I Can Listen – Listening is extremely important, and with our “I Can Listen” statement, kids know they are expected to listen to whoever is speaking, whether it is a leader up front or a friend in small group.
I Can Learn – We want kids to know that church is a place where they can learn. This “I Can” Statement reminds kids that they will see, hear, experience, and sometimes even smell new things. Knowing this expectation helps kids prepare their hearts and minds for what God has to teach them each week.
I Can Respect – Kids need reminders about what respect looks like. Respect is not talking when the teacher is talking. Respect is not talking to your friend during the lesson because then they can’t hear. Respect is not making fun of someone. With our “I Can Respect” statement, kids are given a friendly reminder in a positive way.
I Can Participate – Participation looks different based on the different activities we are doing, but it basically means going with the flow and joining in on whatever is happening. If we are worshiping, participation looks like standing and singing praises to God. If we are playing a game, participation looks like joining in and supporting your team. If we are having a lesson, participation looks like sitting quietly and listening to what the teacher has to say.
The most important aspect of this “I Can” Statement is having FUN! When kids participate, they have more opportunities to have fun. We want kids to know that a) they will have fun at church and b) it is OK to have fun at church. Yes, it is a place of learning, but it is also a place of joy and excitement!