Planning all-age worship - it is interactive?

by BIG Ministries
Posted at 09:38am on 18th March 2013

Here’s a brief checklist of things to think about when you’re planning and leading a time of all-age worship. Look at each individual item, and the programme as a whole, and think…

Is it interactive?
  • Is it moving quickly enough? (variety is crucial). As a general rule, aim for each activity to last NO LONGER than 7 minutes.
  • Interaction helps everyone engage, learn and worship. Interaction could be in the form of movement; sign-language; singing; using our senses; interactive stores; talking in small groups; making things and so much more…
  • Always give people a subtle ‘get-out’ clause, never force interaction!
As an example…
It could be that there are different ‘interactive’ things happening all at the same time. So, perhaps a traditional hymn about God’s amazing creation is sung, during which there’s a creative colouring activity or even digital photos being taken outside and then shared later. All these different things simultaneously facilitate lots of people in worship.

BIG Ministries are a charity based near Birmingham who love to have fun!  Their slightly more serious job is to resource the church with God-focused, high quality and fun events and resources.  They put on super-duper fun events where they help children to celebrate God in loads of different ways.  These events are called ONE BiG DAY and they happen all over the country.  Check our http:/ to find out more.  BIG Ministries also write music and written resources to help people engage with God, and help the children they work with engage with God too.