Designing a Worship Service and Curriculum for Preteens

March 21, 2012 — 1 Comment

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A team of leaders and myself have been dreaming and planning for the future of preteen ministry (5th & 6th Grade) at our church. Many of them have felt God leading us to make some changes, and He has paved the way for some exciting ministry in the near future.

We are currently in the planning and writing stages of the process. We have put together a service schedule and a 2 year curriculum track that will become the future of our 5th and 6th Grade ministry. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” In addition to the team of leaders around me, I want to gather the input from others who are ministering to preteens.

Here is a link to the draft of our preteen service schedule and 2 year curriculum. We’d love to have your input and hear about your experiences in working with preteens:

Download the Service Schedule & 2 Year Curriculum

You can also help by leaving a comment to answer these questions:
1) What are the cores lessons every preteen needs to learn?
2) What do your preteen small groups look like? Number of students? Leaders? How much time?
3) How do you partner with the parents of your preteens? (family services, email, text, newsletter)
4) What is the most effective special event you’ve done with preteens?

One response to Designing a Worship Service and Curriculum for Preteens

  1. THIS IS SUPER COOL! I loveee the curriculum yall have come up with! It has inspired me to continue seeking God more and more as I endeavor to lead our preteens toward His truth.

    After reading through all that you have planned for the next 2 years I honestly believe it will be a great success. I especially love the time for preteens to pray for one another. This is area of Christian life (specifically prayer) is something our ministry is heavily pursuing with our preteens.

    I am honored by the opportunity to share my opinions and ideas about preteen ministry with you. I pray that they are simply read as “ideas and opinions” I am just another servant of God trying to help other servants! I by no means consider myself an all-knowing authority on preteens 🙂

    1.) I feel like every preteen should learn to “own” their faith. When they were children, their parents told them to look both ways before crossing the street. Now as preteens, I believe they should learn “why” they look both ways, they should know the full truth of the Gospel and begin to practice their faith both inwardly and outwardly. Also, I firmly believe preteens need to be aware that though they are considered young, God can do amazing things through them. The same Holy Spirit that led the heroes of our faith is the same Holy Spirit residing within their hearts and nothing is impossible.

    2.)Our small groups are usually no larger than 12 to 15 students each, with at least 2 teachers in the room. I feel that this is a good size for our preteens because it’s large enough to promote diversity of thought, yet not so large that shy voices are drowned out.

    3.)When communicating with parents, we use tons of electronic media, as well as periodic parent meetings throughout the year. Facebook is a great way to engage parents, Shutterfly is an awesome way to create a password-protected social site to show pictures from events and such. We also use a monthly newsletter! Parents tend to be bombarded with itineraries are schedules, so we try our best to keep information flowing into whichever niche suits our parents best.

    4.)Our most effective special event is by far, Preteen Night Out. We have this event on the 2nd friday of each month and it has been a HUGE success. I lead about 6 other university students to plan the craziest night of games and fun possible. There are no adults, which the preteens love. I have made games involving a giant cardboard box maze to relay races wearing extra-large “whitey-tighties”! It lasts from 6:30PM until 10:30PM, and we usually conclude with more snacks and a movie around 9:30PM. Many of our preteens invite friends to spend the weekend at their house and they come to PNO and then Sunday school the following Sunday.

    Sorry I wrote so much stuff! I absolutely love preteen ministry and writing and talking haha so it’s a fun combination.
    I’m praying for you and your ministry!
    Be Blessed!

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