Helping Kids Connect During COVID-19

Oct 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Cathy Skogen-Soldner

How do we keep kids connected to the church, and each other, during this season of separation? We simply plan and facilitate relational activities designed specifically for children.

Designate a small group leader to create a private Facebook group and invite parents to join, or create an email chain and invite people to use “reply all.” Just a reminder . . .

Kids like pictures. Pictures are a great way to make connections and get to know each other better.

  • Post pictures of their pets.
  • Post pictures of smiles; then challenge the kids in the group to guess whose smile is in the post (eyes, hair, nose and baby pictures work, too!).
  • Post a picture of something inside or outside of the house that reminds them of God

Kids like to talk and listen to each other.

  • Post what they love to eat for breakfast.
  • Post a rock scavenger hunt along with a devotional on “The Lord is my rock.”- Psalm 18:2. 
  • Post what they like best/least about school.

Kids like to laugh together.

  • Post something that made them laugh this week.
  • Post a joke.
  • Post video clips of themselves laughing . . . it’s contagious.

Kids like to do something to help out at church . . . even virtual church.

  • Invite them to create a video playing a piano piece.
  • Encourage them to help write the prayers for a worship service.
  • Ask them to read a scripture lesson for virtual worship.

Kids like parties and mission projects.

  • Post something they did to care for the earth this week.
  • Issue a “serve one another” challenge and then report back to tell the group what they did to help someone out.
  • Post birthdays so everyone can send birthday greetings.

Lastly, use the mail because kids love getting something in the mail.

  • Mail care packages to kids that include a craft, snack, Bible verse and a few questions to ponder.
  • Mail a note. Enclose an extra note card (& stamp!) so children can reach out to others.
  • Recruit adult pen pals and prayer partners to make personal connections with children.

This is important work; I should know. Some of the connections I made at church as a child have lasted my whole life!

Topics: Children Ministry, COVID-19, Coronavirus

Cathy Skogen-Soldner

Written by Cathy Skogen-Soldner

Cathy Skogen-Soldner is composer and owner of Cathy’s Music and works as Coordinator of Children’s Worship Participation at St. Timothy Lutheran. Some of her best insights and creative ideas have come from nuggets she has received from the children in her life.

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