By: Yuri Pineda
This seems like a cry for help we’ve surely heard many times in our churches. It’s definitely what we experienced as a ministry, but it was also the moment we realized how important kids between the ages of 10 and 13 truly are. They didn’t seem to fit in anywhere; they were too big for the Kids Zone and definitely too young for the youth meeting...so now what?
We tend to enthusiastically announce the family meetings and youth meetings, spaces that have been perfectly defined. The Kids Zone (more elaborate spaces) have also evolved in our churches, but many times we fall short when we think about what to do with the pre-teens. This age group can be a headache for some, but when we are able to understand how to work with them, they will become one of the greatest strengths in our ministries. The first thing you need to understand, like I had to, is the great need of giving them a space within the church and an identity. When we...
By: Lala Rodríguez
Me, Serve in Kids Church?
Exodus 1: 17
“But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.”
I came to know the Lord when I was 10 years old, an age that was not considered very important in a Christian church made up of mostly adults and youth. There was no children or pre-teen ministry prepared to cater to the needs of the kids.
At the time, I went because my mom had made it part of our lifestyle as a family. I did not have a leader (or midwife) to give me direction. And the truth is, I would’ve loved for there to have been children’s leaders who answered the call to preserve my generation. On many occasions I felt without direction, and not having a leader marked my new Christian life.
I love to play with kids. I enjoy their innocence and creativity; it’s so easy for me to become one of them. But one day the Lord gave me this Word...