So I have seen a few children’s ministry tour/remodelling pictures where there are seemingly amazing facilities filled with beautiful stages, incredible murals on the wall and spectacular entrances and their sitting in the middle of the picture are chairs.
Now first of all I get over the pangs of jealousy generated by the permanent facilities and I realise that of course the room is set up for a photo shoot.
But I have seen it a number of times in photos and videos of weekend services with kids spread all over the room – In the back of the room, in the sides… holes and spaces throughout the crowd.
There is only one reason for this – the chairs are set up before the kids arrive in the room.
You mission in life is to help these kids connect with God and with each other and you take one of your tools – seating – and leave it to chance?
Here are three rules of seating I just made up:
- Have the same amount of seats as kids
- Never have seats set out during praise and worship times
- Teach your kids the seating system/plan/fun way of making this tool work for you
Why do you put the chairs out?