Another hot topic this summer is TRANSITIONS– like a Dr. Seuss book, how do we get the people in our ministries from here to there? In the fall, many churches promote– moving kids and students to new rooms or areas, similar to what happens in school.
Watching my son’s elementary camp hosted by the high school basketball team, I had the thought that churches should do something like this too! He’s been so excited to meet the high school coach (he’s gone to a few games with his dad) and some of his best players helping out. And they are meeting everyday at the middle school he will also attend in a few years. He’s amazingly aware of all this, proudly wearing his t-shirt with the high school emblem, already looking forward to this time in his life. And when those teenage players show him things to practice at home to get as fast and skilled as they are, you can bet he’s paying attention and trying it at home. Genius!
I wonder what would happen to the slow fade if more student ministries in our churches tried something intentional and fun like this? What if they created some sort of summer program, with specific goals of meeting kids that will some day be students and giving them a sneak peek of what’s to come, even a look at the space where middle school and youth meet? I bet the excitement would be easy to see.
Dan Scott, a creative children’s minister at Ada Bible church, posted a video created as a teaser for their Student Ministries along these lines. Check it out on his blog. What other ideas have you seen or things have you tried to help with transitions between age groups in your church?