Even in our small group of 25 kids on average, it can be hard keeping up with all the kids. The easiest ones to spot are the ones who are right there next to us wanting to help with whatever we are doing or the ones who just want to chat. The quiet ones who keep to themselves are the ones who tend to slip away from getting much love and attention. It’s not that we don’t want to love on them, it just happens!
We get so caught up in the moment with high energy children pumping up the room every Wed night, that quiet kiddos could easily fade into the background UNLESS we make a conscience effort to NOT let that happen! We’ve got to be thinking of little Johnny before he makes it into the room. That way when he does get in the room, we are prepared to greet him and be ready to get to his level and ask him what’s new.
Introverts need to know that we appreciate them like they see us enjoying the extroverts. During the lesson, take time to include little Johnny by giving the team points for little Johnny being respectful as he sits listening quietly. Or ask them questions they’ll know the answers to. Questions that require more than a simple yes or no. It could be about the lesson, about their life, or about their pet. Get to know them!
Everyone’s personality is different. We should celebrate our differences by including everyone and not let them fade into the loud noises of kids jumping and shouting all around them. Church is where screaming and shouting is welcome. It’s also where prim and proper is welcome too. Let’s not forget that!
How do you reach out to the introverts in your group?
Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.