What We’ve Learned About 4th/5th Graders in Small & Large Group

Every Kids Ministry knows that K thru 3rd graders are awesome, and if you carry out your ministry with excellence you can pretty much target what this age group will like and 90% of the time you can nail it. Now . . . on the flip side of that, 4th and 5th Graders are a bit more difficult. But let’s be even more specific, 4th and 5th grade boys can be difficult.

Here is what we’ve learned so far about how to create an exciting environment for 4th and 5th Graders in our ministry (specifically helping with our dudes):
1. In Large Group encourage competition between the girls and the guys through dancing during the worship time. They will go crazy to win, and at the same time they will let their guards down and have fun while rocking out to some tunes that glorify our God.
2. If you have a Large Group service JUST for your 4th-5th graders, HAVE THE SAME WORSHIP LEADER EVERY SUNDAY so the kids can learn to trust that particular leader.
3. During the Large Group story time talk to those kids as if you were talking to Middle Schoolers.
4. As mentioned above, have the same Storyteller every week.
5. In Small Groups, try and physically separate the 4th/5th Graders from the rest of the kids. If a 5th Grader can look across a room and see a 1st Grader then he or she will start to think that Kids Ministry is for “babies”.
6. Within the curriculum, they want more discussion about a particular topic and fun games that can relate. No activity sheets or anything else that reminds them of school.

In Cross Street we are constantly assessing our 4th/5th Grade bunch to learn how we can make church an amazing experience for them each and every Sunday. ROCK ON KIDS MIN!!!

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About Adam Bayne

I'm the Children's Pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN, a heavyweight Disney nerd, a lightweight sports fan, and an all-out fan of my wife and two daughters.
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