15 new ideas to help you start a winning season of ministry to children.
Before you know it, school will be kicking back into gear. If you’re a children’s ministry director, you’ll need to have your team recruited, trained, organized, and excited about all that God is going to do in the lives of children this year.
If you’re a teacher, program leader, or small group leader, most likely you’re realizing that you need to get your space organized and decorated before you even say hello to the first child in your class. So much to do…so little time.
And so many ideas! We’ve packed 15 reader-tested ideas into this special section to help you start a phenomenally faith-enriching year for children and their families. In the next pages, you’ll find everything from organizing crafts for lessons to making creative meeting reminders to staging a carnival for families.
Fall Festivals are also a great way to kick-off your school year. Don’t let this school year sneak up on you! Get in gear today so you can kick off a great year this fall.
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Accurate attendance and follow-up can be difficult for teachers with all they have to do during class time. So we solved this problem by putting one person in charge of attendance for each service. This person takes a clipboard with attendance lists for each class. She goes to each room to take attendance and fill out visitor information cards for new children.
After all the attendance is taken, she checks the list for kids who’ve been absent for more than one week in a row. She then addresses and stamps a postcard for each absent child and gives it to the appropriate teacher at the end of the service. The teachers then write personal notes to the missing children and mail the cards that week. This has worked tremendously well and has been a real improvement in our organization.
Why decorate with store-bought posters when you can make your own that’ll thrill children?
Simply take color or black and white photos of the children in your class. It’s helpful to take these outdoors where the light is good. In your photos, use props such as park benches, playground slides, or swings. Include two or three children in each photo.
After developing your photos, choose a few to enlarge. You can have photos blown up to poster size at copy shops or at kiosks in stores such as Wal-Mart. To help your posters last, laminate them, affix them to foam core with spray adhesive, or frame them.
Hang these posters in your classroom, hallway, or other visible place in your building. Posters of your children will create a sense of belonging for the children, parents, and teachers. These posters will also foster self-esteem, look great, and create smiles.
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