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5. A REASON TO RETURN

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Savvy retailers understand the power behind offering customers a
promotional product such as a free item for bringing a card or
coupon back into their store. Giving kids and families a reason to
return offers visitors another opportunity to check out your
ministry or programs and for you to minister to them with
excellence.

Community Giving

Making a visible difference in the community is a great way to
get visitors to become involved in an easy way, according to Sheila
Halasz, preschool director at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in
Crystal Lake, Illinois. After celebrating their VBS this summer,
they’ll invite everyone to return for a day of “High C’s Adventure”
or High Compassion. The church has teamed up with community
agencies and people to compile a list of ways everyone can serve in
the community for one afternoon. After projects are completed,
everyone will return to the church for a celebration with music and
food.


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After their large outreach program, Hebron Baptist Church in
Dacula, Georgia, distributes tickets to return for prize drawings
at a family worship service. Melissa Guillebeau, director of
children’s ministries, says they create a service that’s very
family-friendly and serve doughnuts, juice, and coffee afterward.
During the reception time after the service, they invite families
who don’t have a church home for a brief meet-and-greet with one of
the pastors. Then they pair church families with prospective
families for the remainder of the reception. Visiting families
receive a CD of one of the church’s choir performances as a gift
along with information about the church and ministry programs.

     

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