"The Muffled Cries For Help From a Daddy of Four Beautiful Little Girls"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

HGTV Has Yet To Call Me

We're getting ready to kick off a new department at our church for 5th and 6th graders. Thus far the 5th graders have been lumped in with the younger children, and the 6th graders have been chillin' with the 7th and 8th graders.

But no more.

Once school starts, they get their own place in our church. A lot of details are yet to be figured out. After all, when you accept the responsibility of molding young hearts and minds and nurturing within them a love for God and for others, there are a lot of things that need to be considered.

Like, what color shag carpet to put in their classroom, and how could we fit a Volkswagen van in the hallway?

Does your church (or your house) have cool ideas for decorating for a preteen room?


FabTheMayor said...

OK...I'm not HGTV, but our church has the exact format you're talking about. And, having a 9th grader and a 6th grader, it has been the perfect fit. There aren't really any pictures on our church web site, but if you'll e-mail me, I'll give you our children's minister and she can explain it all to you. They have a section of our church that is totally theirs and they love it. First you're in "Infusion", then "Lift", then I forgot what the HS is called.

Cassandra Stafford said...

Make the volkswagon van 9the whole ide of it) the door. They open the van door to go into the room. just an idea. :)

Jennifer Raack said...

The only idea I have for the room decorations is poster.....cool ones of some of their favorite Christian artists. The more it looks like a teenager, the more drawn that age group will be to it.

And may I just applaud your church for making a special place for the 5th & 6th graders! My husband is the children's minister at our church and we have really struggled with trying to find a way to make this age group "fit in".....they're too old to really enjoy the kids stuff but not yet ready for the youth. We have game night for them at our house, which they seem to love because we try to make it seem like a party (with lighting and music...minus the drugs and alcohol, of course)!

Another thing the 5th & 6th graders love is helping in children's church. Not only does this make them fit in but it begins to teach them about leading others. It's great to see them go from being scared to pray out loud in front of children's church to asking if they can be the one to pray next week. And it always warms my heart when one of them goes and sits by a child who is sitting alone, without me asking them to.

Tammy said...

Unfortunately, we do it the old fashioned way at our church too. Except the 7th and 8th graders are over in the super-cool youth building. So the 5th graders are kinda stuck with the "little kids".

I like the Volkswagon van theme thing going. I always wanted one of those as a kid.

Big Doofus said...

I need to go up to our youth room at church and take a few pictures. They might be good for inspiration. While we don't have an entire vehicle, we DO have the complete hood from a Chevy Nova hanging on a wall.

JilltheChillPill said...

You missed all of my sketches at the last meeting! Now, if we could get Vern Yip or Ty Pennington to come whip them out, that would be awesome!!

EEEEMommy said...

We had two V-W vans growing up. When the one died, we kids begged our parents to let us keep it as a playhouse. I'm still sad that they sold it. It was orange. Sigh!

His Girl said...

We once had a group like that called "the edge" and they had one whole wall painted with chalkboard paint, and the kids could write on the walls.

I tell you this as a cautionary tale... remembering how much kids on 'the edge' of teenagerhood love words that rhyme with 'art' should serve as enough reason to avoid this idea at all costs.

Tiffany said...

Look online at Pottery Barn Teen (or when I get the next issue, I'll bring it by-if you don't already get it) They have some great, easy to copy ideas. I hope your week at camp was fun!
Let's all do dinner out soon.

Roses Are Red, Violets are Violet said...

it would be really cool to have walls of corregated steel...we saw this in a teenager's room at a house we just looked at...it was way cool. He had tons of photos hanging with magnets on the walls... I see bold colors--reds, purples, greens... and I do think the whole VW van idea/psychadellic thing works well for that age.

have some kids paint funky artwork about friendship, integrity, etc.

Fun! Fun! Fun!