by John Hailes/ May 1, 2021
On Sunday May 30th, churches across the country will be hosting a Called Kids Takeover in their services. The purpose of this campaign is to release children to do ministry in their local churches. We believe that if we can give children a taste of ministry now, then it might begin to open their eyes to the call of God on their lives.
You can host a Called Kids Takeover on any day of the year, but we thought it would be pretty cool if there was one Sunday when children across the nation were engaged in doing ministry in the local church in ways they hadn’t done before.
We would love for you to consider handing over part or all of your kids’ services on May 30th to the children in your church. Children could take over greeting, leading worship, hosting, leading the game, telling the Bible story, or even teaching an object lesson.
So how do you go about hosting a Called Kids Takeover?
1. Sign up so we can track all the churches hosting on May 30th
2. Determine the roles you want kids to fill
Take time to consider what segments of your service you are willing to let kids take over. List all the different roles that need to be filled.
3. Assign kids to each role
Match each role to a child that you think would enjoy doing it, or ask the kids which role they would most enjoy doing. Make sure you inform parents and children of the role you are asking them to commit to. This will ensure they are available and willing to participate.
4. Send the service notes or job descriptions to kids in advance
As you prepare for the Called Kids Takeover Service, send parents and children the notes for their part of the service that they will need to prepare or practice. You could easily break down your regular curriculum.
5. Promote the Called Kids Takeover
Share the news of this day with the church, and encourage kids to invite their friends as they take over the kids church. There are some social media templates available on the website at www.kidmin.ag.org/called
6. Host a practice for the kids
It’s important that this experience is a growing experience for the kids. We don’t want to frighten them from doing ministry in the future, so it’s important that we help them prepare and practice for what we are asking them to do. This creates a great opportunity for you to invest in the kids and give them valuable feedback on how to do ministry.
7. Everyone arrives early on the day
Make the day special for the kids involved. Celebrate them and help them feel at ease. It’s always worth having kids arrive a few minutes early to make sure they are ready to go.