So what did this look like?
It was simple, the department coordinator for the week (elementary and preschool) would gather the volunteers in an empty room 5 minutes before we started allowing kids to sign in. The coordinator would give any last minute announcements (it's communion week, so here's an extra time filler, there was a discipline issue that needed to be monitored from last week, the projector isn't working, etc.) Then we'd pray. If the group was small, everyone would have a chance to pray and if everyone showed up on time, then 2-3 people would pray specifically for that day.
What did we pray?
16 Things to Pray Each Week in Children's Ministry
- that God’s Word would be clearly taught by the teachers and understood by the children.
- that God would bring peace and order to the classroom allowing children to focus.
- that our ministry would allow parents to worship uninterrupted and they would be fed and strengthened for the week of parenting.
- that God would cause the children to have attentive ears, minds, and hearts.
- that volunteers attitudes, words, and actions would glorify God.
- that volunteers would not provoke children to anger.
- that volunteers attitudes, words, and actions would point kids to Jesus.
- that God would protect us and the children both physically and from distractions.
- that children would build God-honoring friendships and that relationships in the church would be strengthened as volunteers serve together.
- that visitors would feel loved and welcomed.
- that children would do what is right and pleasing to the Lord.
- that the children would show patience, kindness and love to one another.
- that the Gospel would be embraced with genuine faith.
- that we would respond in wise and God-honoring ways to rebellious hearts, inattentiveness, inappropriate silliness, etc. and call sin out for what it is.
- that parents would be encouraged and equipped to disciple their children in the home.
- that every child in our classroom would grow into a man or woman completely devoted to Jesus Christ.