Could the Crazy Idea of Replacing Kid’s Church with Family Church Work?
When is the most meaningful time spiritually in your Kid’s Church?
For us, hands down, it happens during small groups.
It’s when kids gets vulnerable, when they open up, when they share meaningfully, when they connect in real community, and when others are there to help them and pray for them.
I would guess that if you do small groups, that’s the most meaningful time for you too.
So when is the most meaningful time spiritually for kids, outside of Kid’s Church?
In talking with parents and kids, it seems to happen at different times and places, but the common denominator is that it usually happens between parents and kids.
By and large, kids are having their most spiritually meaningful moments during the week with their parents.
And that’s what got me thinking that maybe the way I’m doing kid’s church isn’t the best way.
Maybe the best way would be to bring parents into the large group setting to inspire them and set them up to talk spiritually with their kids.
Then the last 15 minutes, we would dismiss kids to small groups, and do a more mature lesson/short sermon for parents and teens.
Here’s what the format would look like:
2 Worship Songs ~ 8 mins
Welcome/Month Theme/Verse/2 Hosts Problem ~ 4 mins
Game/Improv Skit w/Families ~ 8 mins
Story ~ 8 mins
Resolve Problem/Main Idea/Landing ~ 5 mins
Families answer questions/pray together ~ 6 mins
Announcements/Offering ~ 6 mins
Total: 45 mins
Kids Small Groups and Parents Large Group (more mature content) ~ 15 mins
I’ve been trying to find someone to talk some sense into me and explain the grand flaw that would prevent this from ever working.
But at the same time I can’t shake the feeling that maybe, just maybe, it could work…really well.
And if it could work, it could be many times more effective than just Kid’s Church.
Could this work?
Is there something I’m completely missing?
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