How to Do a Kid-Led Adult Service w/1 Practice & Limited Volunteers

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I know that’s a big claim, and you might be a little dubious, but it isn’t as impossible as it sounds.

In fact, you can probably do it without exhausting effort.

For a little context, this year we wanted to do something with the kids for Christmas that didn’t require months of practices, a huge commitment from the kids involved, and that included as many kids as possible.

Here’s how it works.

Step 1: Plan the service

We kept it super simple (this is a super rough outline just to give you an idea. If you have any questions about the specifics of an element, leave a comment).

3 worship songs

Announcements

A skit for kids to introduce themselves

A bucket drum routine

A skit introducing the main idea for the day

A game

A Bible story (Mary and Joseph)

Another game

Landing/Application

Offering

Step 2: Do Sign-Ups & Recruit

Again it’s simple.

Let parents know the kids are going to be leading an adult service.

There’ll be just 1 practice.

They’ll have an extended period to do Christmas shopping without their kids.

We’re gonna provide lunch, so they don’t have to worry about anything but getting their kids there.

Even if their children are shy, they can participate (we have drums, skits, hosting, worship team, prayer, helping with games, and puppets).

And finally have them sign-up.

As far as recruiting, we have 1 leader for worship, 1 leader for puppets, 1 leader to host the service with a couple kids, 1 leader for drums, and me to oversee everything.

So you really only need 3-4 volunteers.

Step 3: Get the word out

This kind of thing is a great opportunity for families to invite other families.

It’s not just an invite to church; it’s an invite to a performance that happens to be at a church and have a Salvation invitation at the end.

Let the kids, parents, and everyone in your church know it’s a great opportunity to bring lost families.

Step 4: Rehearse

The Saturday before we do the service, we have a practice from 9-4.

We open up by going over the stuff that everyone will participate in (9:30-10:30).

Then we break into groups for worship, puppets, hosting, and drums (10:30-12).

Lunch (12-12:45)

Service run through (1-2:30)

Dress rehearsal/final run through with live mics, multi-media (2:30-4)

Step 5: Do the service

Takeover the adult service the next day and have a great time (make sure you bring some snacks for the kids).

You’ve only invested a couple work days in planning and 1 Saturday to do something that includes more kids than a play.

Is there anything super effective that doesn’t require tons of energy and time you do around Christmas with your kids? Leave a comment!

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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