.

Check out: How to Start a Puppet Ministry and  Using Puppets in Kids Church

#5 Facilities Ministry Leader/Team

I am sure that every week after Junior Church there is endless cleaning by teachers and assistant around the world. What if you cold have the kids clean the classroom for you. Great right. Try appointing a Facilities Manager. His Job will be to help direct the other kids in cleaning the classroom before leaving the class at the end of adult church. He will make sure large trash is picked up, crafts are with their owner and that the class is organized. After the other children have left this ministry leader will stay and sweep the floor and arrange the room properly. Hey, the church building as a whole needs cleaned weekly by an adult; why not train children to appreciate and take care of God’s worship building.

#6 Nursery/Toddler Room Assistants

Speak with your pre-k ministry leaders to see if they could use a young assistant in classrooms. Select a few kids that can play with toddlers, and assist with picking up and cleaning toys.

#7 Nursing Home Ministry

Does your church have an adult nursing home ministry. If so, this creates a wonderful opportunity for outreach. Get with the adult leader to see if you can bring a group of kids to the nursing home. It will be the kids job to talk a little bit to old folk and give hugs. The group doesn’t need to stay for the whole service just spend 15 minutes with them. The seniors will love it and look forward to it.

It is essential that each child knows why his ministry is important, ehy it’s important in the adult worship. They need to understand the responsibility and commitment needed to be the ministry leader.

# 8 Missions Leader/Team

The missions leader will read aloud, in class. a letter from a missionary. She will make cards for missionaries and lead the class in prayer for them. The leader will go on missions trips and give a report to the class or church about her experience.

#9 Community Relations Ministry Team

The community relations team will help in advertising for the church. The group can hand out fliers to people on the street or put door hangers on houses. They may hand out cold bottled water at the park or a community event. They can help with packing church info kits. The group can assist in any outreach event that the adults are having.

Now let us teach our kids to serve!

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34 Ways Children Can Serve

Children & Spiritual Gifts – Kids Can Serve God Too

christian parenting ideas


“Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it.”   This simple Biblical principle applies to every person that has influence on a child’s life.  The parents, other family members, the educational system and the church have the responsibility to teach each child the correct way to live and give them the knowledge needed to become successful adults.  They need both knowledge and character to achieve any good goal they may make.

Too often children are torn between different teachings.  At home they get one example of how to live and gain the knowledge (whether correct or not) that the parents have.  At school they may be taught different social behaviors and receive knowledge contradictory to what they have been given elsewhere.  The children end up having to decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong, many times coming to the wrong conclusions.   The ideas of absolute truth get lost in the conflicting feelings; because of this, children begin to form their own truth suitable to what they want to believe and how they want to live.

“Suffer the children unto me, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  Jesus shows us the importance of children; to not cast them off as insignificant.  Each child needs to know that they are significant and why.  They need to know that they have an eternal future and can inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.   Today’s children can have a good eternal future but they are also the future of our country.  It is a parents duty to form the child’s mind to help them determine purpose and significance.  Without purpose all the knowledge in the world wouldn’t make any child successful. When children understand why they are important, then there will be a good foundation to build all other character traits, social skills and knowledge on.  Through this process parent can produce highly productive and good citizens.


Kids lesson on self esteem for children church




The Bible has a lot to say about how to see others and yourself. First Samuel 16:7 can be used in the Sunday school lesson to show kids that God does not care about appearance, popularity or financial situation; God only cares about the heart and loving others regardless of material things. Children, like many adults, have self-esteem issues and teaching kids about good self-esteem is essential to their spiritual growth. What is the definition of self-esteem? Simply put it is the confidence one has in his own worth, abilities, or self-respect. In this lesson the children will learn to be obedient to the Lord, make good choices and not worry about what others think of them.

Step 1

Display the verse, 1 Samuel 16:7, on a chalkboard, whiteboard or Power Point presentation. Use the Bible translation that best suits your church. Read the verse aloud together. The NIV version reads, “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Step 2

Have a class discussion. Instruct the children to raise a hand to be called on.
Ask the children the following questions and discuss their answers. How many of you care what others think about you? Why?
Have you ever based who you hang out with on how a person looks?
Has anyone left you out of their group because you were not “cool enough”? How does it make you feel to be left out? Talk about how it hurts to be left out, and make a point that leaving others out hurts them. Do you really want to hurt others?

Step 3

Take out the banana that has been prepped by refrigerating it for a few days after it has ripened. The banana will be brown on the outside but still perfectly good on the inside. The banana will be used for an object lesson. Hold the banana in front of the class and ask these questions: Do any of you like bananas? This banana is really brown on the outside; it looks rotten. Would any of you eat it? Why/why not?

Step 4

Begin to peel the banana while talking to the class. “Sometimes things look real bad on the outside, but you don’t know what is on the inside until you look. This banana was really nasty looking and some of you said you would not eat it. Now that I’ve peeled it, you can see that it is good and edible. Our verse today says that people look at the outward appearance, but God says you should not even consider the outside but look at the inside. We could have assumed the banana was rotten and thrown it away; we would’ve missed something good. Some people are like this banana: you have to get to know them, look beyond the outside appearance and really see who they are. You might find a true friend.”

Step 5

Read the verse together again. Close with this statement: “God’s word says that He doesn’t care about how you look, how you dress, how you smell, how much money you have or don’t have. He doesn’t care if you live with your parents, grandparents, other relative or adopted family. God loves you no matter what. God only cares about your heart — that means your attitude. God sees who you really are. He wants you to love him and love others; he wants you to do your best to live right, make right choices and treat others right. It doesn’t matter what others think about you because you are pleasing God with who you are and how you act. And that is the only thing that truly matters.”

Be sure to use some self esteem building activities

salvation prayer for children kids

 


My prayer asking Jesus to save me.

Dear God,

I know that I am a sinner because I have done some wrong things. Please forgive me.

I believe Jesus is Your Son; He died on the Cross to save me and You raised Him from the dead three days later to live with You.

Please become the God of my life; lead me to make good choices and tell others about Jesus.

In Jesus name I ask. Amen

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What do I need to know to become a Christian?

1.Believe I am a sinner. Sin is anything you say, do or think that God would not like.

2. Ask God to forgive you of your sin.

3. Believe that Jesus is God in the flesh and he paid the penalty for your sin on the cross; dying, being buried, and living again.

HOW CAN YOU KNOW YOU WILL GO

TO HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE?

  • Romans 3:23

All have sinned and come short of God’s glory.

  • Romans 6:23

Because we sin we deserve death and hell; the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • Romans 10:9-10

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.