EVENTS (Page 3)
black out sunday
Black Out Sunday
The Sunday following and major holiday is always a noisy and active day...and when the event lands on a Saturday, you know that the following day is going to be wild!
However, you can change this but simply changing the lighting, the seating arrangement, and all the "things as usual" routine.
Turn on several battery-operated candles (or battery-operated lanterns) and place them in the center of the circle (telling the children to remain where they are...not touching the candle).
Turn the lights off! Allow the children to lay down on their stomachs if they wish...but facing you.
Don't be a stickler...if they are not looking at you but they are listening and they are not disturbing others...let it go. The object is to get through the day and to plant whatever seeds you are able to plant for the day.
Now it's up to you!
I normally do not PLAN a lesson for this day. I simply allow the Lord to lead the entire morning. I like to have several topics in my head to get things rolling and to keep the children on track. But basically, I engage the children in conversation. With the lights low, they feel more comfortable speaking and you will receive some wonderful responses.
Don't rush the day...let them talk. If you don't get through each topic...it's ok. If that is what is on their hearts then just run with it. Ask thought-provoking questions and allow the children to speak.
Remember, it's their time to speak...don't dominate the morning...simply guide the conversation and go with it. Expand on their conversations and see where God will lead!
Following are a few ideas that you may want to add...but remember, keep everything simple and calm for the most part.
Use the template below to add any details that you would like to add to your event...wear all black, wear all white, free glow sticks, free pack of starburst, etc.
Finish your day off by giving the children glow sticks and singing a song (about light)...with the lights still off. Here is a really fun song that is super simple and easy to follow. Kids can sing and wave their glow sticks in the darkness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODLB8K7CZxY
A little tip...if you have...or can purchase... a light projector to project stars on the ceiling, it will add to the atmosphere. Use only stationary stars...nothing that involves motions or flashing stars as that will only lead to the movement of the children. Something similar to this. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Color-Constellation-Star-Projector-Lamp-Night-Light-by-Hey-Play/347945868?athbdg=L1800
Add whatever you would like...but remember to keep the day simple!
wonders of winter wildlife
Looking for a fun winter event? Hosting a Parent's Night Out for Valentine's Day? Are kids being dropped off at the church for an evening of fun? Why not host a Wonders of Winter Wildlife event. Create bird feeders...or gather some of your crafty men together to help the children build/paint birdhouses. If you live in an area where Park Rangers are available, consider contacting them about teaching the children about winter wildlife. My kiddo's ALWAYS love our nature hike and wildlife days!
Looking for an easy Palm Sunday event for your Children's Church or Sunday School classes? Try an Easter Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt. Send the children out with a list of items to find. When they are finished, take one item at a time and read the appropriate scripture (Easter Lesson). Have the children share what they found and what it represents...allow them plenty of time to talk...you will get some pretty amazing responses.
When we did this event, it was a super cold day. I sent the children out to find one item at a time. When they brought their items in, we reviewed them and then sent them out in search of the next item. This gave them time to warm up between each item and allowed for some AMAZING responses from the children.
Back to School
Ice Cream Blast
Send them off to school with an Ice Cream BLAST! Complete with a FREE COLOR CHANGING SPOON!
Serve Sundae's, Banana Splits or any ice cream treat that you choose!
Spoons can be found by searching on the internet...Color Changing Spoons!
Spoons will change color when they get cold.
You can also order color changing bowls, straws, etc if you choose!
Here's the scoop
Send them back to school with an Ice Cream Blast. Create a giant sundae, make ice cream in a bag or churn your own ice cream. The sky's the limit.
MORE FUN IDEAS TO MAKE YOUR ICE CREAM BLAST....A BLAST!!!
10', 20', 30' Sundae
Ice Cream in a bag
national ice cream day - family event
Sunday, July 17th is National Ice Cream Day. (The date changes annually but it is always on a Sunday) Editable PDF's are available above. Download and create your own special event.
Host a Family Fun "Bring your own topping" day.
The church provides the ice cream and everyone else brings the toppings!
How fun is that?
national watermelon day
August ? (Event is normally the first week of August) is National Watermelon Day. Celebrate by hosting a Family Fun Day for the entire church or a children's event with a seed spitting contest, pass the watermelon, watermelon eating competition, and much more!
The new school year will be here before you know it and there will be LOTS of children in need of school supplies.
Host a "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive in your community and help families...or teachers obtain supplies that are needed.
A church bus will work great however a school bus will attract even more attention.
Contact your local school bus lot, they are often receptive to supplying a school bus for this type of an event.
think outside the box
Think Outside the Box. This event can be done as a Family Fun Day or a Children's event. Graphics for both are included. Simply fill the box with odds and ends and send home. Families/children will create a "One of a Kind" item and submit a photo for a chance to win a prize, a homemade trophy, certificate or simply the title of "Champion" You can repeat this event as often as you like by using a different theme or medium. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Summer, etc. etc.
Tinker Tuesday (or Workshop Wednesday) can be done in several ways. Children may pickup a bag of misc. craft items (any theme that you choose...or no theme at all) on Sunday and create their own"one of a kind" piece of art at home (on Tuesday). Or, you can host an event each Tuesday...or as often as you like throughout the Summer, Spring Break, Winter Break, etc) and create the projects at church.
If Tinker Tuesday doesn't work for you? Try Workshop Wednesday instead. By switching up the theme or art medium, you can host this event as often as you like...use your imagination!! FYI...bags do not have to contain the same items...switch them up!
This event is a GREAT way to clean out your craft closet or use up odds and ends items that have been hanging around for way too long!
Homemade trophy's or hand made certificates are great prizes to hand out...or even the title of "Tinker Tuesday Champion" will work!
Tuesday's don't work for you? Try a Worshop Wednesday instead!
national lemonade day
move up /promotion day
Needing some fun ideas for Promotion Day/Move up Day? Try an Up! Up! and Away event...everyone will dress in Super Hero Cape, Mask, etc and give their fellow students a "Super" farewell.
Or, a Hip, Hip, Hip Hooray where everyone dresses in the favorite team colors, as a football player or a cheerleader...and cheer their friends on to their new class.
back to school splash
Planning a "Back to School" trip to the Water Park, City Pool or even a private pool event?
Download this FREE Back to School Splash flyer and start planning NOW!
No pool available? No problem, just host your own Back to School Splash event by using this flyer and my Water Olympics activity.
blessing the backpacks
It’s that time of year again...time for school to begin.
But don't let them go without a time of prayer for a safe and successful year.
One great way to do this is by hosting a Blessing the Backpack event.
Invite all the children to come to the front of the sanctuary with their backpacks. Depending on how many children you have, you may wish to recognize each child or grade level. You may wish to give them a prayer "Backpack tag" as a reminder that someone is praying for them.
POP TARTS AND PAJAMAS
Pop-Tarts/Pancakes and Pajamas
Food Pantry Mission Event
Make any day special by hosting a Pop-Tarts and Pajamas Event.
Children will arrive in their pajamas and enjoy pop-tarts/pancakes and milk.
Turn your event into a mission opportunity by asking family or church members to bring a box (or two) of pop-tarts for the church food pantry, school, or even Sunday schools so that children can start the day off with a full tummy!
A Pop-Tarts and PJ or Pancake and PJ is a great event for any time of the year...including Daylight Saving Day so that kids can simply roll out of bed and be at church on time.