Why We Stopped Doing Monthly Big Ideas and Weekly Bottom Lines in Kid’s Church
Have you ever heard someone say: “Kids will forget what you say, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.”?
There’s definitely some truth in that statement: church needs to be a place that kids have positive feelings about and meaningful positive relationships.
And to be honest, I don’t remember anything that was said from my childhood during Sunday school (except a few songs like Father Abraham, Deep & Wide, I Got the Joy, Joy, Joy…)
But I still don’t completely agree with that statement.
It should really read: “Kids will forget what you say, unless you say the same few things a whole lot of times for many years, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.”
So at our church we began to think through what that would actually look like, and we slowly began experimenting with a less is more approach with our communication.
Here’s what it looks like:
We use a curriculum called Orange.
Within Orange, they have a monthly Big Idea (Joy, Knowledge, Peace, etc) and each week they have a bottom line that ties into the Big Idea (For Joy a bottom line might be, I can have Joy because Jesus is with me).
So at first we thought: Kids aren’t going to remember 52 bottom lines/year for 6 years.
Then we thought: Realistically, kids aren’t even going to remember 12 Big Ideas/year for 6 years (even if the curriculum cycles through a couple times).
So we decided to come up with 4 Basic Truths (Think along the lines of Orange’s 3 Basic Truths) because we believe that kids could remember 4 things if we talk about them every single week for 6 years.
We used our church’s mission statement to decide what our 4 Basic Truths would be and gave a verse to each one (The reason I don’t even share ours is because I think it’s vital to contextualize them).
Then every Sunday, we review the 4 Basic Truths at the beginning of the service.
So we’ll say, “There’s 4 truths we want you to know before you leave Kid’s Church. The first thing we want you to know is God will never stop loving me. Can you say, “God will never stop loving me” on the count of three. One, two, three… We know this is true because in John 3:16 the Bible says, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son.’ Jesus literally died for you; that’s how he showed he loves you, and there’s nothing you can ever do to stop him from loving you.”
Then after the story/message, we’ll tie back to one of the four truths.
If we talked about Job, we might tie back to God will never stop loving me by talking about how even though Job thought God abandoned him, God didn’t. Sometimes you might feel like God isn’t there because you don’t hear his voice or things aren’t going well. But just like God still loved Job, even though Job didn’t feel that love and even though bad things were happening, God will never stop loving you, even if you don’t feel him or bad things are happening in your life.
Using this strategy, we’re already seeing kids repeating the basic truths (and Bible verses) with us when we review them.
How have you simplified your communication in Kid’s Church? Leave a comment.
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