Number one discussion or question for most of our Small Groups is about childcare.  Here is LifePoint’s best answer for childcare. We encourage groups to enlist a student from our church to keep the kids for one hour of Bible Study. This process not only helps with babysitting, but also helps to disciple the next generation by sending them to our largest student event each year.

My story:  I asked our Student Minister to give me the names of junior or senior high girls who attend LP AND would be attending our student camp.  I contacted them one by one asking if they would be interested in going to camp for free.  Of course, they said ‘yes.’ Then I said our Small Group would take care of that if they would babysit one hour two or three times a month for our Small Group Bible Study time.  Now all I have to do is text them the time and address of our meeting and everyone leaves happy.

At other times we have just paid $5 per family (no matter the number of kids) for the one hour.  This has worked well for over two years now.

We only have the Bible Study for one hour, although our SG time is about two hours.  The kids and babysitter are highly encouraged to eat and hangout with us for the other hour.  We get to know our babysitter better.  She gets to hear adults converse about life, God, work and family.  We also get to hear about her life and camp experience, for which we paid.

To increase the quality of childcare we enlisted the University of Tennessee Extension Services to lead a training class on babysitting.  The participants walked away with a certificate and a backpack full of ideas for their babysitting careers.

Contact your church leadership about some names of people who can babysit for your group.  Build a relationship with the next generation that goes beyond just keeping your kids out of trouble for the hour, help disciple the next generation.