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Our church met this spring and decided to go ahead with the rotation method. We are at a stand still! We are trying to work on an overall theme for the hallways, meeting room, etc. We are thinking about making the "station rooms" not follow the theme. What do you think? What can I do to get everyone jump started?
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Churches do it both ways from totally thematic to not at all. One thing I have noticed is that the "Naming of the Rooms," for whatever reason, seems to be a BIG hurdle. Once that is done, things seem to move along at a faster pace. "Naming and Theming" seems to give everyone a unified focus and creates enthusiasm and vision for what will be. But if you are stuck, maybe you need to leave it for awhile and make some different decisions (if you haven't done this yet) -- such as which workshops you want to have, what space you will put them in, age groupings, your curriculum sources, lists of potential teachers, shepherds, carpenters, seamstresses, painters, and other talented folks, job descriptions, etc.

When we began planning, we had several members of our team browse this site (much smaller at that time!). We each wrote down theme and room ideas that we especially liked and thought would work for us. We even printed out pictures to share from the website and from churches we had visited. Then we came back together and discussed our lists, added our own thoughts and before you know it, we had named our rooms and come up with our theme. Two people on our committee did the lion's share of the work with this, but the group all participated.

I personally like the idea of a theme, but I think that it shouldn't be a stumbling block to moving ahead with rotation. If you can't name them something special, then just call them Art, Drama, Games, Movies, etc. Paint and decorate according to the activity that will take place in the room or with generic Bible characters or scenes, timelines, maps, Bible Books, etc. and don't worry about it. We have used our Bible map walls, our timeline (still in progress) and our Bible Books wall a great deal in many of our rotations, as well as for other activities. So, that's something you might want to include. We have also discovered that Rotation is a lot like owning a house -- you will never be completely done. (hope that doesn't burst any bubbles!) You will always want to add something new, or paint something different. But that is a GOOD thing and will keep your ministry fresh and exciting for everyone.

It can be overwhelming to begin and that can paralyze you and your group. Make a list of things to do, pick a starting place and start... then you'll gather momentum as you accomplish the things on your list.

Blessings,
Jaymie

P.S. Don't forget to PRAY!!!
Jeremy,

When we transformed our rooms we found it helpful to begin with determining first which workshops we would offer. While most of ours have a biblical theme, not all do, and both work for different purposes. If your team has not visited other churches doing rotation, then I highly recommend they do so. There is nothing more motivating than seeing a few places who have already done it and are excited about it. That alone might help to jump start your group. If there aren't others in your area, then maybe pulling some pictures off this site would be helpful. The main thing is to get started painting. When folks begin to see what emerges, excitement grows and ideas blossom everywhere. Jaymie is right - you are never done. There's always something more to paint, transform, or build. It's all part of the fun!
Blessings,
Cindy

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