Molong Baptist to the rescue!
When the Covid hit Molong, many people couldn’t put food on the table. A phone call from a community person to Julie Spencer was all it took and the church into action! Julie and her husband Wayne are the pastors at Molong Baptist. Have a listen to this humble servant of God share His love. God has blessed this little community with big hearts!
Padstow Kids in Church during the holidays!
At Padstow Community Church, during the school holidays the church have the children with them. Their motto is simple is not shallow, where 8 year olds and 80 year olds engage together in the service. What a great way to introduce intergenerational ministry!
Kids Teaching Adults
At Belair Baptist Church, most people are back in the building, but there has been a significant change. The children’s teaching is now part of the main service, and everyone’s loving it!
Kids Ministry integrated with the wider church online
At Northern Life Baptist Church, the Kids ministry team are having a blast! During this time of COVID the kids ministry have a 5 minute spot in the wider online Church service.
Not only is their presentation engaging and fun, they are also learning skills and uncovering gifts of their team and the children. It’s exciting to watch and we look forward to how God will use these amazing children and young adults! Well done Rachel and team!
Gordon Baptist introduces Intergenerational Church during COVID
Gordon Baptist has gone through some significant changes as they have responded to Covid19. In January this year there were 5 congregations that met in 3 languages – Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Each of those congregations was between 50 and 120 people.
When Gordon could not meet in person, they went through a process of discernment to ask how should they gather and express being together in the new covid world. The process took place over three months – including focus groups surveys and one on one conversations. In August the 5 congregations were dis-banded and life groups were suspended. Instead the people of Gordon have been meeting in groups of 10-50 people, instead of meeting in larger congregations or very small groups.
This has required additional leadership development and training for facilitators and hosts.
This move has multiple positives:
- Gatherings can take place in homes, parks or other spaces such as the church building
- Gatherings can be hosted and facilitated by trained people who are not pastors
- They can utilise shared pre-recorded teaching as well as a shared order of service which makes facilitation sustainable
- Gatherings are small enough that people can know each other’s names and that people can participate in those gatherings together.
- Gatherings are large enough that they can be intergenerational and intercultural.
- These groups are can grow and be reproducible.
- This is a way Gordon can express itself as one local church body that gathers in multiform gatherings.
Two of these gatherings at Gordon Baptist held at the church building and are specifically intergenerational with simple English. These gatherings are more informal, with a short gospel focussed message, and spaces for people to creatively reflect individually or with others, including discussion and prayer. These gatherings are a great way to open things up a little more for people might previously have not come to their traditional church gatherings. These gatherings provide a space for children and young people to be connected to people of other generations and for families to engage the bible alongside others.
In this video, Yvette interviews Russell Mathews – check it out to see and hear what their intergenerational gatherings look like in practice.
Kids return only at Green Point Baptist Church
At Green Point Baptist Church, they believe children are an integral part of the church family. They want the children to enjoy coming to church, to build healthy relationships with their friends and leaders and feel encouraged and supported as they learn about and experience God’s love.
During the time of COVID the kids ministry went online along with the adult church. However after some months the engagement of the children was waning, so Louise and her team decided to start up kids ministry again when restrictions were lifted enough to have 100 people in places of worship. As yet their adult church is still meeting online, but check out what this means to families in this video.
Lego Church for the Community
When a handful of faithful servants at Helensburgh Baptist Church called Brad Blacker to be their pastor, they probably never expected what would happen next! They started a coffee shop in their local community as a pop-up cafe, and have since made a huge impact from so humble beginnings. Listen to Brad as he talks about why they decided to do Lego Church on a weeknight.
The Night Outline:
A story from the bible is read out by anyone, then Brad or someone else suggests ideas on how you could relate that to lego. The families have 20-30 mins to build their idea. Then everyone takes a turn in explaining how it relates to the Bible story. They then share prayer points and if they are in the cafe, Brad makes hot chocolates for everyone, then it’s home time for PJ’s and bed.
Northern Life Musical
When the lockdown meant going online, the Kids and Youth team at Northern Life dug deep to produce some high quality kids skits! As if that wasn’t challenge enough, they decided to create a fun music skit to tell the story of the Tower of Babel. AND THEN– They loved that so much they’ve decided to produce a musical with their own songs retelling the story of the Bible! Here Rach, the Kids and Youth Pastor, sits down with Morgan and Steph on how their dream began.
Thornleigh Baptist Kids Club
Check out how Thornleigh Baptist Church have been modifying their Kids Club so that it can still operate through Covid!
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Adapting your Special Event during COVID
Here’s a simple way to build relationships and still maintain social distancing.
Here’s a simple strategy to equip parents to disciple their children.
When your children remind you to pray!
Sophie and her team have come up with a simple way for parents to engage with their children in prayer. One parent has shared how the children remind him to do prayer time each day! See the content of the prayer boxes via CANVA, where you can edit the content for your context here.
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Pastoral Care to Families by Families
Georges River Kids send out an encouragement letter to families, and add an extra empty postcard and name of family for them to pass on the love! What a great idea!
Ideas Market by Georges River Life Kids Ministry
Below are short videos on different ideas that you could use in your Kids Ministry! Thanks to Sophie and the team at Georges River Life Church for sharing their content!