Just like the world feels like it is changing by the minute, so is children’s ministry. Although the message remains the same, the way we do ministry today is drastically different than the way we did it last year at this time. Here are a few ways we have adapted our ministry to meet the current needs of our children and to reach kids we aren’t physically seeing.

We still teach Bible stories and life application lessons. Each Sunday we have Virtual Sunday School. Parents can find the link on our ECOB Kids facebook page, on our church website, or on the Parent Cue app. This is the same worship, Bible story, memory verse, and bottom line they would see if we were having in person children’s ministry. There’s a lesson for toddlers and preschoolers, one for elementary age children, and one for tweens. My kids have really enjoyed mixing it up and watching different lessons. We have also taught the Bible through Zoom story time, Zoom game time, and YouTube devotions.

We still connect with children. Fostering a relationship with the children is one of my main priorities, but that is a little tricky when we can’t see each other face to face. I have called and talked to many of our kids and their parents over the past few months. I’ve even learned how to Facebook video message! There have been virtual talent shows, joke nights, and memory verse challenges. I’ve also sent each child a few letters, cards, or coloring sheets through snail mail.

Kids love treats! ECOB kids received a s’mores kit- because no one loves you s’more than Jesus. The kit was filled with all of the supplies needed to make s’mores and hints for spending S’more time with Jesus.

ECOB Kids is about reaching all kids. We created and passed out egg hunt kits and we are planning neighborhood Bible school and pop-up ice cream parties!

Kid’s Church now meets during the 10:00 Worship Service and we hope to get back in to the business of regular Sunday children’s ministry soon!

Michelle Nolt

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