How I Do Small Groups for Kids

How I do small groups for kids

One of the things I have found over the years, is that it is important that we teach God’s Word, but also create a place for kids to interact with each other and make friends. I do that through Small Groups.

I have four goals for Small Groups:

  1. Connect a Small Group Leader with every child.
  2. Make space for kids to interact with each other and make friends.
  3. Teach and train kids to open the Bible and find scriptures.
  4. Reinforce the Large Group Lesson.

Why Small Groups Are Important?

Small Group is a time for kids to ask questions and build relationships with each other. It is vital that the kids make friends at church.  This is what Small Group is all about. If kids do not make friends at church, we will lose them when they become teenagers, because teens want to hang with their friends. 

What Happens In A Small Group?

Pre-Service Activity 

Each Lesson has a couple of questions that are light and fun. For example, what is the color of your toothbrush? Something just to get the kids talking. This also contains an icebreaker game. These are both perfect to do before service. Some people don’t have a problem starting conversations with kids, but sometimes new leaders are unsure where to start and what to say.  I want to give them the tools they need to be a success.

Bible Time

Small Group time also gives us a way to teach kids to love their Bibles. This is where I introduce the Bible Story for the day. I have Bibles in each group, enough for each child. I use the same exact translation and brand of Bible, so that I can just tell them all the page number that the story is on.

We read the Bible together, each person taking a turn. It allows time to teach them how to find the Bible Stories and then read it for themselves. If I can get them familiar with their Bibles, it will help them at home with devotions.

Note: For kids in 3rd – 6th grade we use the NIV Bible and each child takes a turn reading a verse.  We suggest using a picture Bible for the 1st and 2nd graders.

Small Group Object Lesson

In each lesson, I have a simple object lesson reinforcing the bottom line.  I make it easy for my Small Group leaders, because I give them the lesson, the point to make, and questions to ask for discussion.

One of the things that I have heard many times, by parents who were Small Group Leaders, is that it made them better parents.  

I wanted to show you how I have worked with Small Groups in my kids’ ministry and have had success.  If I can do it, you can too. As the Small Group Leaders are doing their part, they are also growing.

Below, you can see what we give to the Small Group Leaders each Sunday

We put everything that the Small Group Leader will need to know on one page. This page is taken from our curriculum series, Leadership 2.0.

Each lesson in Super Church 2.0 comes with a Small Group just like this one,

A benefit you will see by teaching Super Church 2.0 Leadership is that your adult volunteers will become better leaders.

In fact, I think the best way to learn to be a leader is to teach on leadership.

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Debra Harper

Debbie has over 25 years of experience in the local church specializing in preschool ministry, organization andvolunteer recruitment. Debbie is the author and creator of the Kinder Church curriculum series and is the personbehind the scenes that makes everything work at MHM.
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