Teaching Tip of the Week
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Not Too Young
Many (most?) church nurseries are run like a babysitting program. It’s probably a combination of
an idea that the children are too young to teach anything important, a lack of patience with
these little bundles of energy (that I wish I had,) and a “this must be the right way to do
nursery – it’s the way they’ve always done it” kind of attitude. And unless someone offers to
organize and train workers for this ministry, it's not likely to change.
Here are a few things you can do to change the nursery into a time of ministry:
Doing this will not only start the children off on the right foot at a young age, but will also
help them make a distinction early on of church being a place where special things happen.
- Read them a Bible story or, better yet, use a visualized Bible lesson.
- Sing songs. Don’t forget that hymns are great too! Don't worry if they don’t sing along –
they love to listen to you. Even the babies benefit from having someone hold them and sing “Jesus
Loves Me” to them.
- Pray for the children by name. Try this either as a group (if they can handle it) or get with
each child one at a time to one side of the room or a corner.
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