Children in Worship Milestone Gifts?

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Do any churches recognize kindergarten graduates with a small gift? These kids "graduate" from our Children in Worship ministry and we'd like to recognize them with something. Any ideas? If you give a Bible, which one/version? 

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Bret, I used to make journals for the kids graduating out of Children in Worship to help them engage with the service (since they were then joining "big" church). I created the layout, but I think you can also find some free options online. I think each page had a place for them to write the date, topic, passage, thoughts or questions they had and then left space for them to draw if they wanted to. At my church kids graduated from Children in Worship after 2nd grade so they were a little older. You may want to focus more on space for the child to draw if they are just leaving kindergarten.

We also handed out Bibles to those entering 1st Grade/graduating from Kindergarten as that seemed to correspond to when they were really focusing on reading in school. I used The Adventure Bible, but there's a whole list of options on the Bibles and Bible Storybooks page of the Family Faith Formation Toolkit. There are also some suggestions about how to celebrate various milestones in that tool kit. You can find those here: Milestones. I used the suggestion of having someone pick a verse to include in each child's Bible (from Celebrating the Milestones of Faith). Each parent sent me a verse they picked for their child, that I would include in the front of the Bible. I also read that verse aloud when I gave out the Bible. It was a really nice way to make the experience more personal for the kids.

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There is a church, I don't know which one, but they give each child  a wooden lamb just like the ones used in children's worship.  The director was wondering how effective that was until she found the sheep her middle school son had received in his dresser with other awards and precious items.  

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I love that idea! What a neat way to mark children's graduation from Children and Worship.

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There is a church, I don't know which one, but they give each child  a wooden lamb just like the ones used in children's worship.  The director was wondering how effective that was until she found the sheep her middle school son had received in his dresser with other awards and precious items.  

Our Church (Hope Church--RCA) in Holland, MI makes miniature Parable Boxes.  We use old check boxes.  One could make a small Parable Box of the Good Shepherd and the Wolf.