Watching a Children's Ministry theme from start to finish is amazing! In this project we were hired to create several bible story themes for various classroom throughout the preschool space. The Moses room was a perfect room to set up the camera and film from start to finish how a preschool theme is created. Plus it was a large wall, measuring 34' wide by 8' high.
I often get asked the question about how to decorate a space that has to be used for a variety of purposes. These churches rent space somewhere every Sunday or they simply do not have dedicated space for kids because of current building limitations. They must share the same rooms with other ministries.
One of the big questions in creating a creative theme environment is how much is this going to cost me? Since I began designing children’s facilities in 1999 I have seen a once infant industry blossom into a major financial industry. I have seen churches that have spent several million dollars decorating their children’s ministries. Make no mistake, I love looking at every one of these designs.
In the beginning…. oh, where have we heard that before? When looking into creating a unique, creative children’s ministry theme it can be quite daunting. So, let’s take the pressure out of it. Designing a great theme is really a process of getting before God and asking him for an idea. Ask him what will work best for your kids and the demographic of your community. Do this step in the beginning before you get too far into the process. An idea from God can save yourself a lot of time and frustration.
Let’s take some time to go over how to brainstorm on a theme that will transform a kid’s room into something creative and unique. Now just a note, when I am brainstorming a theme I am not thinking typical wallpaper. I am thinking amazing! And know that amazing for me starts with a great mural design.
A couple years ago I wrote an article on the trends in Children’s Ministry 2008 and beyond. As I re-read the article I believe that I was really quite accurate as to what I believed would happen. So, what does 2011 look like and beyond? Here’s the way I see it…
In the last couple of years the industry has evolved to be leaner and more cost effective. As I had written before, the desire to have “over the top” themed spaces has faced a couple hard realities. One, the economy, and two, the reality that “over the top” designs didn’t really produce what some had hoped. Unfortunately, the feelings for themed work took a bit of a crash also.
There are so many great Biblical ideas to draw from when considering a Biblical theme. There are great events that occurred in towns, countryside’s, and water. To begin, you will need to consider which type of theme would best fit your church and kids. Maybe a combination of these or even all of these, if you have the space. Let’s get started!
In the mid 1990’s my wife, Michele and I were on staff at a church in South Texas. Our church, like almost every church at that time, had white walls in the children’s area. I remembered what an instructor had said at the Bible school we attended “When we get to heaven the walls won’t be origami white so don’t make your children’s area look like a hospital or an institution.” With those words playing in my mind I looked at the white walls. I was inspired to purchase a $3.00 book called “How to draw… Blitz Cartoons” by Bruce Blitz. It was from this simple kid focused book on cartooning that Creative For Kids found its humble beginnings.
So you want to create an effective budget for designing an amazing children’s ministry. Money, money, money. That’s all it takes to create something amazing for your children’s ministry. For some that’s $30,000 and for others it can be well over a $1,000,000 (million). No kidding, it’s been done!
"I can paint and follow instructions, but I don’t have the creative mind to come up with these ideas on my own. As I prayed for God’s leading, I found your site. WOW!!! I thought, hey, I can do this. I can do this! So we ordered the delux set. I will be planning next with our childrens’ pastor and a team of maybe one other artist in our church family. You have given us the keys to unlock the vision we have for our children’s church and preschool areas. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!"
- Michelle W.
Recently a competitor, in an attempt to generate business, made light of our product. But, more importantly they made light of you who have had the courage to paint your facility yourself. We at Creative For Kids take exception to their comments.
A treehouse or clubhouse theme is a great theme. It offers a host of opportunities from a design stand point that makes it potentially very fun and creatively enriching. Plus, it's a gender neutral theme so both boys and girls with appreciate it! In this article let's go over what kind of things will work well inside a clubhouse/treehouse theme.
I believe that one of the most important questions that should be understood is "who are we doing this for?" Well, who do you believe should get the most out of the creative theme design in your children's area? The teachers? The parents? Perhaps the children? All good reasons but there is a bigger picture here that will change your understanding of the importance of theme design.
Will your teachers be blessed? Yes! Will your regular attending parents be blessed? Yes! Will your regular attending children be blessed? Most definitely, yes! But your greatest priority is ...