Key Components of UpStreet Large Group

Every Sunday it is our job to create an environment where our kids can hear truth and worship God.

For us, this happens in large group.


2nd and 3rd Grade Large Group at North Point

Mandee Young, the UpStreet Director at our North Point Campus shared the following information last week at Drive 2010. She is one of the key developers and influencers of our large group strategy!


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Large Group at Buckhead Church

There are three major components that make up the Large Group segment of the morning.

The host segment is designed to energetically capture the kid’s attention, get them excited about what we want them to know, and make sure that they have FUN!

The worship segment is designed to give everyone an opportunity to worship God for who he is and what he’s done.

The Bible story segment is designed to make the Bible come to life and to teach one key truth from God’s Word.


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Large Group at North Point

In order to make large group everything that it needs to be, we rely on a committed team of volunteers.

The producer directs, provides leadership, and connects relationally to a team of volunteers to ensure the best possible large group experience. He or she is the boss of the room!

The host energetically “emcees” and captures teachable moments at every transition. Recruit the same person for this role every week and tailor the host to the age group.

The worship team leads kids with energy and enthusiasm in worshiping God for who he is and what he’s done. Recruit a team of three to four adults and teenagers. The leader is a constant presence every week. Supporting team members can rotate.

The storyteller communicates the Bible story in a creative way and unveils the bottom line so that it becomes unforgettable to a child. Recruit a team of excellent communicators (men and women) you can place on a rotating schedule.

The tech team enhances the story and worship experience through sound, lights, and video without distracting the audience.


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Large Group at Browns Bridge

We have the most important, life-changing message in our possession. We need to create the kind of environments that kids wake their parents up early on Sundays to attend!

What are the key components to your large group environment?


  1. I am wondering where you had your new 3 basic truth wall hangings made. They go perfectly with our children’s theme and I liked the fact that they were lightweight material stretched over a frame. Can you tell me who did those for you? Might I have permission to get a set of those for my church? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Lynn,
      Sorry for the slow response. Summer has been getting the best of me!
      We are working to put all of the artwork in an electronic format where you can get them. Should be pretty quick. As soon as we do, I’ll post it here with our contact for the sign printers/makers.
      Hope that helps!

  2. Andy Jones says:

    WOW! I’m feeling inspired.. I think we’re far off getting to this level of ‘sets’ as we meet in the high school at the moment.. one question.. the balls in the towers.. are they for something or are they just part of the set?
    I’m looking at your ‘starting from scratch’ stuff as we feel motivated to shake up what we’ve been doing on a Sunday morning.. so thanks for all your hard work.
    God bless you.

  3. Michelle NeSmith says:

    Do you have “wins” for each of the enviroment in Upstreet both large group and small groups? What are the wins for each position from the childrens Minister down to the small group leader?

  4. Do any of you as Children’s Pastors get to fill any of the large group roles and teach? If so, how often?

    • Hi Jervon,

      Several of us do if we’re good at it! It’s really up to us how often we fill in and what our schedule allows. I know my Sunday schedule is pretty full so I don’t do it as often as I used to.


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