My six-year-old cousin knows how to use an iPad better than me. And I’m twenty-two years old. From the time he was three, he knew how to unlock his mom’s phone. Before he could read numbers, he was punching in her passcode so he could play games.
As painful as it is to admit that I’m no longer part of the most tech-savvy generation, kids these days (maybe I am old…) are incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to computers. They use technology at home and school—but do they use technology at church?
Kid ministries require a lot of attention and motivation. Attention spans, available time, and common interests are all in short supply. Some kids want to color while others want to play freeze tag, and still others are content with listening to a teacher read a Bible story. It can be hard to organize and wrangle kids long enough to get them to hear the Gospel.
Technology is just one way to attract kids’ interest. While most churches don’t have the budget to buy every kid an iPad, you can still use technology to help entertain your kid ministries. Or, if you’re more old school, there are plenty of creative, technology-free ways to help those kiddos learn about Jesus and have fun!
1. Bible-centered apps
Quite a few Bible-centered apps exist especially for children.
Superbook also makes an app for kids, and this one features Biblical questions that are relevant to younger children, note-taking capabilities, and an audio version of The Bible!
2. Arch Books
These classic books have been a part of Children's Ministry for over 50 years. The lessons are all from Scripture, and the artwork is engaging and fun. The younger kids will love the rhymes, and the older kids will remember reading the same books when they were little. Most of the adult volunteers will certainly remember the classics like "The Rich Fool" or "The Boy with a Sling."
3. Biblical twists on classic games
I’m not sure what it is about being young, but kids have a ton of energy. I can’t even imagine running around for hours playing tag. Luckily, kids like this kind of stuff, so come up with a fun, energy-infused game to wear them out and teach them valuable lessons.
Try playing freeze tag, but to un-freeze yourself, you have to correctly answer a Bible question.
Or, play dodge ball (with foam balls or something that won’t leave purple welts) with the caveat that to re-enter the playing field, you have to say the books of the Bible in order or recite a memory verse.
When it comes down to it, kids want to learn. You don’t have to be completely dependent on technology to teach them about the Bible, but computers and iPads and the Internet are such a huge part of children’s lives today that it’s silly not to incorporate learning about the Gospel with technology.
Finding a balance between technology-centered and non-technology-centered activities will help your children grow up with Jesus in their hearts.
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