*the following thoughts are adapted from "The Best Hour of Every Kid's Week" by David Staal
When the best hour of the week is at stake, kids will drag their parents out of bed on Sunday morning and say, “Get up, we’re going to church. I don’t want to miss Greenhouse Kids today!”
Gifted communicators will creatively teach Bible lessons in a way that intrigues and engages children of all ages. Kids will hang on every word of stories, then talk about how to apply a biblical truth to their everyday lives. The learning experience will include drama, video, storyboards, fun activities, music children think is cool, and other creative components to help the Bible make sense.
When kids walk into the best hour, they see decor that is colorful, interesting, and bright. It’s a place they know right away is just for them and where they belong—even if they’ve never been to church before. A place they want to invite their friends to. Yet no matter how many friends they have or don’t have, it’s a place where they will feel accepted and welcomed.
The best hour has a small group of kids for every child to be part of, where it’s safe to talk about absolutely anything. And regardless of how the rest of the world treats them, they will hear encouraging words—never any comments that devalue or discourage. Yes, kids will taste biblical community and find it so delicious that they’ll ask for more!
And best of all, this hour will make a profound difference in their lives. This hour will reach lost kids—those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior. This hour will also teach all kids about how to become more Christ-like—in child-appropriate ways. If done well, the best hour will impact the way they live the other 167 hours each week—and even change the rest of their lives.
The best hour will appeal to the volunteers too. They will serve in teams so each person owns only a small, very doable piece of the hour, and builds caring relationships with fellow servants along the way. Their responsibilities will align with how they are gifted by God, so the hour will give them life, not drain their energy. Every one of them will understand how their role fits in the big picture of the church, and believe that reaching lost kids and teaching all kids makes a difference. Maybe volunteers will receive more than they give, making this the best hour of their week, too!
The questions that are birthed in the vision of “The Best Hour” are: How would this type of children’s ministry impact the rest of the church? Is the best hour too lofty a goal, can we really pull this off? What would Jesus expect from a children’s ministry?
Greenhouse Kids is here to try and answer those questions.