The Children’s Ministries Toolbox contains useful resources for setting up and running a successful children’s ministries. Here you will find tools for helping in the specifics of children’s ministries in your church.
“Child Protection in the PCA”
All church leaders should become informed and take an active stance toward preventing child sexual abuse in the church by screening staff and volunteers, training them in child protection, and actively maintaining child protection policies pertaining to our obligations to love our children and protect their rightful interests as God’s image-bearers from the devastating actions of abusers. (Matthew 18:5-6)
From Overture 6 – Georgia Foothills Presbytery
CDM recommends the following resources regarding Child Safety:
Child Safety Guidelines for Local Churches by Roger N. McNamara
Safe Kids: Policies and Procedures for Protecting Children in the Church by Blake Caldwell
Preventing Child Abuse by Beth A Swagman (Helps churches and nonprofit organizations develop policies and procedures to protect children and youth.)
Safekeeping by Henni Helleman, Patricia J Vos (An age-appropriate two-session abuse prevention curriculum for grades K-8.)
Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, VA, has developed a thorough system and set of resources to protect children in their church. In addition, they have provided various forms for everything from a children’s ministry volunteer application and youth ministry staff applications, to a background check waiver:
- Child Protection Policies Manual (does not include forms)
- Pamphlet: Brief Overview of Child Protection Policies (to give to parents, workers, etc…)
- Children’s Ministry Volunteer Form
- Youth Group Leader Application
- Youth Ministry Leader Application
- Incident Report Form
- Applicant Disclosure Form (for applicants aged 15+)
- Background Check Waiver (for applicants aged 18+)
- Volunteer Screening Process/Protocol
- Local Non-Member Volunteer Screening Process/Protocol
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance provides an Online library of safety and risk management materials created especially for churches and related ministries. The website has articles, checklists, guidebooks and tools, publications, sample forms, and training.
MinistrySafe is another online ministry that trains church staff and volunteers in the area of child abuse prevention.
VBS Registration Forms:
- Sample VBS Registration Form (used with permission from Parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Irvine)
Looking for VBS resources? Check these out…
VBS Reachout Adventures: VBS Backpackers will see Jesus in new ways as they follow His radical journey from the Courts of Heaven to the cross on earth, and back again to His Heavenly Summit–all to win our salvation. Eyewitness Storytellers take your VBS children through the book of Luke to set their sights on who Jesus really is, and how that changes everything for them. This fun camping and hiking-themed adventure effectively engages churched and unchurched children through in-depth Bible lessons, daily Gospel Presentation, challenging Scripture memory, and loving service to others.
Great Commission Publications–The King is Coming: From Creation to Revelations, tell God’s complete story in one week around the theme of castles, knights and all that is kingly.
Scottish Sleuths Vacation Bible School Curriculum: This VBS series has been designed to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to children through a week-long, intensive study of God’s Word.
- Gospel Powered Parenting by William P. Farley
- Parenting By God’s Promises by Joel Beeke
- Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman
- Your Home: A Place of Grace by Susan Hunt
- You Are Ministers by John W Neal
- God’s Alphabet for Life by Joel Beeke and Heidi Boorsma
- My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt
- The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
- Train Up a Child by S. Windham (Thomas Kay)
- Rediscovering Catechism by Donald van Dyken
- Rediscovering Family Worship by Jerry Marcellino
- Family Worship by Joel Beeke
- Family Worship Book by Terry Johnson
- Grandpa’s Box by Starr Meade
- Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade
- Understanding the Faith by Stephen Smallman
- God’s Promises by Sally Michaels
- God’s Names by Sally Michaels
- Dinner Table Devotions by Nancy Guthrie
- Heart of the Home CD Study by Priscilla Stewart & Sue Jakes