Connecting with kids might just be the most important thing that happens in Kids’ Club. It starts the moment kids arrive, with a smile and hello. Or, even better, a high five and “great to see you!” From then on, every interaction is a chance to connect.
The good news is, connection happens in lots of ways. Like when we get down on the kids’ level and pretend to be a robot, play games with them instead of just supervising and dance during worship. In other words, connection happens when we act like kids.
It also happens when we show kids that we care about what they care about. So ask them about anything, from the best and worst part of their day …to their favorite video game. Even bringing up the latest family blockbuster can be a great way to spark conversation.
We can also offer empathy to build connection. It might feel strange at first, but gently saying, “It seems like you’re feeling angry today,” will offer kids a safe place to share their emotions. Maybe a mad kid is really sad. Maybe a shy kid is really lonely. Connection happens when kids feel understood.
The best part is, kids who feel connected not only feel safe to ask tough questions and share real struggles but they also experience firsthand what Jesus’ love feels like. We might get a chance to give them grace. Or explain who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. Or show them how it feels to belong.
In other words, authentic connections with volunteers …can lead kids to authentic connections with Jesus. Which is really the most important thing that happens in Kids’ Club. So any time we get to spend pretending to have superpowers, hearing about the latest birthday party or wiping away tears, is totally worth it. Thanks for being a part of the team.
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