Opening the Bible and teaching our kids is such an important thing to do and giving a Kids Talk during a church service can be a great way to do this. As you speak to the children, you’re also modelling how to talk about Spiritual things to parents and other carers. How amazing, that our church family can encourage and build one another up in this way!
Some Big Principles
This is super important stuff! You’re opening the Bible and teaching it to little people that Jesus died for. So…
- Remember to spend time in God’s Word as you prepare. Don’t skimp on this.
- God’s Word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. Pray that God would do His work in the hearts and minds of those who hear it.
- Children are precious to Jesus. He welcomed them and gave them special honour. We need to make sure that the way we treat our kids reflects this.
- When you feel inadequate for the task, remember that it’s GOD who is at work. So pray, prepare, and then trust Him with the results.
What we’re trying to do is teach the Word of God to our kids. That means working hard at:
a) Teaching the Bible, and
b) Applying it to kids
- Pray. For God’s help and for the children you’ll be speaking to.
- Read and re-read and re-read the passage. What’s it about? What’s the main point? Can you say the main point in one sentence?
- Have ONE Big Idea that you can condense into one sentence. You just will not be able to say everything there is to be said about any given passage. That’s okay.
[ASIDE: It might be worth checking your main point with the preacher or Kids Church teacher, just to make sure it fits with the rest of what’s happening.]
- How does this one Big Idea apply to kids? What does it mean to them?
- How are you going to make the talk engaging?? Try to find something that kids are familiar with and bring it into the world of the Bible.
– Kids love stories. Is there a story you can tell that will make your main point? Is there a Bible story that’ll do it?
– Can you use something visual? Pictures? Puppets? Props?
- Have you told them the Gospel? In other words, does it point your kids to Jesus?
- Pray with them to finish.
- Keep it to 3-5 minutes.
- Make sure the kids know that what you’re telling them is from the Bible and it’s true
- Speak to the age group you think will be most easily distracted.
- Speak to Kids, not the adults who are also in the room.
- Say things simply, but not in a manner that’s condescending. Kids are similar to us, and different. They want to be respected and they are very concrete thinkers.
- Repeat your Big Idea throughout the talk. That way they’ll remember that’s what the Big Idea is, and it’ll help keep you on track.
We know that our Lord loves children and the time and effort you spend preparing and doing this serve both our God and our kids.
by Emma Fooks