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Can Young Elementary Kids Serve In Church?

Can Young Elementary Kids Serve in Church?

Yes, of course they can.

Here are some suggestions.

* Picking up litter after church – drop candy wrappers, discarded worship folders, etc.

* Collect communion used communion cups. Whether they’re throwaways or glass, someone has to collect them.

* Help the ushers pass out the worship folders, bulletins or programs.

* Play or sing a solo or a group musical number. This could be offertory in the main auditorium or it could be in children’s church. Look for opportunities for kids to use their talents.

* Ask a strong reader, to do the Scripture reading for the service. (Of course, you want to make sure he practices well before the big day.)

* Have them help you organized the kid’s room closet. Give them a specific task – going through the crayons and sorting by color and setting aside those all those little pieces (to melt together later multi-colored crayons).

* Welcome new kids (or adults). Teach kids to be friendly to visitors … and a kid welcoming an adult will get the newcomer’s attention!

* Drawing pictures, outlining the message for a bulletin board display.

* Picking up litter outside around the church yard.

* Setting up, taking down chairs … especially kid-sized chairs.

* Hand out fliers or anything else that needs to be passed out.

* Plant flowers. Twenty years ago, first graders at one church all planted tulips around the church sign. Some of those kids are married now … but every spring they can see the tulips they planted as kids.

What are some ways kids have served in your church?

Linda Weddle

Linda serves as part of the writing team for Awana. A 30-year KidMin veteran, her insight and influence have shaped the Awana curriculum at all levels. Linda is also a frequent speaker, writer, and workshop leader on issues relating to all aspects of children’s ministry.

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