Small Group Supplies, by Age

Small Group Supplies, by Age

If you weren’t able to attend Orange Conference 2013 this year, we missed you!  In the Ages and Stages breakout about elementary kids, two of the things that seemed most helpful to leaders were: How to set up your environment with favorite supplies for each of the three main age groups (K-1, 2-3 and 4-5). How to give your small group leaders extra age-appropriate game ideas they can use if they have more time to fill. I’m going to summarize these ideas here and I’d love for you to ADD to them…... Read More
The Power in a Handshake

The Power in a Handshake

Who doesn’t like an underdog? According to this article, I’m not the only one who was cheering for the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles during this year’s March Madness. Nicknamed “Dunk City,” they played with reckless abandon and obvious joy. Their coach said that the key was not taking themselves too seriously while still working hard. Read more about what kids can learn from this story... Read More
Small Groups, Part 5

Small Groups, Part 5

This is the fourth post in our series about how and why we do Small Groups. Catch up on Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.   Something you’ll notice sometimes in the parenthesis after the name of the activity besides the four categories (Bible story review; memory verse review; application; and prayer) is the phrase “Great for Boys.” Basically, this highlights that this will be active and more high-energy than other options. In bold, at least once in each week’s Small Group activities,... Read More
Small Groups, Part 4

Small Groups, Part 4

This is the fourth post in our series about how and why we do Small Groups. Catch up on Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.   After Large Group (or Power Up), we suggest a follow-up set of activities that we call Catch On—because we want them to take what they just heard, to review and process it, as well as apply it. We provide four different types of activities each week and we recommend two not to miss right at the beginning if you’re having trouble choosing. (Remember, we don’t expect or want... Read More
Small Groups, Part 3

Small Groups, Part 3

This is the third post in our series about how and why we do Small Groups. Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2.   Did you know that we provide six different Small Group activities each week for three separate age groups (K/1, 2/3, 4/5)? Now, we don’t expect you to use them all in one ministry hour. In fact, we encourage you to pick and choose carefully, based on the kids who are coming and the space you’re in. There are other things to consider like your budget and time constraints—but I’d... Read More
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