In my own personal life, the times when I've truly encountered a life changing, all loving God came in the still of a moment. Because of this, I want to be mindful that it's important that I create quiet moments of worship for the kids in my ministry.
The kids who are a part of our ministries today are bombarded daily with music from their iPod, videos on their iPad, video games on their gaming system, and the normal day to day distractions that come with being a kid.
In my own personal life, the times when I've truly encountered a life changing, all loving God came in the still of a moment. Because of this, I want to be mindful that it's important that I create quiet moments of worship for the kids in my Family Ministry.
My goal is not to create a library environment that screams "boring" when someone walks in, but my goal is to intentionally create these moments of stillness from time to time in all that we do.
Ways to foster quiet time in KidMin:
1. Prayer Stations: consider hosting prayer stations during your corporate prayer times. One station could be "adoration" and kids are asked to write praises or "God I thank you for" on a large sheet of butcher paper. Another could be "petition" where kids list prayer requests on sticky notes and place them on a cross. "Confession" could cause kids to stop and think about the wrong things they've said or done the past week. Create an "I'm listening" station where kids would be still for a few moments then maybe write down anything they feel that God may be saying to them.
2. Corporate Prayer: towards the end of your corporate prayer you could say something like, "and now, God we know that you have something you may have been trying to tell us this week but we've been too busy to hear your voice. Right now we're just going to take a second to be quiet before you. Is there anything you'd like to say?" Wait for just a few moments then conclude your prayer.
3. Provide daily quiet time resources: in order to train kids to be still and listen, we need to help them establish a habit of daily quiet times at home. Give them the tools to do so. Give moms and dads lots of options too. They're setting the example.
Trying something new may, at first, be uncomfortable. Keep doing it. Kids will come to know and value this quiet time as a part of your ministry and you'll be teaching them a valuable skill that will last a lifetime if developed.
How about you? Do you intentionally program moments of quiet in your KidMin or Family Ministry? I'd love to hear about it.