If you are looking for something to do on Wednesday evenings, then "Fishers of Kids" is the curriculum for you.
Bring the family and worship God together. A number of churches have been using "Fishers of Kids" curriculum for a Family Night Service, and are loving it. In my years of Children's Ministry, time and time again when a parent came in to watch and see what we did, they left saying, "I learned more this morning in children's church than I do in the adult service."
One of the biggest problems of the church today is that our kids do not know the God of their fathers. They know the God of their Preschool teacher. They know the God of their Sunday School teacher. They know the God of their Children's Pastor and Youth Pastor, but they do not know the God of their father and mother. The last verse of the last chapter of the last book in the Old Testament says this, "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Malachi 4:6. Family Night with "Fishers of Kids" curriculum (or any curriculum for that matter) allows the kids to worship the God of their mothers and fathers, with their mothers and fathers. One of the greatest lessons we can teach our children is by example. When a child sees his parents worship and pray, it tells the child that God is real. It also is a great tool for parents, giving them a connection point to teach their children. When we teach the kids a lesson in Sunday School, chances are they will hear that lesson one time, and won't hear it again for many years, if ever at all. When we teach families together, then when the lesson we are teaching comes up at home, the parents can rehearse what they learned, and reinforce the truths taught. For example, there is a section of "Fishers of Kids" on the ten commandments, and one of the lessons is on "Thou Shalt Not Covet." If we teach the child in children's church, and if he is actually paying attention on that particular Sunday, he may hear it, and may even remember it (God willing), but chances are that lesson will not be taught again. If we teach the lesson to the family, then when the child struggles with coveting what his brother or sister, neighbor or friend has, the parent can sit down with the child, review the lesson they learned together, and apply it to the child's life. Then when he or she struggles with that area a couple of weeks later (and they usually do) the parent can review it again.
As a children's minister, I know and understand the importance of teaching the Word of God to the children. In the eighth chapter of Acts, the eunuch was reading the scripture, but when asked if he understood he said, "How can I, except some man should guide me?" (Acts 8:31). Philip then explained the meaning. This is a great example of the importance of Children's ministry. What good is a sermon to a child if he does not understand it? But I also know that the greatest teacher of these biblical lessons is not me, the Sunday School teacher, but mom and dad. It is not my job to take the place of mom and dad, it is my job to stand beside and reinforce the beliefs of mom and dad to their kids. I believe God is crying out in these last days, as he cried out in the last days of the Old Testament, desiring to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest he come and smite the earth.
I believe great results are waiting for
the church who is willing to worship God together as a family.