What is your Plan B on a Sundays when technical issues arise and unable to complete the lessons?  Is it Bible Trivia, someone reads the Bible story, games, just let them play?

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Hello Danielle! I try not to rely on technology for my main lessons.  I do need it for our worship though.  I use an ipod and 2 weeks ago it wasn't cooperating so I used songs from youtube. When it doesn't work right on the spot we just do without.  But for my lessons I try not to rely on powerpoints or videos because technology is so unreliable.  Is there a way you don't have to rely on it for your main lesson!? If not I would suggest having a list of plan B's and you read the bible story or have the kids act it out and some games that have to do with the bible.  Sword drills are always a good option. Just give them a verse and have them look it up and it can be a competition between boys and girls.  You can also use this time to review lessons or memory verse.

Hope this helps a bit! :)

Costumes of all kinds!  I have a wealth of costumes from animals to Bible costumes to pull from.  If tech problems arise and I don't have my power point to tell the story then the children get to tell the story using the costumes.  Use creative story telling to get as many kids involved as possible.  You don't have to pull out the elaborate stuff just head dresses, animal ears and a few robes.  Tell the story using the non-costumed students as the sound effects, objects (chairs, trees, tables).  It is a fun way to keep the children engaged with them serving as the visuals.  

Teaching the memory verse of the day using hand motions is also a way to keep the children engaged. Let them figure out motions and teach it with as many silly motions as possible.

Good question as we all should think ahead as tech problems are bound to happen at some point to all of us!

Danelle,

I over plan services. The Pastor might run over or as you said a technical issue may occur. We physically teach the Bible stories so we do not rely on the screens for the lesson. I'll have some extra lesson related activities or a book of skits just in case.

Can someone teach the Bible story to the kids?

Thank You for your replies!!


Our 5th and 6th graders rely on the video lesson teachings, seems to work best for that group.  When we have tech issues it is difficult to teach the lesson.  I am in search of an alternative when these issues occur where they can still have a productive group and retry the lesson the following week.  The suggestions of "Sword Drills" is good.

As far as our other groups, the suggestions of having kids act out the lessons, leaders reading the lessons, memory verse reviews...are all great alternatives. 

Keep the ideas coming!

We wing it. That's not the best idea, but that's what we do. We try to fix the problem between services. If not, we just wing it.

Thank You everyone for your helpful inputs.  I put together Plan "B" (B for Bible..get it..haha) options for our Shift (5th & 6th) and elementary services.  Some ideas were from you all and some were from google searches.  I attached the trifolds to help others.

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Danelle,

That looks great! I'm glad you were able to work out some great ideas.

Danelle Rush said:

Thank You everyone for your helpful inputs.  I put together Plan "B" (B for Bible..get it..haha) options for our Shift (5th & 6th) and elementary services.  Some ideas were from you all and some were from google searches.  I attached the trifolds to help others.

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