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Children’s Ministry Outreach Ideas: 21 Ways Kids Can Reach Kids

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Children’s ministry outreach ideas lead to events that offer wonderful evangelistic opportunities. At a recent outreach retreat, one young visitor decided to follow Christ. His parents came to church the next Sunday. “Our son came home so changed that we wanted to find out why,” they said.

That’s what outreach is all about: reaching out to people who normally wouldn’t attend your church. Below are ideas to help your churched kids reach out to their unchurched friends and families.

With these children’s ministry outreach ideas, take the time and effort to plan and organize well. Make sure kids understand that you want them to invite unchurched friends. Don’t worry: It won’t be tough to convince them! When you provide fun events, kids will eagerly let their friends know.

Children’s Ministry Outreach Ideas: Special Days

Kids of all ages will enjoy these themed events and activities.

1. Art Day

Invite a local artist to teach cartooning, color, line, and perspective. Have kids make masks or learn how to mix colors.

2. Gym Day

Rent or borrow a gym if you don’t have one on your church campus. Invite a local sports figure to offer a clinic for kids. Ask a local grocery for free drinks, and give a sponsor’s award in return with your thanks.

3. Game Day

Have kids bring their favorite table games. Hold a tournament and give prizes in each age category. Or make your own games. How about a huge Twister using different-colored paper plates taped to the floor?

4. Sidewalk Circus

Have children make puppets and create a puppet show. Take your puppet team to the city park and hold a sidewalk circus. You can also have circus-type acts, clowns, and balloons. Invite young attendees and their families to come to your church on Sunday.

5. Music Day

Have kids bring their own instruments for a band. Or have a kazoo marching band.

6. Ecology Day

Teach about reuse, reduce, and recycle. Have kids plant trees in your community or coordinate a paper drive. Communicate the ecology message from the standpoint that God created the world and gave us authority over it.