Depending on where in the world you live, you are currently living under no covid restrictions or moderate to extreme covid restrictions. We probably thought we would all be back with one another inside a church building by now but alas here we are.
No matter where you fall in the covid argument, I think we can all agree that it has been hard, particularly for our kids. Some of our kids haven’t been able to step foot in Sunday school for almost a year now.
Where I live we had a period in 2020 where the church was open, with some restrictions may I add, but it was open. Sunday school was even open, but not for my child’s age group since two-year-olds don’t understand the concept of personal space and germs.
Let me tell you…. I’ve taught Sunday school for over 8 years but I’ve never appreciated Sunday school as much as I did during that time. Going to church with an energetic two-year-old and a newborn, without Sunday school is no easy task. He had me running up and down the isles chasing him.
Despite all the challenges that covid has brought, I am so thankful for the opportunity it has given churches to reach even more people online.
There are so many amazing kids services online today and while they can never replace actual Sunday School, they are fun, engaging, full of Jesus and perfect for the time being.
Here are the best of the best:
1. Saddleback Kids “Church at Home”
Saddleback Kids church has it all. They always have great worship paired with some sort of dance or actions, amazing lessons and fun activities. Each online service is about 20 minutes.
My favourite thing about Saddleback kids church is that they upload three different videos for three different age groups at a time. You can find a Sunday school program for Toddlers, Early Elementary, and Elementary ages!
Saddleback also has a great animated series that my child loves!
2. Hillsong Kids Online (Hillsong UK youtube channel)
Hillsong Kids is great! They have great interactive worship, skits that have funny characters, great lessons, and fun crafts! Hillsong Kids only has one video they put out to cover all age groups so it isn’t as diverse as the previous example but the quality is there and their videos can easily engage any age group.
Each service is about 25 minutes long.
You may know this church because of the Bible App you have on your phone. If you don’t that’s okay.
LifeKids has a great program that focuses each week on an episode of their kid’s show “Bible Adventure”. The main character Emily goes from place to place trying to find the answer to a question she has. By the end of the episode, the question is answered with a Bible verse that they make easy to memorize. It’s pretty great and is similar to shows like Blue’s Clues or Dora.
GoMinno is a subscription-based service. It’s like the Netflix for Christian Kids. You can find all-time favourites on it like Veggietales, Superbook, and What’s in the Bible?
When Covid hit, they were really quick to start a new series called “Church at Home”. Every week they have a subject and scripture focus. The episode will start with worship songs and move into episodes from shows on their platform that have that focus. Episodes end up being around 20 minutes.
GoMinno costs about 6.99 USD a month and although it isn’t free like the other suggestions, it gives you access to hundreds of episodes from so many different Christian shows for guilt-free screen time.
I don’t know how long this pandemic is going to last, but in the meantime, we have a lot of resources at our fingertips. It’s our job and pleasure to disciple our children, let’s use all the resources we can!