7 Benefits of Using Apps for Your Children’s Ministry
in Technology / 15 Aug 2018
Are you looking for new ways to encourage the kids in your church to fall in love with God’s Word? Well, integrating apps in your children’s ministry is a great choice to consider. Why? For one, apps are highly popular among kids aged 5–10 years. What’s more, parents are increasingly supporting the use of mobile devices for learning.
So, why not leverage this trend to “teach kids on the way they should go”? Keep reading to learn how integrating apps in your children’s ministry can encourage your kids to read God’s Word regularly and memorise it.
1. ALLOW KIDS TO LEARN GOD’S WORD ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME!
Wouldn’t you like it if the kids in your church could continue to learn more about God outside Sunday school? Bible apps for children make it possible for kids to not only read God’s Word at any time, but also learn verses and lessons on the go. As a result, learning is no longer confined to the church walls.
For instance, each Bible story in the Bible App for Kids can be downloaded onto any mobile device, giving kids unrestricted access to God’s word, be it on a long flight or in the park. Additionally, this app features trivia questions and fun activities to help kids grasp and retain biblical lessons and values.
2. HELP CHILDREN UTILISE LEISURE TIME WELL
There’s no denying that children are increasingly becoming tech-savvy. In fact, 72% of kids below the age of 2 years use mobile devices for entertainment. What’s more, kids below the age of 8 years spend an average of 2 hours a day on mobile devices.
While changing this global trend may not be in your control, you could definitely help kids use their time productively. By introducing apps, you would enable them to spend more time with God’s Word.
Bible apps for children are specially designed to encourage kids to enjoy the Bible, learn valuable lessons and even memorise verses. The striking imagery, creative activities and interactive features found in apps are sure to get your kids coming back to the Bible for more.
3. ENCOURAGE CREATIVE WAYS TO LEARN BIBLE STORIES
In today’s digital age, solely using traditional teaching methods – at home or in classrooms – is no longer sufficient. To add to that, the average attention span of kids between the ages of 5 and 6 years is only 10–15 minutes. Therefore, teachers and parents need to innovate and introduce creative ways to teach kids. Well, apps do just that!
For instance, the Superbook Kids Bible App uses engaging trivia games to answer the most common questions from a biblical perspective, making learning enjoyable for kids. The app also features profiles of Bible heroes, places and artefacts found in the Bible to help kids get a deeper understanding.
4. PAVE THE WAY FOR MORE FAMILY TIME
Did you know that families spend less than an hour with each other every day? Moreover, when families do come together, most of their time seems to be spent in front of the TV. Are the families in your church going through something similar? If so, you can take steps to bring these families closer.
With a vision of helping parents do family better, the Parent Cue app equips parents to guide their kids in their spiritual journey. This app provides weekly “cues” – such as Drive Time videos, Hang Time activities and Meal Time discussion – to remind parents to connect with their kids in everyday moments, be it in the car or at the dinner table.
Isn’t this a great way to encourage families in your church to make the most of the smallest moments together?
5. MAKE GOD’S WORD RELATABLE TO KIDS
Some biblical concepts, such as sin, the Trinity and the Fruit of the Spirit, are not always easy to explain to kids. At the same time, they are essential aspects that need to be spoken about. Well, apps can help the teachers in your Sunday school and the parents in your church simplify big biblical concepts for the benefit of their kids.
Take, for example, the Gospel Message app by Awana. This app uses a ‘Gospel wheel’ that helps adults explain biblical concepts to kids across different age groups. In fact, this free app comes with three versions to cater for kids, teens and adults.
6. FACILITATE INTERACTION IN SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS
Encouraging kids to engage in classrooms is a common struggle faced by teachers. So, how can you help your Sunday school teachers overcome this problem?
One way you can do that is by introducing apps, such as Children’s Ministry Talk Starters: All About Me, which are designed to break the ice in classrooms and get kids to open up. Considering that 79% of teachers say that apps encourage greater collaboration among students, apps are not a bad idea at all!
So, why not equip the teachers in your kids’ ministry with apps to help them engage their kids?
7. OFFER ACCESS TO SEVERAL RESOURCES
Apps open doors to a world of resources that can help both the teachers in your ministry and the parents in your church. These resources will not only help teachers to prepare better for their classes, but also assist parents to reiterate biblical lessons at home.
For example, the Bible App for Kids offers a range of resources that are connected with the 41+ Bible stories on the app. As a result, these resources can help kids continue to reflect on the lessons learned and also put their learnings into practice via the activities suggested in the resource material.
In today’s digital age, it’s becoming increasingly evident that you need to use 21st-century tools to teach the 21st-century generation. Well, what better tools to leverage than popularly used children’s Bible apps?
Have you used any of these apps? Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page, and tell us which apps have helped you make your kids fall in love with God’s word. Also, if you have heard of or have used any other app, please share that with us too so that we can add it to this list. Together, let’s make it easier for parents and teachers to make Jesus known to their kids!
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