Bring the Church Together with a Family Game Night


The biggest trend in Children’s Ministry over the last 5 years has been a focus on family ministry.   While family ministry looks different from church to church, the main idea is that as a church we want all our ministries to work together to enrich families.  Family Ministry looks for ways to bring the entire family together instead of overloading them with separate events that makes it impossible to spend time as a family.  A major struggle however, children’s, youth, and family pastors are facing are creating events and programs that are appealing for all ages.   At our church, we have found great success hosting family games nights.

We have a few goals for Family Game Night.  First, we want to create a fun time of fellowship among families.  Second, we aim to make sure that the entire family, regardless of age has a good time and feels included.   Lastly, we want to create a feeling of unity among the entire congregation by blending ministries together.

To achieve our goals, we had to put a lot of thought into the structure of the event.   First, we wanted to pick a night that families where available to be a part of.   We picked Wednesday night  because we already had youth and children’s groups that meet that night and so most of our parents already had Wednesday nights set aside for church.  Next, we decided to break the groups into 4 teams.  Each group member was given a color headband to match their team color and we required families to stay in the same group.   We also assigned groups based on the ages of the family members.  We wanted to make sure that each team had several members from each age group in them.

When it came to thinking of the games, we decided to make a game for each age group (preschool, elementary, youth, and adult).   We did not tell the groups that each game had a different target group that way they were excited all night long.  Between games, we played funny videos clips of game show bloopers to tie into the theme, and we also had a round trivia between games to keep the entire group active (instead of trivia, you could do the Let’s Make a Deal game where you list a random item like a water bottle or something green and the person who can show theirs first wins a point for their team) We kept score the whole night and had prizes for the winning team.  Continue reading

Top 5 Messy Games to Play at Church

messy games

Looking for a few game ideas that will have the kids talking about all week?  Try using a game that involves making a mess! Anyone who has ever worked with children know that messy anything is always a huge success.   I know, the clean up is never fun, but with a few trash bags and tarps, a messy game can be a very simple clean up.  Here are 5 games you can try at your church that are sure to be huge hits with your kids.

5.  Pudding Picrionary 


Pictionary is a great game to play with your kids, but this version steps it up.  Place some pudding down on a covered table and have the kids draw pictures with their fingers using the pudding.  You can use words from your Bible lesson to tie it into the theme.    Continue reading

5 DIY Projects to Take Your Children’s Ministry to the Next Level

Looking for a DIY project that will make a huge impact in your Children’s Ministry?   Here is our top 5 list of DIY projects that your kids will go crazy over and not take up your entire ministry budget.

5.  Connect 4

connect 4

Connect 4 has always been one of my most popular games in every single Children’s Ministry I’ve been in.  The game is very easy to understand and only takes a few minutes to finish.   Take it to the next level by making a life size version of this favorite games.  Right away, when you kids walk into your room it will have that wow factor that will make Continue reading

Top 5 Children’s Ministry Games to Play with No Prep


Let’s face it, we’ve all been there… have a group of kids in front of you at church and you have already ran out of everything you planned for the service.  Instead of offering the kids free play, use these simple but fun games to fill up time.  Here are our top 5 no prep children’s ministry games that will have your kids asking for more.

5.   Guess Who:  Pick one student to be the guesser.   Have the student step outside of the room and pick a different student to be the Who. Bring the guesser back inside the room.   The goal is to be the student who can find their Who the quickest.  Have all the students stand up and let the guesser ask questions about the Who based on their appearance (is a boy, do they have blond hair, are they wearing a hat).   It’s just like the board game and you can do several rounds in a short period of time.   Keep track of the student who guessed the Who with the least amount of guesses.     Continue reading