This is the fourth post in our series about how and why we do Small Groups. Catch up on Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.
 
After Large Group (or Power Up), we suggest a follow-up set of activities that we call Catch On—because we want them to take what they just heard, to review and process it, as well as apply it.
We provide four different types of activities each week and we recommend two not to miss right at the beginning if you’re having trouble choosing. (Remember, we don’t expect or want you to do everything—but to pick and choose what would work best for your kids in your ministry in your space.)
1. Bible Story Review—There are all sorts of research on the importance of reviewing what you just heard or saw in order to remember it, otherwise it might not stick in your long-term memory and be there later when you need it.
*Some examples include: We use objects to help prompt kids to remember key points in the story, we fold paper for a keepsake, act out the story ourselves with props, work a maze that traces events in order and even pin the tail to review.
2. Memory Verse Review—Besides remembering the Bible story, we have one verse that we want to help kids remember all month long that helps us to focus on the big idea we’re learning. These activities help us to practice and learn it by heart.
*Some examples include: We will do relays, act it out, link arms saying just one word of the verse at a time, play hopscotch, create our own songs and cheers.
3. Application—We want to help kids realize that what they’re learning inside of church also applies outside it in their everyday lives. These activities and application statements are designed to help kids make the connections between these biblical truths and principles with their own thoughts and experiences.
*Some examples include: Playing memory, acting out situations and changing the ending, building card houses, talking and unpacking what a word really means.
4. Prayer—We think it’s ideal to end your time with kids in prayer. This is relational—connecting them to God, you and each other. It helps them to feel not alone and to realize that there’s help and support available—not just at church, but anytime if they talk to God. We highlight a lot of different ways kids can reflect and share, so that they don’t feel that they always have to pray out loud.
*Some examples include: Drawing and writing on boxes, on scraps of paper around a pretend fire, on labels, in a tent with a flashlight; doodling; creating a prayer plan; thanking God for others; and talking about the difference between being whole and half-hearted.