Sunday Morning Production & “Race This” Giveaway

Keith Tusing September 8, 2011 7

Sunday Morning Production & Race This Giveaway Children\s Ministry YouthYesterday we began a series on the “How-to” of a Sunday morning Children’s Church/Large Group production. Yes, I believe putting all the elements together to create a great learning environment can be properly called a production.  Today we are Giving Away one of our favorite “FUN ELEMENTS” – “RACE THIS.” This resource includes 10 “Dot Race” style tracks designed to engage and involve your kids. Our kids LOVE ‘EM!

So, how do we put together a Sunday Morning Production?  It all starts with the “End Goal” in mind and knowing the “Big Idea” that we want kids to remember.  Each week we start our planning with:

1. Time Allowed

2. Big Idea

3. Permanent Elements (Intro, Worship, Offering, Teaching)

4. Staff Available

From this list we begin to work forward by reviewing our OPTIONS:

1. Game Time (could be a race from “Race This”)

2. Object Lesson

3. Drama

4. Puppets

5. Bible Drill, etc.

The next step after selecting which elements we will use is to break it down into the time segments required for each.  From this we create a “Run Sheet.” This Run Sheet, once it is completed, is posted in the tech booth, in the dressing room and on stage.  Our goal is for the service to flow from one element to the next seamlessly.  We want the production to have a sense of forward movement from beginning to end.  Our greater goal is for kids to leave knowing the “Big Idea” and with them being challenged to “Do” something with what they’ve learned!

So, how do you WIN this FUN resource?  It’s simple!

To enter TODAY’S DRAWING for “RACE THIS” Volume 2, sign up for our CM Buzz Newsletter. We’ll draw a name first thing tomorrow morning from all our subscribers and announce the WINNER!

Double your chance to win by also leaving a COMMENT here at CM Buzz about your Sunday morning production order!

The Winner of yesterday’s “Countdowns & Transitions” DVD is Luke Alvarez! CONGRATS LUKE! Send an email to with your mailing address and we’ll get this right out to you.


  1. Beverley September 8, 2011 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Would love to have this for our Monday evening program to get the kids involved and cheering their favorite character or item.

  2. Tammy September 9, 2011 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I, too, focus on the Big Idea (call it the “Big Deal”) and we emphasize it pretty often (both on Sunday mornings & Wed nights)  If they take home NOTHING else, I want them to know that.  One of my CM mentors always said that he wanted the kids on the way home to be able to answer the question, “What did you learn about today in kid’s church?” not with the standard, “Ummm … God” or “ummmmm…  Jesus” but with a loud, confident repeating of the Big Deal!   :)   

    I try to put some simple hand motions with it too to make it a little more fun/easy to remember.  And rhyme is good too when possible.

    As for rest of service?  I, too, follow a pretty set schedule.  And, it normally flows pretty seamlessly b/c right now it’s just my 16 year old daughter & I that share the different elements.  We do use intro videos to segments (offering, game, announcements) and the kids seem to like those.  I am wanting to make some week-to-week little tweaks to keep it from being predictable BUT still keeping the flow from SUPER hyper/upbeat to more calm for teaching/worship at end.  Working on that  :)

  3. Candi Cussen September 9, 2011 at 9:16 am - Reply

    We normally have centers set up to transition as kids enter the room.  During this time we do a countdown video and then a clean up song.  Then we have worship (3 songs:  2 more energetic, 1 reflective).  Prayer, Bible story/lesson, prayer, small group activity, snack, and a game if time.

  4. Brandon Andrews September 9, 2011 at 9:28 am - Reply

    We have 3 element we have adopted from Church on the Move – What’s Up, Big Answer, What Just Happened.  We typically do our service order like this which works well:

    What’s Up – 2 High Energy Songs – Big Answer – 2 Worship Songs – Game – Message – Altar Time – Team Discussions – Final High Energy Song

  5. ktusing September 10, 2011 at 7:12 am - Reply

    I agree.  We want every child to be able to answer the “What did you learn today?” with confidence.  With focusing on ONE central idea each week it becomes memorable.

  6. ktusing September 10, 2011 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I love the ministry at Church on the Move.  If fact this month we have been using their “I Love My Bible” theme.

  7. ktusing September 10, 2011 at 7:16 am - Reply

    It’s great to have something like centers as kids enter the room.  Are the center activities tied to the lesson of the day?

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