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How You’re Changing Lives
From a Staff Member: “I ❤️ this and wanted to share. This is from one of our LifeKids leaders: ‘Our Swerve volunteer in Cross Town … is so involved with our kids and really has close relationships with them. She leads a small group with ease and helps keep the kids engaged during the lesson. … she has amazing potential and you can see her greatness now.’ I love that not only are we leading kids to become fully devoted followers of Christ, but we are providing opportunities for our youth to grow, develop, lead, and shine.”
Part of being a great Small Group Leader is being a great friend. Here are some tips on how to grow your friendships with the kids in your Small Group!
- Play. Kids connect to others through play. When you play with them, it helps them to know you are fun, safe, and that you care about them. *Use the toys provided in the room to guide your play and keep it appropriate for the space. Running, tickling, and swinging kids is fun at home, but can be safety hazards within the LifeKids rooms.
- Get on their level. Kids can be intimidated when your super-tall, grown-up self is towering over them, even if you’re trying to play or have fun. Adjust your height by getting down on the floor, kneeling, or sitting down to help kids feel that you are safe, accessible, and non-threatening.
- Have Fun. Laugh. Tell kid jokes. Make funny faces. Humor helps everyone (kids and grown-ups alike) have fun, relax, and connect with each other.
- Be Humble. If you make a mistake with a kid, don’t try to hide it or roll with it. Be honest about it, apologize, and let them know you’ll try better next time.
- Appropriate Touch. High fives, secret handshakes, a pat on the back, holding hands … they all let kids know you care for them without crossing any lines. *Always ask a child before you initiate touch, because some kids might feel uncomfortable. Keep kids out of your lap. In a childcare environment, having kids sit next to you instead upholds a high level of integrity and accountability.
Pre-K and Kindergarten start for many of our Ark and Cross Town kids this month! Kids may be excited or nervous and will definitely be experiencing a lot of changes to their routines.
- Talk: Make time to talk about what kids are expecting in their new class, what they’re excited for, and what they’re not so excited for.
- Pray: Pray together in small group for the new school year, and find out which week each of your kids is heading back so you can send a postcard to let them know you’re praying for them.
- What to watch for: Some kids may deal with the stress of heading back by acting out or demonstrating challenging behaviors in your room. Be understanding and patient as you redirect them, and support them by letting them talk through what’s going on. Check out this article and this one for helpful videos and tips on dealing with challenging behavior.
Click on the links below to watch videos, download leader guides, and prepare for your weekly experience.
Worship Moves: “I Am A Child of God”
Worship Moves: “I’ll Go”
Mr. Music’s Song: “God’s Family”
Guy the Bible Guy’s Verse Motions: 1 Timothy 3:15
Order of Experience What to do, when
Quick Look Which Prop Talk to prepare for, how long to play, and run time for Movie & Music
Prop Talk Leader Guide What to do for each Prop Talk
Picture Pass Leader Guide How to lead Picture Pass review time
Small Group Leader Guide Ages 2-3 How to lead your small group in Under the Sea and In the Jungle
Story Cards Ages 2-3 Story cards for small group time in Under the Sea and In the Jungle
Small Group Leader Guide Ages 4-K How to lead your small group in The Ark and Crosstown
Story Cards Ages 4-K Story cards for small group time in The Ark and Crosstown
This Month’s Episode: Everybody’s Welcome