Families are often attracted to a church because of a thriving children’s ministry. Having a dedicated kids’ space that is safe and comfortable encourages parents and grandparents to bring their youngsters to church. If you’re creating a children’s ministry space, here’s how to make it an engaging space for kids of all ages.
Making the Best Use of the Space
It doesn’t matter if you have small classrooms or a large open space, though you should plan on having approximately 35 square feet per child. You can still create a one-of-a-kind space that meets the needs of employees/volunteers and the kids. Each space should be designed according to the activities that will take place. In large areas, you can use portable walls or room dividers to create a multipurpose space.
There will undoubtedly be a lot of supplies and materials that you need each week, and a lack of storage can make ministry time chaotic and disorganized. Bookcases, custom shelving, and storage totes with clear labels and color-coding can keep everyone on the same page with organization. Toys, books, handouts, and other materials are more easily accessible when properly organized.
Your ministry space should be customized to children, including tables and chairs that are smaller and more convenient for their size. You also need to consider which seating arrangements will work best for the space. One of the most common seating arrangements is to group chairs around a focal point, such as a lectern, desk, or media screen. Small tables in a crafting or snack corner keep messes contained and make it easier to supervise the children.
Decorating the Space
All the areas of your children’s rooms should be filled with lots of color and natural light. Children are curious and energetic, and bold colors and patterns will grab their attention and pique their interest.
When possible, create your spaces where there are lots of windows or access to the outdoors. You can use outdoor space as a classroom extension, giving you more room and opening up new activity possibilities. If there aren’t enough windows, use supplemental lighting fixtures and include bright bulbs or accent lighting.
In addition to bright colors and patterns, use different textures and prints to create a vibrant atmosphere in your ministry space. Wall hangings, curtains and rugs can bring in color and style, though be mindful of the need to continually clean and sanitize areas that will receive a lot of traffic and touching. You don’t want your decor spoiled by stains and hidden bacteria. Hang artwork made by the children to personalize the space.
One last consideration is the materials you use in your children’s ministry space. Whenever possible, choose easy-to-clean substances like plastic tables and chairs and tile floors. Any kids’ space is bound to have its share of spills. Make clean-up easier and more efficient by using stain resistant materials.
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to create an attractive and functional children’s ministry space. If you’re shopping for furniture such as plastic chairs and folding tables, contact ChurchPlaza to discuss your needs. Our product representatives are happy to assist you through the process! Call us at 1-800-927-6775 or reach out online.