11 Must-Have Items for Welcome Bags

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When new guests visit your ministry
for the first time, why not give them a welcome packet from the
children’s ministry? Of course, a bag filled with papers and other
goodies is no substitute for radical hospitality, but helping
guests understand more about your ministry and the services you
offer is a great first step. If welcome bags are something your
ministry is considering doing, here are some things to
include:

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Welcome Bags for Parents

• A letter from you giving a brief overview of
the ministry and your contact information.

• A description of services and age-level
breakdowns. If your curriculum comes with a scope and sequence,
this is a perfect item to include.

• A calendar of events.

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• A copy of your policies and procedures
manual. If your feel your P&P manual is a little overwhelming
for new guests, consider making a condensed version with
information pertinent to parents.

• Your ministry’s vision statement.

• First-time evaluation/information form. Let
guests know you value their input, and also show them you’re
interested in them personally (think prayer needs).

Welcome Bags for Kids

• A different letter from you. Don’t make this
the same letter you give to parents. Write it knowing that the
child will be reading it. Be mindful of reading levels…use lots of
pictures.

• Letters from those who will be the child’s
leader, if your ministry has multiple leaders/volunteers.

• A small trinket with your ministry’s name on
it. Think wristbands or pencils. If it’s a toy, make sure to give
the welcome bag after your service.

• Some churches like to include treats. If
you’d like to include candy, make sure to use allergen/gluten-free
candy. Nothing says “we aren’t welcoming of you” like giving candy
that will hurt a child.

• A CD of music your ministry is using (so
kids can start getting acquainted with the lyrics).

 Also consider making a welcome bag for
those adults who visit your church but don’t have kids. Not only
will they know about your ministry if they ever do have kids, it’s
also a great way to reach out and find new potential
volunteers.

Do you do welcome bags? What do you include?
Let us know using the comment section below!

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

1 Comment

  1. Great ideas! I never thought about including a CD. We normally give a welcome bag that includes a book, tract and some kind of trinket, along with our brochure. We then mail out a follow up post card to the children that week. Really love the CD idea!

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