How much a sermon for children should last? Maybe 7-8 minutes?

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I call it Life Application Time.  This comes after the actual Bible lesson.  I spend about 10-12 minutes.  It has to be interactive for my kiddos to stay engaged and for them to walk away with a Truth from God's Word.

I do use object lessons whenever I can.

I don't have a fixed time.  A lot of it depends on the subject and the attention span of the kids that day.  I follow the advice of my high school English teacher.  When asked how long a paper should be, she said it should be like a woman's dress:  long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be interesting.

That's a great piece of advice from your English teacher! Love it!

We don't have a set time for our children's sermon...we just make sure it is interactive, by using visual aids, or involve them in some way, like drama. We also have them repeat the prayer at the end, by breaking it down into very short segments, that they repeat together.
 
Jeff Childs said:

I don't have a fixed time.  A lot of it depends on the subject and the attention span of the kids that day.  I follow the advice of my high school English teacher.  When asked how long a paper should be, she said it should be like a woman's dress:  long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be interesting.

Paulo, are you talking about the time for a children's moment during the regular morning worship service (like when the children come up front and sit on the steps?) Or a lesson time when the children are in their own environment? If you are talking about the main church service, my pastor used to give me 5 minutes, but some of my assistants kept going WAY over their allotted time, and some took 10-12 minutes! The kids had long since checked out at the 3 or 4 minute mark! We now tell our helpers to keep it to 2-3 minutes, and if they happen to "run over" we're still under the 5 minute mark. Our rule is ONE POINT (not 3 like a sermon). If you are talking about a children's sunday school or children's church setting, then I agree with the others... 10-12 minutes is a good idea, followed up with a discussion time, or activity or game time to reinforce what you were teaching about.

You can buy more time always by using interactive teaching...but 10 minutes is good.  

I normally do 5 to ten minutes. Am trying to get more creative by involving the teens to act short skits.

I always try to do multiple segments, no longer than 3 minutes each; 1-2 min intro, 1-2 minute object lesson, 3 minute story (must be very engaging.), 3 min game either all play or stage game, 1-2 min wrap-up/life application, etc. 

Hope that helps.

JT, how do you not have any segments that last more than 3 minutes?  If your class is only 1 hour, that means you have at least 20 segments.

Jeff, I was simply talking about the "Lesson Time" segment. Here is an example of my typical order of service for Elementary age kidos. It covers 70 minutes and includes a 10 min countdown, games, worship, teaching and a small group element for the end that lasts 15 minutes. These are usually video driven, either stuff we've downloaded or produced ourself. This is the format for un upcoming project we're working on.

8:50 Pre-Show Countdown

9:00 Video Intro & Setup

9:01 Show Opener with theme song

9:04 Connection Question

9:07 3 Worship Songs

9:15 Commercial #1

9:16 Teaching Segment #1 (Hook)

9:19 Group Game / Learning Activity (optional)

9:24 Commercial #2

9:25 Teaching Segment #2 (Book)

9:28 Remember Verse

9:33 Commercial #3

9:34 Teaching Segment #3 (Look)

9:37 Optional Review Cue

9:40 Live Emcee Wrap up

9:45 Hang Time (Took)

You also have multiple teaching segments.  Interesting.  Thanks, JT.

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