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 with these 11 must-have items for Welcome Bags?

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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:

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.

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• A calendar of events.

• 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.

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• 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.

4 Comments

  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!

  2. Great tips! We send a “rookie bag’ home to visitors in children’s ministry. We include a toy, policy handbook and a treat. We soooooo needed better ideas. Thank you!

  3. We have small stuffed animals in the pews with small tags that read: I am a Pew Pal and will keep you company during worship. If you take me home, remember to love me just as God loves you. On the back is the church’s name, address and web site. We have done this for over 4 years without costing a penny. People continue to donate their collections of beanie babies and other cute clean stuffed toys. We have placed over 500 Pew Pals and sent another 150 off to our church summer camp.

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