It’s VBS and Children’s Ministry prep time! Do you minister to children and are ready to be encouraged, equipped, and connected with children’s leaders from across the state? Are you ready to plan for 2021 Vacation Bible School? Would you like to learn how to reach and teach the children in your ministry? Would you like the chance to receive resources for free? The SBCV Kids Ministry Conference has all of this and more. This FREE virtual conference has 2 national-level speakers, over 40 breakout sessions (plus a full Spanish track!) from state ministry leaders, and is the perfect opportunity to learn and grow in your ministry to children. Register to get access to ALL of the breakouts and the main speakers’ messages.
Bible drills help children and youth increase their knowledge, memorization, and application of the Bible. It also helps them develop memory skills. Find resources to hold a Bible drill at your church.
Youth speakers’ tournament challenges teenagers to grow spiritually by learning how to express their faith verbally. Preparing a speech involves prayer, research, and practice. Speakers will choose from a list of topics meant to challenge them and help them grow in their walk with the Lord.
Reopening children’s ministry will involve a lot of careful preparation. From creating more cleaning protocols to calming parents’ fears, there are a lot of unknowns. How will your church reopen its children’s ministry? Bill Emeott, who’s been in children’s ministry for over 30 years, shares the keys to reopening and provide some suggestions to make the process easier.
SBCV invited Dorena Williamson, bridge builder and author of the children’s three-book series, Colorfull, Thoughtfull, and Gracefull, to share how we can reflect the heart of the Father to our children and impact the future of our churches. She discussed how, as children’s ministry leaders, we have the greatest opportunity and responsibility to prevent racism and bias early in our children’s lives and help to cultivate diversity in our churches of tomorrow.
A panel discussion was held with David Short, Cathy Noell, Lynn Wampler, and Melita Thomas. They discussed creative ways to provide a VBS experience in the age of COVID-19. Watch the recording now!
Share ideas and connect with other children’s ministry leaders at the SBCV Kids Ministry Resource Exchange Facebook group!
Families are both ready and apprehensive about the lifting of the quarantine. How will your church calm the fears of parents bringing their children back to church? SBCV Kids has developed these guidelines to help ease the minds of parents as they bring their children back to church.
As the concerns over the Coronavirus have been increasing, many churches have decided to move an online platform. Many parents and churches have been asking LifeWay about digital content for kids, and because of that, LifeWay has created a LifeWay Kids at Home Digital Pass Experience. They have instructions available for The Gospel Project for Kids users, and for all others who do not use TGP. Download the PDF for information on what LifeWay Kids at Home is and how parents can get access to it.
Churches are beginning to discuss their plans to resume corporate worship, small group Bible studies and children’s ministries. After several weeks of isolation and distance ministry, the question has shifted suddenly from when we will get back together, to how we will get back together. How and when may look quite different from state to state, city to city, and church to church. Your plan to reconvene needs to take into consideration the official federal, state, and local guidelines for gathering in your area.
The Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia (SBC of Virginia) has provided resources for churches in doing ministry during COVID-19.
Online reporting is now open and deadline is November 15. Paper reporting is no longer available.
In this strange season of unprecedented circumstances, we’ve all found ourselves needing to get creative with different aspects of church ministry. As programming needs and methods shift, one thing remains the same—people need to hear the good news of the gospel, perhaps now more than ever. VBS is the single largest evangelistic outreach of the year for most churches. So we’ve got to get creative in how we effectively—and safely—utilize this important strategy to reach our communities this year.
In the coming days, LifeWay will release practical helps, FAQs, and other resources to help you conduct Concrete & Cranes VBS HERE. Stay tuned!
Children’s Ministry (SBCV Kids) is a resource for all ministries with children from birth through sixth grade with the goal of equipping churches and families to lead children to become fully committed disciples of Jesus. Children’s Ministry resources include:
SBC of Virginia is networking children’s ministry groups across the state! Want to get involved, contact Cindy Middaugh today!
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Contact Cindy Middaugh (email@example.com), our children’s ministry strategist, to find more church templates/policies and other convention templates.