Dialogue instead of monologue. If a child has to sit still and be quiet for an hour while listening to a teacher do all the talking, they are going to feel bored and lonely. But when you involve kids in the lesson and give them opportunities to talk and interact, they will enjoy it more often.
Friends. Obviously when a child is able to make a friend, he or she will not feel as lonely. Give kids the opportunity to talk, engage with and interact with other kids.
All of these points can work together to help new children and kids who are struggling with loneliness to make friends that will help alleviate it.
Often when a child becomes disheartened with attending church, it is because they are lonely. They have a hard time “fitting in.” No one would talk with them. They just sat in a row of chairs and had no opportunities to talk with those around them about the lesson or do an icebreaker so they can get to know the other people around them.
Do you have any kids in your ministry that are lonely?
What are some steps you can take to minister to them?
How can you get them involved with other kids?
How can you show them the unconditional love of Jesus?
How can you introduce them to the “friend that sticks closer than a brother?”
This article about helping kids not be lonely at your church originally appeared here, and is used by permission