Big City Studio Bible Curriculum is designed to foster participation from kids and workers. Many churches have used it successfully to involve teenagers. Here are some ideas to help your teenagers serve in children’s ministry during weekend services.
1. Use teenagers to play the characters in the skits. Joe Nitro, the Christian stuntman, is well suited for any teenager who wants to be cool. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding a teenage girl to play Heather DeShay, the spoiled movie starlet. Haywood is the loveable director’s assistant who bungles everything he tries. That’s a fun part for any boy who enjoys cutting up a little. Other optional skit characters include Marty the Maintenance Man, Ted the Technician and more.
2. Teenage girls enjoy playing a Vanna White type character (letter turn girl) in Shout It Out. When kids guess a letter “Vanna” turns that letter over.
3. Put a teenager in charge of the “Stick to the Script” memory game and the “Z Street Live” game time. Both are game segments.
4. Most teens can run the “Make a Scene” Bible story time. Be sure to pick a teen who can command enough respect to quickly involve kids in the story.
5. Teens can talk/pray/listen to kids in small group breakouts. Pre-teens admire teens and will listen to most anything they say. This is good if you know your teens.
6. If you choose a teen that is very familiar with the lesson, they can even run the “Play Back” review time.
Caution: make sure your teens understand that this is a time to serve, not clump. Left to themselves, teens will form their own groups and talk. But once you get them over that tendency, you will have a great team of workers who will benefit from the opportunity to serve God. They will make mistakes, but don’t sweat it. Who doesn’t make mistakes in ministry? Roll with it.
Remember, it’s not the art of the performance; it’s the art of the participation.
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