Effective Outreach: Be a Hero at Your Church!

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With summer in full swing, and all that encompasses for
many churches (VBS, BBQs, outdoor programs), outreach is especially
effective during this time when kids have more free time and are
looking for fun activities. It’s your time to shine the light of
Jesus into your community!

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Jesus said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you
fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).

We want to equip and motivate children to reach out to
others. When kids share their Christian faith with others, they’re
not only strengthening their own faith, but they’re spreading the
Good News about Jesus to those who haven’t heard!

The most effective way to reach unchurched kids is by
encouraging your church kids to invite their unchurched friends to
your children’s ministry programs. But keep in mind that unchurched
kids may not be attracted to the idea of “Christian growth,” so be
sure to emphasize the fun of your programs-the games, crafts,
snacks, and friendships!

Discovering a Friendship With God
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge
of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).

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Can you remember a time when you met a new friend in your
neighborhood or community? People are drawn to friendships
with one another. Most people can still remember (or still keep in
touch with) friends from grade school. We don’t easily forget
friendships. When you introduce Jesus to a child, you’re sharing
with them the best friend they’ll ever have. Reaching out to the
community and helping people grow in their relationship with Jesus
is what outreach is all about! When kids discover that Jesus is
their “forever friend,” they’ll experience the eternal love of a
father who never leaves them or rejects them.

Building Community
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and
the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and
continue to help them” (Hebrews 6:10).

Effective outreach starts with building community in your
church. Having a sense of community and meaningful relationships
with other people is an important way to feel connected with one
another and the church.

It’s important to build community in the church through your
children’s ministry programs. Getting everyone involved
makes each person know that he or she plays an important role in
kids’ lives. When you build community in your church you’re
building relationships, and relationships with one another help us
to grow stronger in our faith.

Parents are the people who will have the greatest spiritual impact
in their children’s lives-this means involving families in your
children’s ministry programs is important!  We encourage you
to involve kids’ families in your programs whenever possible.

There are a variety of ways to involve parents and families in
your ministry:

  • Have a “celebration station” at your church where parents and
    adults can stop by and see what’s on the calendar for the month.
    Encourage parents and adults to sign up to
    -bring snacks for the kids,
    -be a guest speaker during the children’s program, or
    -lead an activity or lesson one week.
  • Have a celebration time each week and invite parents and family
    members to applaud and affirm kids’ actions. It’s also a great way
    to meet parents each week! When they attend, take some time to
    greet each of them.
  • Make an announcement in your church about the things you’re
    doing in your children’s ministry area. Invite (and
    encourage) the adults in your church to join in the fun
    activities and important events.

    Your teens can also help with a number of roles. They can
    -greet kids as they arrive,
    -take photos,
    -help with snacks and crafts, or
    -help with preschoolers.

    Teens make great role models for younger kids, and it’s a great
    self-esteem builder when you encourage them to participate in
    significant roles!

A New Kind of Outreach
Group’s Heroes Unmasked, a new Fall Festival event, was built with
one thing in mind: intentional outreach. You can use the program
any time you’re trying to reach your community to express
God’s love-Summer Celebration, Back-to-School Nights, Fall
Kick-off, Cabin Fever Winter Events, or anything else you can think
of! All the games, activities, and publicity items have timeless
themes.

Heroes Unmasked is designed as a family outreach event that
emphasizes fun, discovering Jesus, and building community! The
program will draw children and their families to your church and
give them a great experience. But beyond that it will provide a
great way for you to make personal contact with children and
parents and give you a logical reason to stay in touch with them.
It’s an unbeatable outreach event for the community, kids, and
their families.

We want to help kids know and understand God’s love in
child-friendly ways. Heroes Unmasked plants Bible truths in kids’
hearts and minds in ways that stick!

Check out the thrilling adventure awaiting families at www.group.com/heroes. It’s a great way to
encourage kids to reach out to others and grow your children’s
ministry program, all at the same time!

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