Children's Ministry Space: 4 Ways to Create More than a Flashy Theme Blog Feature
Lynn Pickard

By: Lynn Pickard on June 09, 2015

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Children's Ministry Space: 4 Ways to Create More than a Flashy Theme

Church Design | children's ministry space

For many churches, attracting and retaining families is a high priority. One way to do this is by creating a dynamic, stimulating environment for kids—one where kids are captivated by the features of the room and where parents feel confident their children will be safe and have fun while they worship in an age-appropriate space.

There's no question a brightly-themed classroom can grab a child's interest. And done appropriately, themed children's areas can communicate the church's overall DNA in a compelling way.

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But how do you resist the urge to create a flashy children's ministry space that isn't flash-in-the-pan? Here are four principles to consider as you're making plans to create a new children's ministry area in your church.

1. Be Relevant, Not Trendy

When designing your children’s area, you want something that’s going to last longer than the trendiest cartoon character. Keep it fresh for years to come with themes that are timeless and captivating to any child, such as nature or local landmarks. Or consider using materials that allow for changes in your displays with each new season or round of VBS. Sometimes, 3D elements can add a "wow" factor to an otherwise simple room, but so can other details (see #4).

2. Align with Your Church’s DNA

For children’s ministry to be effective, it needs to be aligned with the church's overall mission and vision. The best way to ensure that your children's ministry is in sync with the rest of the church is to base it on the church's essential DNA—who are you as a church? What unique mission has your church been called to fulfill? How does your children's ministry play a part in building a bridge to other generations in your church? As you become clear on how your children's ministry contributes to the overall mission and vision of your church, decisions about theming, color palette, furnishings, and other space-related details will become clear.

3. Pay Attention to Detail

Little details can make a big difference. Explore new materials, such as acrylic panels that act as display cases, carpeting that comes to life as part of the theme, or surfaces that children can touch and interact with. And never underestimate lighting. By adjusting its position, type, or even color, something as simple as lighting can change the entire atmosphere of the room.

4. Be Flexible

Creating a children’s ministry space is a process. It’s not like canned food you pull off the shelf; it takes time and collaboration to come together. Being open to ideas you hadn’t thought of and being willing to shift your point of view will go a long way toward building cohesiveness in your church and creating something special in your children's ministry area.

Aspen Group, or another building professional with experience in ministry projects, can be invaluable in helping you create vibrant children's ministry space. And make sure not to skimp on the visioning end. Having someone help you define and communicate your church’s vision and DNA through your children’s space will ensure that you get more than just a flashy theme.

Below are images from three past projects where Aspen Group incorporated these principles. Click on an image to learn more about the project.

Vineyard Church Windsor Road Christian Church Parkview Christian Church

What types of ideas are you incorporating into your children's ministry space? Comment below to let us know. And for more advice on how to bridge generational divides and create a vision-oriented environment for all age groups, watch Jessica Stollings' videos on Building a Multigenerational Ministry.