Here's What I Did
By Mechelle Smith
I started as the Girls Ministries Coordinator in our church for years ago and felt the rooms weren't inviting as they were. I cut Rainbows, Daisies, Prim roses, Stars, and Butterflies out of card stock in the respective club colors and hung them all over the ceilings of each club room. We painted all five clubrooms the same color, a tan/brown color giving them it a warm and inviting feel. I ordered club posters for each room and put them in black poster size frames to keep them neat and clean, then hung them up. We added bright colored curtains in each clubroom and this made it all the more inviting. The girls responded very well to the "new rooms." In each room, we divided the space into 2 or 3 areas of learning - tables for doing activity pages and crafts; a corner with donated pillows (for girls to sit on) for prayer requests, Bible reading, group discussions, and lesson story time - all depending on the club. We use area rugs for division of space and cabana style "tents" to divide some space as well. It breaks up the hour and a half of club time and keeps girls moving to something new. I would suggest asking the church family for donated items such as area rugs, couches, even bookcases to keep costs down. Everything can be shampooed or covered. Our clubrooms also function as Sunday School classes for all ages.