Commentary: Creative Classroom
In the last couple of weeks
we began offering "Creative
Decorating Kits" I just wanted to take a little time to
discuss this concept. As I do, please keep in mind that I am
not trying to convince you to buy, buy, buy!!! When God
placed the vision for Creative Kids Ministry on our hearts
we made the decision that we would not "Sell" Creative Kids
in an undignified manner. I truly believe in the concept of
the Creative Kits.
I believe deeply in the
ideals of great facility designs for kids. It has become my
passion. For years now we have seen white, almond, and gray
cover the walls of children's departments in MANY churches.
As you walk through Classrooms, hallways and entire
departments it seems more like a hospital or ward of an
institute. Many churches are concerned that the reaction of
the parishioners and visitors will be negative at the site
of a room that is child related. In my experience this is
completely opposite of what I have seen first hand!
I have been told "we don't want to deface our (white)
walls", "we use those classrooms for a once a week (adult)
meeting" and so on. In each of these cases I can understand
those positions, but I also believe that with a little bit
of creative thinking a solution can be found that allows
both positions to be accomplished. Children need a place
that is "Kid Friendly" A place that they can call their own,
or at the least feel that they are appreciated beyond a
bulletin board. I am convinced that when you combine awesome
instruction based on the Bible with an awesome facility
designed to be kid friendly, you have created the ultimate
environment for reaching children.
when churches do agree to allow classroom designs or themes
within the facility, their goal is to provide something that
is professional in appearance and meets the need of the
department but they don't know where to start. When I
consult with church leadership about designing I find that
80% want something but don't know what that something is.
You may find yourself in this position wanting to do
something but not knowing what to do or where to start.
That is why I designed Creative Kits, to provide an answer
to many of these questions. I have worked hard to provide
just about everything you will need to confidently design
and decorate your department, hallway, classroom or any
other area with ease. I have worked out an agreement with
Sherwin-Williams to provide color swatches and brochure
information to help take the guesswork out of painting, and
I have also included transparencies and step by step
instructions that walk you through the whole process. We are
currently working with a production company to begin
providing instructional videos, they should be available
soon. All for the purpose of providing you with all you will
need to do it yourself!
One of the current kits offered is Moses
parting the Red Sea. This kit is based on the most popular
mural I paint. Everyone that has witnessed these murals is
amazed. As of this writing I have painted 5.
The popularity of this mural has been made into a kit. The
artwork is drawn in a simpler form but the look will still
grab your attention.
This is just one example. We are
developing kits for use in just about every situation. The
themes I am currently working on are Butterflies, Spiritual
Armour, Underwater Ocean, Fruit of the Spirit, 7 Days of
Creation, and a kit featuring children of various
nationalities with big smiles. The type of Artwork that I am
drawing for people to paint, is high in quality, easy to
copy and fully to scale.
Thanks for your
interest in Creative Kids and for your desire to do
"something" in your children's ministry. (You wouldn't be
here if you didn't want to.) My goal is to change the "face"
of children's ministry, and a large part of reaching this
goal is by helping others who are involved in children's
ministry. Let me help you. If you have a question just ask!
Think differently, create something special for your kids!