Compiled Ideas for Virtual Church School

Ideas for a virtual church school year.

  • Have your church school teacher/team record a short “welcome” message for kids and families explaining how church school will work this year. Compile resource bags and drop them off at homes.
  • Ask your senior minister to record a message to families stressing why holding time for church school/formation is important, even if it can’t be in person.
  • Find a date to gather families on your campus or elsewhere – appropriately socially distanced – or remotely for events like Blessing of the Kindergartners, Blessing of the Backpacks, etc. Consider giving a tangible item for each – bookmarks, headphones for remote learning, etc.
  • Consider moving “milestone” events (Bibles, learning the Lord’s Prayer, first communion, etc.) to the fall to generate interest and engagement. Drop off kits for each milestone (Bibles, bread making kits/instructions and juice, etc.) at homes. Schedule specific dates to introduce these milestone, have families complete a related activity between meetings, and then celebrate the milestone online together. Record the milestone event and share with the congregation.
  • Get creative with online “white board” options that will allow kids to type in responses to questions about the lesson.
  • Between gatherings, record short videos to post on social media or Tiktoks that introduces/reinforces the scripture or a theme for the week.
  • Incorporate a weekly children’s message into your church’s worship that includes an activity that families can do together at home.
  • Have your music/choir director host a weekly youth “sing a long” on Zoom or other platform. Record and share with the congregation and/or incorporate into worship.
  • Create a “joys and concerns” mailbox where kids can drop off prayer requests.
  •  Schedule a virtual “Blessing of the Animals” where kids can introduce their pets and receive a blessing or, depending on your numbers, do a drive by blessing at each family’s home.
  • Reach out personally to families who don’t engage within the first two weeks to see how they are doing and find out what would be helpful for them to support ongoing formation for their kids.
  • Be sure to reach out personally to kids on important dates like birthdays, birth of a sibling, illness, death in the family, holidays, etc. to reinforce the personal connection and support of the church.