~ Acts 2:44 NLT ~
It was the coolest experience EVER. I HIGHLY recommend trying it out yourself sometime, even if it isn't forced upon you by a dead minivan battery. It requires a small amount of technology savvy, a medium amount of patience, and a large amount of JOY! Here is the outline we used:
Supplies Needed: Access to YouTube, Paper and Markers or crayons, your child's Bible
Prep Time: None
Duration of Activity: 15 minutes
- Gather everyone together in one room.
- Choose one child to "open in prayer." Explain to them that they can say whatever they want to God - give examples, like: Thank God for this nice morning together, Ask God to help us learn lots about him today, Tell God what you like about him, etc. As parent, make sure to vocalize active listening "noises" (mmmhmmm or yeah!) while your child is praying out loud to encourage him/her - it's a pretty intimidating activity.
- Allow any other child to lead the family in song or prayer. (My three year old chose to sing a song he made up spontaneously that went "I love everybody because my name is Sam." I had everyone sing it along with him but changed the end to "because we are God's sons.")
- Play "Funky Jesus Music" by Toby Mac and let them get up and dance/run/jump/flail (appropriate) appendages.
- Have everyone grab a comfy seat for "sermon" time and play the YouTube video called KIDS - What is the Church? Feel free to pause at any point. The video is only 2:53 long (that's minutes & seconds) and incorporates a Biblical definition of Church, a Bible reading from Acts 2:42-47, and discussion questions at the end.
- Pause the video on the Talk About It screen and have family discussion time with those questions.
- Bust out the art supplies and have each child draw a picture of their favorite thing they just learned.
- Ask a child to lead in closing song or prayer. Same concept as opening prayer - try to encourage a child who didn't do opening prayer to do this one.
- Play "Good Morning" by Mandisa as a final closer. Encourage much wiggling/dancing/flailing again.