How to Build Sunday School Attendance


Here are two theme ideas to build Sunday school attendance when your children’s ministry cools off…

It’s that time of the year. The skies are gray, the air is cold, and kids would rather be home sleeping. How can you stoke the fire in your program to make church attendance irresistible? Revitalize your winter children’s ministry program with one of these theme ideas.

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Kids love camp. Use these ideas to make your camp-o-rama CAMPtastic!

• Let your kids select the camp theme and name. Encourage kids to make the name fun and spiritual. How about Bibleland Camp or Jesus and Me Camp?

• Have kids bring plain T-shirts. You supply the fabric paint, and kids make camp shirts. Use fine-tipped permanent markers for campers to sign each other’s shirts.

• Decorate each classroom with your camping theme. Bring in tents and gear. Use sleeping bags for story time, flashlights for in-the-dark games, and binoculars for a better view into God’s Word!

• Have parents take turns providing campy snacks such as S’mores, granola bars, trail mix, or mini hot dogs for each class or your entire program. Set up a mess hall for snacktime.

• Invite parents to send “mail” to their children at camp. Much-appreciated letters and care packages can be dropped off at the church office. Ask church members to send care packages you can use as backups for kids who don’t receive anything.

• In a large room, set up tents with theme-related activities. For example, if your theme is the Fruit of the Spirit, have separate tents that offer a game, craft, or discussion that helps kids remember each “fruit.”

• For a camp mission project, have kids donate money to send a needy child to summer camp. Royal Family Kids’ Camps provides camps for children who’ve been abused.

• Finish your camp with a parents’ program to show parents all the great things their kids learned at camp.

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