|So You want to
Host a Kids' Krusade?
|Kids' Krusade (purposefully spelled that way) Offers a lot of advantages with few
Advantages: 1) The Children's Pastor or the Pastor of the church gives the devotions
2) The workers will enjoy the event
3) You don't need other teachers. Each worker is given one simple task.
Disadvantages: 1) No Craft time; 2)Usually at night; 3) All levels of kids in 1 room
|Planning Questions you need to ask yourself:
1) What is the theme? 2) What are the Devotions 3) What are the games?
4) What's my advertising budget? 5)Who will help me decorate? 6) What staff do I have?
Can be anything! But...will it get the kids' attention, their interest? Here are a few of the themes we
have used over the years: Medical First Aid station in the jungle; What's under the bed?; The Pyramids;
The Rock Slide (Jesus is the Rock); The Wonder Laboratory; Mr Majestik's Game Shop; The Amazon
Expedition; The Extreme Junction....
So you can have ANY theme... I don't usually use curriculum other than the Word of God, but there are
some great ones out there, such as Mega Sports Camp which can be used as VBS or Kid's Krusade. If I
write my own, I ask myself: who will be in the Congregation? Here's some of the answers to that:
1) The kids from my church, AND their parents.
2) Friends of kids from my church
3) Visitors from Other churches who don't offer kids' krusades
4) The unchurched
|Ideas to teach or lead
your children's church
into a prayer ministry
|Here's a few ideas to help build a prayer ministry within your children's church, and/ or to get your adult
congregation thinking about your children:
1) Never underestimate your kids' ability to pray. Get excited about, and begin to set aside a prayer time in
your children's church. Have them pray for: their needs, teachers, missionaries, your church staff.
2) Bring a newspaper in and hand several sections to kids and have them find something to pray about.
3) By a globe ball, and pass it from kid to kid, playing music. When the music stops, have the child holding
the ball pick a country to pray for.
Here's an idea for your adults: Encourage your church to give the children in your ministry a Prayer
Valentine. Around the 15th of January, write each child's name and age on a red cut-out heart. On the back,
write Ephesians 4:14-15-the Scripture written out in words.
Punch a hole in the top of each heart and pull white yarn through the hole. Tie the yarn and hang these
hearts somewhere in your church foyer. Post a sign in the foyer with them and place an announcement in
your church bulletin (for several weeks), explaining that church members can take one or more hearts and
pray the Scripture for children until Valentine’s Day.
Now many of us do not have a lot of money for this, so let's look at free advertising.
Craigslist.org has a free community event section. Your local TV station usually has a community bulletin board. Gospel
radio stations do too (Joy fm in Tampa). Local newspapers will run a story in the religious section. AND (this takes
planning ahead) You can place a flyer in school classrooms as long as the Board of Education approves the flyer first.
Key: pick one or two schools nearest your church, or you might get more kids than you can handle!
Based on those questions, I know the devotions must include a salvation message. Usually my 4
devotions (because the services run Sunday night thru Wednesday night) include some of the
Salvation, The Comforter, The fruits of the Spirit, We have a home in heaven; Sharing Jesus at
School, God sees the heart, Each of us has a part.... see there's lots of things these kids need! Let
God lead you as you pray,,, Because PRAYER is your best tool in preparing for kids' events!
Kids learn thru games, so you NEED games to drive home your points. Guidelines for using games:
1) Does the game bring out the point of the devotion? 2) Is this a game that won't cause problems for you? 3)Can I
assign workers to run this game (you can't do everything) 4) Can I involve the parents (YOU NEED TO, or they will
get bored) 5) How do I pick the kids that will play (Involve every kid in ONE game at least during the krusade if
possible) 6) Make sure it's fun! Try the game out in your children' church first and work out the kinks
Make a list of EVERY POSITION you think you will need. Suggestions, Sign in table - 2 people; Offering persons - 2-4
depending on how much is involved in your offering time; Game hosts - 2 to 6; Prize People (always have prizes from
Oriental trading, or IParty, and have Grand Prizes for most visitors) - 1to 2: Altar workers (you won't be able to do this
yourself, so pick Sunday School teachers, Royal ranger and Mpact leaders) Sound and video people, puppet leaders
(those who can either do puppets or can direct the team... can you think of others?
Can you think of other things you might need to a great kids Krusade event? Email me at the link below or send it
directly to me at: email@example.com