Top 10 Children's Ministry Themes

Do you feel like your children’s ministry needs some new, creative ideas? Are you looking for a theme or plan for your next Sunday School lesson? Whatever you may need, these top 10 children’s ministry theme ideas are sure to do the trick. As you design your children’s ministry spaces, lessons, and plans, consider each of these themes a great way to add a little creativity to it all. When dealing with kids, you want things to be fun and exciting. These 10 ideas are sure to add an element of fun and excitement to your ministry!


Engaging Bible Stories and Characters for Children's Ministry


Whether it is your Sunday School lessons or the overall theming of your children’s ministry structure and design, Bible characters and stories are a great way to engage. If you’re wanting to name your kids spaces, you can give them themes like:


  • The Rainbow Room (Noah’s Ark)
  • Under the Sea (Jonah)
  • Giant Slayers (David and Goliath)
  • Lions (Daniel and the Lions Den)

Bible stories and characters are a great way to make the Bible come alive even more in your kids' ministry. So, if you’re looking for a series idea or theming for your decor, look no further.


Children's Ministry Theme: What Is Love?


The theme of love is covered throughout the Bible and can be taught so well to kids. They can learn to love their parents, siblings, and their neighbor. Utilizing the theme of love, you can teach them how to love their enemies and those who are not kind to them. In addition, you can talk about loving God and how to serve Him well. With the theme of love, the options are endless.


Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit 


[Blockquote] "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."

- Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)


The fruit of the spirit is a great theme for decor, games, a teaching series, or your Sunday School lesson. There are weeks and weeks' worth of content for your Kids' Ministry inside that single verse. You can center things around the theme of the fruit of the spirit as a group or you can use each individual fruit. There are some great lessons, games, and other resources on this topic available at Children’s Ministry Deals.


Find more ways to cover this topic with our article “Teaching the Fruit of the Spirit to Kids.”


Discovering The Miracles of Jesus


Jesus performed many miracles during his few, short years on Earth. The miracles of Jesus make a great theme for your Children’s Ministry lessons. You can teach about several of the miracles he performed and watch the kids' amazement at what God can do. As mentioned, curricula using this theme are available on Children’s Ministry Deals. There, you will also find family Bible lessons to encourage at-home learning and growth.


Fostering Friendship Through Children's Ministry Themes


Every kid can relate to the theme of friendship. They all need friends, want friends, are struggling to find friends, or they’re struggling to be good friends. This is a theme that can speak for weeks and weeks. Using this theme, you can teach in your Children’s ministry about:


  • How to be a good friend
  • How to choose the right friends
  • Friendships in the Bible
  • What to do when friends aren’t very kind
  • And the list goes on…

There is so much that can be done around the theme of friendship. It doesn’t matter if your kids are 2 or 12 years old, this one will resonate with all of them.

 

The Importance of Forgiveness 


Forgiveness is a difficult theme to cover in any setting. When people hurt us, it’s easy to stay bitter or angry, but Jesus called us to forgive. He said,


"If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins" (Matthew 6:14-15, NLT).


There are many important things to teach the kids in our ministries, but this is imperative for them to grasp at a young age. Jesus took forgiveness very seriously and we can too! This theme is also very relatable to kids of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone has been hurt before and we all have people we must forgive. As you teach on this theme, be intentional about discussion time and allowing kids to open up with an adult and each other!


Cultivating Courage in Young Hearts


One of the first challenges kids face in life is generally fear or worry. So, one of the top 10 Children’s ministry theme ideas is courage. When we teach kids about courage, we can teach them how to overcome scary things and how God is always with them. Fear isn’t something they have to live with forever. While they may feel scared or worried today, they can trust God and walk in courage. When things are hard at school, they can have courage. If they get scared at night, they can have courage. The subject can be well supported using Bible stories like David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Esther, and Moses (to name a few!). 


Children’s Ministry Theme: Finding Purpose 


One of the questions kids hear the most is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” So, why not theme our Children’s Ministry around purpose and their future? They are made with a purpose and God has a plan for each of them. Teach them how to pray and discern what God’s purpose for them may be. You can show them how special they are to God and how He made them with a purpose and a plan. While their life purpose may not be crystal clear as a child, the theme or idea of purpose being instilled in them will impact the way they walk through life.


Teaching Children How to Pray


If you can talk, you can pray! We’re never too young to learn how to pray. You can teach a series on prayer or have a prayer moment every week during your Children’s Ministry. Don’t just teach them how to make requests of God, but teach them how to pray big prayers of faith. Teach them how to pray for those who are hurting or suffering. Help them understand that prayer is about talking to God and connecting with God and not just about asking for things.


Dive deeper into this theme with our article “5 Creative Prayer Activities for Kindergarteners.”


Cultivating a Heart of Worship in Children's Ministry


Worship is foundational. When kids learn to worship at a young age, it sticks with them for life. We worship because of who God is. We praise Him for what He does. Teach your kids to worship and invite the presence of God into your Children’s Ministry. You’ll be surprised at how inspirational and transformational that will be for your kids. Don’t waste the chance to teach them the value of worship!


Bringing It All Together


So, whether you came here for creativity or important themes and ideas, you found the right place! Our list of the top 10 children’s ministry ideas should help you plan most of your year. In addition, there are many resources available to you on Children’s Ministry Deals to help make these themes come alive. 


As you consider your plans and themes for this year, keep these ideas in mind. Don’t forget, the theme can be fun and exciting, but if it does not lead them to grow in their relationship with Jesus, it’s probably not the best theme for you! 

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