Large Group – It’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Large Group… it takes up a significant amount of programming on Sunday morning. It’s where energy is cultivated, where kids learn to praise God through music, where teaching happens, and it can even represent the theme for the month through focal walls or set design. Because large group is such an important part of the 252 Kids and Preteen strategies, great care should be taken as we recruit volunteers to the large group experience. In all aspects of ministry we want to make sure... Read More

6 Tips for Creating An Effective Large Group Experience

Have you ever had that winning moment? The one on a Sunday morning after your large group production, when you step off the stage and think to yourself, “Wow – that was awesome!” These moments are amazing and make you feel like you’ve set your small group leaders up beautifully.  Well just like many of us, if you’ve experienced those winning moments then you have also experienced the exact opposite. Chaos ensued as you played the game in the opener, or the storyteller had to pause often to... Read More
The Tangibles and Intangibles of an Excellent Preteen Enviornment

The Tangibles and Intangibles of an Excellent Preteen Enviornment

The moment you walk in the door you begin to judge the atmosphere of any business. If you walk in a coffee shop you are trying to find where you place your order and what coffee options are available. You begin judging whether or not you will ever return based on the tangible things you see, taste, and experience as well as the intangible things you feel, smell, and hear. The same is true with the preteens that walk in our preteen environments. We might not have full control over the smells in... Read More

Large Group Recruiting

Remember that time when you were a kid and that leader got up to teach at church? They were so monotone. They held a binder and read a Bible Story to the group with very little passion and enthusiasm. Maybe they paused between each sentence for what seemed like 10 minutes. Wait. Hold the phone. Record scratch. No, you don’t remember it BECAUSE of those things. As a matter of fact, it’s a wonder that you are even still in church now if that was you. God surely is gracious! Here’s the thing: If... Read More
Preparing Supplies for your Weekly Large Group Production

Preparing Supplies for your Weekly Large Group Production

The 252 Kids-Large Group Production can be many children’s favorite aspects of their Sunday morning experience. Having said that, preparing for the large group production can be challenging. Gathering and preparing supplies and/or props can take a lot of time each week, so here are some tips to streamline the process. DEVELOPING A TEAM The first thing to do is to develop a team of volunteers who are willing to help in prop and supply duty. Specifically, look for people from the following... Read More
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