Putting together games and activities for midweek children's church programs can be a hassle between the Sunday school programs. Wednesday night kid's ministry doesn't have to be dull, and in fact, can be a great time to put together fun activities and events for the youngest attendees.
Musical chairs is a classic game with easy rules most kids can follow. The basic premise, is for the group of children to walk around a circle of chairs as music plays. The catch here is that there is one less chair then number of children, so when the music stops, the kids will scramble to an open seat. This is repeated until only one child remains. For music, use their favourite faith-based songs to sing along with.
Following the same basic rules as the TV game show, Bible Jeopardy incorporates themes, stories and scriptures into its questions and categories. Using a dry-erase board for the game board, ministers can draw a grid with various points corresponding to the category at the top of the column. Keep a list of questions for only the "host" to read that matches up to each category and point value on the board. Children should be placed in groups of roughly even numbers, depending on the number of players available. Each team must choose a member that will silently raise his or her hand when the team is ready to give an answer. Once the board is cleared, the team with the most points wins.
This quick game can be played every Wednesday night, and is especially fun for older players. The activity is simple: the children of the classroom are challenged to recite the books of the Bible on the spot. The winner may receive a chocolate bar or other small prize. There can be more than one winner, and children should be encouraged to try again.
The Guess-Your-Name Game
This activity can inspire loads of laughter and curiosity from children while teaching them about important Bible characters. Each child begins by having the name of a person in the Bible written on a piece of paper and pinned or taped onto their back. The children must then group together and ask each other Biblical questions until they recognise whose name is pinned on their back. The only rule is that the name of the Biblical character cannot be revealed directly.