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Celebrating Birthdays in Kids Ministry – an inside look at birthdays at Woodstock City Church

Birthday Volunteer

I was so impressed to see what Woodstock City Church does to celebrate birthdays for kids.  The kids look forward to their Birthday all year long so that they can visit the Birthday Cart.  The Birthday Cart is pretty exciting, but it doesn’t compare to the PERSON who is at the Birthday Cart.  I did not find out this person’s name, but he was amazing as he celebrated each child and their birthday.

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Church Tour – Woodstock City Church – Preschool Area

Waumba Land

Recently I went to the Drive Conference at Northpoint Church in Atlanta, GA.  It was like drinking from a firehose.  I learned so much and took so many pitures.  I decided to share my info with all of you in hopes that you can learn from them just like I did.

Before the conference began, I had the opportunity to tour Woodstock City Church, and spend a lot of time behind the scenes.  Woodstock City Church is one of Northpoint Church’s campuses.  They use the same curriculum, systems and processes.  Their staff and volunteers were absolutely incredible.  Over the next few posts I will share with you all kinds of things that I learned and show you pictures of some of the things that they do to make their kids ministry awesome!  Today I’m going to show you some of the pics from the Preschool Area, aka, Waumba Land.

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Saddleback Church Kids Area – Church Tour

Saddleback Kids Area

I am enjoying being in sunny, warm California in the middle of February.  I am attending the Children’s Pastor’s Conference in Ontario, California.  While I am here, I am taking the opportunity to visit churches in the area, and learn from their staff & volunteer teams in Children’s Ministry.  Here are some pictures of the Saddleback kids area at the main campus of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.  Their staff were more than friendly and very willing to share their ideas and information with us.

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New kids area at my church – part 1

I have been on a journey since I started working at my church 2.5 years ago.  We have be in a building project and part of that project has included a new kids area.  It’s been exciting to dream, research & design a new kids area.  It has taken many meetings & emails to cover a zillion details.  The most difficult part of this journey has been the last few months as the kids rooms have started to take shape.  Sorting, packing & moving an entire kids ministry is a huge job.  Transition of any kind is not usually easy for people, so helping hundreds of families make this transition has also been a process.  Volunteers have worked countless hours far above and beyond what they signed up for so that the BIG MOVE could get done.

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Church Tours Safety & Procedures That's a cool idea!

DIY Safety Manual

Does your church have a clear plan for emergencies?  Crossroads Church does.  In fact, it’s so clear, that they have a Safety Manual displayed in each Kids Room.  Each Manual is custom made with instructions for that specific room.  The staff was kind enough to give me permission to share their Safety Manual on my blog with pictures for everyone to see.  Hopefully it will inspire you to make a plan for emergencies that is clear for your volunteers.

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Church Tours Leadership Motivating Volunteers That's a cool idea!

Here’s a way to keep vision in front of volunteers

picture wall

Keeping vision in front of volunteers is one of the most important things you will do as a Kids Ministry Leader.  Reminding people over and over of why they do what they do. On my most recent trip to Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, I was reminded of something that they do to keep the vision in front of their volunteers.  Many of their kids ministry rooms have a picture wall.  The pictures are specific to the ministry that happens in that room.

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Go on a Church Tour – 3 Reasons Why You Should Go

road trip

I am getting ready to go on a church tour.  I am taking some of my key leaders from my Kids Ministry with me.  We will drive for about 8 hours one direction, do a little shopping in the US (something Canadians get quite excited about), and spend time attending various classes & services at the church we will be visiting.  We’ll spend time together in the vehicles and get to know each other in the process.  We will ask a million questions to our gracious hosts (aka Kids Ministry Staff & Volunteers) .  We will come home with our brains ready to explode from all that we saw, heard & experienced.

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Elementary Room Signs @ Willow Creek

On the walls before you enter one of the Elementary Classes at Willow Creek Church you will find room signs that communicate information about that room.  They describe each element of their program, and info that the parents might want to know before their child enters the room. They outline the expectations of kids and provides an opportunity for parents to chat with their children about the expectations before they enter the room.

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Church Tour – Calvary in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Calvary Cambridge Kids Area

I was the kids pastor at Calvary Assembly in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada for almost 12 years before I moved to my current position at Creekside Church in Waterloo, Ontario.  I researched & visited Kids Spaces across Canada and the US for several years before building this Kids Ministry Space.  It was the first church in Canada to have 3 levels of Themed Environment Space.  Bruce Barry from Wacky World Studios designed and installed the kids area.  I met him at a Conference in Chicago, and several weeks later Bruce came to visit us in Canada.  A year later, our space was completed and transformed into an amazing space for kids! I thought I would share with you some pics from the church tour in Cambridge.

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Church Tours Family Ministry That's a cool idea!

Church Tour – the halls of Willow Creek Community Church

Willow Creek church tour

If you have the opportunity to go on a church tour, and visit the kids area at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, you will find visual images that show examples of families serving together, or reading the Bible together etc.  Many of the display boards include a Bible verse that families can read as they pass by.  Here are a few photos of some of the images:

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