Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Teaching KidZone -- Wednesday Night Children's Ministry

 On Wednesday nights, I teach KidZone, a children's ministry on Wednesday nights at the Episcopal Church I attend in Edmond. I'm the head teacher. I never saw myself as teaching a children's ministry class, but there was a giant need for a teacher at the church and they offered to pay me to do it. I'm not sure how much longer I will be able to be paid to do the job, but I know I'll keep doing it even afterwards, because it is a rewarding ministry. Let me tell you how my Wednesday nights go.

 When I arrive at the church, my boys and I eat a dinner prepared by one of the families for everyone participating in Wednesday night activities. Then, I drop them off at the nursery where they play together and watch movies. I head to my classroom to set up.

 Abbey is usually there by then. She's a nursery worker, but works as a teacher assistant when we have KidZone. She's a great help.

 We have a set schedule for each day: Play a game, Read a Story, Make a Craft, Watch a Movie. I post the schedule on the board. Abbey is in charge of creating a physical game to play with the kids, which usually just involves a game of tag on the playground if the weather is nice. We take turns reading a story out of my boys' children's Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible. I create a craft activity from ideas I get from Pinterest. And then, with the time remaining, we watch a movie. Right now we are working our way through the Chronicles of Narnia movies.

 I have my expectations also posted on the board, but my biggest struggle is with a few of the kids who are troublemakers. I'm also not a K-5 teacher, so it takes a lot of mind-adjusting to bring myself down to their level after a day with teenagers. But most of the kids are really fun, and I'm happy to make their time at Wednesday night church full of good memories and people who care for them.

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