A simple three-step “welcome wagon” to help break the
ice for your preteens’ ministry.
1. Lights, Camera, Action
Prepare a video that highlights the major activities for preteens
at your church. Have lots of action shots and close-ups of kids
having fun! You may choose to narrate the show or dub in music such
as upbeat ’50s or swing music without lyrics.
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2. Host Team
Train a team of friendly children and adults to serve as hosts.
Make sure your team has a thorough knowledge of your entire
program. Enlist this team during key outreach meetings, weekly
meetings, or any time you have visitors to engage in relationship
3. Pizza Break
Keep frozen pizza and soft drinks on hand or order pizza for this
step. At a designated time in your program, invite first-time
guests to take the friends who brought them to another room where
they’ll get to meet other preteens, eat pizza, and watch the video
about your program. Your regular kids will get to have pizza, too,
as a celebration that their friends came.
During this special time, promote upcoming special activities.
Hand out brochures about your program. Get each visitor’s name,
address, and phone number. Then have someone from your host team
follow up with a phone call or letter.
Gordon and Becki West are co-authors of The Discipline
Guide for Children’s Ministry (Group) and founders of KidZ KaN Make a
Difference and KidZ At Heart International (www.kidzatheart.org). Please keep in mind that
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