Category Archives: Training Kids Wise Choices

Church Based After School Ministry: Teaching Children To Pray

One of the most important tools you can give a child to walk through life is prayer.

When was the last time you took time to teach the children about the importance of prayer.

One of my passions is to teach children to turn their self-talk into an on-going conversation with Jesus. There isn’t a moment in the day that we can’t be talking to Jesus and expecting Him to guide us and direct us.


What do you do with prayer? 

When a problem arises, where is the first place you turn?  In your day in/day out living, how often are you in a conversation with Jesus Christ?  When your life is going good, do you share with Jesus the excitement of what is going on in your life?  What about when life is difficult?

 How will you teach the kids to pray without ceasing if this isn’t your lifestyle?

How will you challenge them to move toward a victorious walk with Jesus if your walk isn’t victorious?

A lesson on prayer

Below is a prayer I’ve prayed for you.


I lift this faithful laborer up to You today.  Let him/her grow in his/her depth of conversation with You.  As s/he comes to You, bless him/her with a sense of Your presence.  Speak to him/her in his/her inner most being.  Oh Lord, I know You long to have a continual conversation with this child of Yours.  Please Lord; teach him/her how to speak with you constantly.  In Jesus name, Amen.



Church Based After School: Choices part 3


The Adult Challenge for this lesson is found here

The Reality Check for this lesson is found here

A Bible for each kid

Church Based After School: Choices – First Part of Lesson

The Adult Challenge for this lesson is found here

  • Lay out an obstacle course.
  • Have games (e.g., board games) for the kids to play while they wait for each other to go through the obstacle course.
  • Or during homework time, take the kids one at a time to go through the obstacle course.
    Have a volunteer in the obstacle course working with you.
  • Have obstacles that are easy to get over, under, or around and others that are impossible.
  • Suggestions for impossible tasks:  a stack of wobbly chairs over which the kids must go; a rug under which they must crawl, but they can’t move the rug; a math problem that is beyond their knowledge which must be completed before they move forward.
  • Suggestions for possible tasks:  stack of pillows to climb over; a table under which they can crawl; strips of string tied to chairs they must step through without touching.
  • Lay out masking tape to mark the course.
  • You may want to set up more than one obstacle course
    in different rooms if you have a lot of kids.

    • The object of this activity is to make the kids have to choose what they are going to do – the hope is that they will choose to ask the adult for help.
    • The adult should never offer help unless asked.
    • Bring the kids into the obstacle course one at a time; you do not want them to observe the others going through the obstacle course.
    • Explain to the kids what they are to do to get through the obstacle course.
    • Give them the sense there will be winners and losers and that time is important.
    • However, at no time indicate that you won’t help them over the impossible obstacles; while at the same time, never tell them that you will help them.
    • When they come to the impossible obstacles, there are several choices they can make; they can try to do it on their own and fail, they can give up and not go on, or they can ask you what to do.
    • If they ask for help, or ask you what to do, give them the ability to get around, over or under the obstacle.  Do not do the activity for the kids; just make it possible to be accomplished.
    • When a kid leaves to return to where the other kids are, tell him/her s/he will lose KidTrek Bucks if s/he shares with the other kids what s/he has been through.
    • The winners are those who ask for help.
      A volunteer could play the “devil” and encourage the kids to try and do it on their own.
      You encourage them to choose wisely. 

      1.     What did you first think of when you came to the impossible obstacle?
      2.     What did you do when you came to the impossible obstacle?
        You want to get answers from several kids who responded differently.
      3.     Who do you think the winners are?
        The winners are those who asked for help; they chose wisely.


Church Based After School: Teaching Kids To Make Choices Begins With You

When you make a split second choice what is it based on?

Most likely it is based on who you truly are. Not what you live on the outside but who you truly are on the inside. What is most important to you? What do you believe? WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?


If you want to train the kids to make wise choices you must begin
by taking a good look at yourself.

If we attempt to make choices in a vacuum without an awareness of who God is, we are going to be overwhelmed.  We will cower and take the easy way out each time.

 However, if we stop and acknowledge who God is, we will be empowered.  We serve the God of the Universe; He can make the sun stand still; He speaks and the seas are calmed; He can bring a human back to life and He can be everywhere at the same time.  Yet, He loves you so much He sent His only Son to earth to pay the price for your sins.  Almighty God wants to have an intimate relationship with you.

Do you believe God can overcome any obstacle in your life?  Do you believe He will do for you what you need done?

Think back over the past year; how have your beliefs affected the choices you have made?  Have you walked by faith or by sight?  Do your choices clearly tell the world who your God is?

This week you will guide the kids in discovering who the false gods are in their lives.  But they must first know who the one true God is.  Who/what are the false gods in your life?  Ask the Lord to show you.