How many times have the kids in your ministry heard the story of Noah and the ark? How about Jonah and the fish? Samson? Chances are, there are at least several Bible stories that the kids (and adults) in your ministry have heard many times. Teaching on other stories in the Bible is great thing to do. What do you do if you want to teach a story that part of your audience has heard before? Here are a couple suggestions to help:
1. Do a skit of the story. How many times have your kids heard the story of Esther? If you act out the story, they are sure to pay more attention this time! This also gives your staff a chance to be involved in teaching the lesson. Want to switch it up? Give several kids the chance to act our the story! To do this, you need to give them the costumes and usually say their lines for them (have them repeat the lines after you, it will be funny!). Some of the kids will learn more by actually “being” a part of the story!
2. Try doing a dramatic reading of a story. To do this successfully, you (or another staff member) needs to really get into the reading of this story. Take the story of Jonah, for example. When Jonah gets angry at God, make it sound like Jonah is angry! When the Ninevites repent, make them sound repentful. The key to doing a good dramatic reading is including the character’s emotions in the reading.
3. Here is a classic method: Small groups. Many children’s ministries use small groups, but not all of them use small groups to their fullest potential. Do you have a story that might bring up a lot of questions? Teaching the Bible lesson in a small group helps the kids get the interaction with a leader that they need to better understand the stories. Let’s say you want to teach on the story of Elijah and Mount Carmel. The kids are bound to have a bunch of questions! Problem is, you might not have time to answer them all. Give your leaders a good small group sheet to help them teach the lesson, then let the kids ask questions as they go through the lesson. You will find that this method will be just as effective, and in some cases, even more effective than the “large group teaching.”
Well, there you go! Have more ideas for teaching Bible lessons? Drop me a comment and leave some feedback/suggestions.