Have greeters at the door whose only job is to meet and greet
visitors. You only get one chance at first impressions and a child,
with or without a parent, standing unnoticed isn’t a good first
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Often teachers are busy preparing for class and aren’t available
for the visitors. Recruit greeters among your older church members
who don’t want to teach a class but may be willing to serve as a
kind greeter. Once classes start, these greeters can go on to their
Job 29:24 says “When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed
it; the light of my face was precious to them.” A smile is a curve
that can set a lot of things straight. More than anything you want
the children who visit your church to feel loved and welcome.
Laugh It Up
Humor is a highway to the heart. Getting a laugh is a great
icebreaker. Shake a child’s hand and say, “Nice to meet you! Are
you nervous?” After the child answers, say, “Well, you’re
On My Level
Kneel if necessary to greet kids at eye level. It’s easier for
children to befriend someone at their level than look up at a
Greet visitors intentionally and creatively. They’re a big part
of why you’re there. Use these fun ideas.
Put a special sticker (or button) on your visitor that lets
everyone know you have a special guest. Your sticker can say “VIP
— Very Important Person” or “Honored Guest.” Train the workers in
every department to look for children with these stickers and go
out of their way to welcome them.
Kids love gifts, so let your visitors pick a small gift from a
Visitor Gift Box. You can also give a gift to the child who brought
Invite your visitor to stand or come to the front. Sing this
“Welcome Song” to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Replace
with the appropriate child’s name.
- First verse: “Bobby brought a friend today,
friend today, friend today. Bobby brought a friend today to Sunday
school — hooray!”
- Second verse: “We are all so glad you came,
glad you came, glad you came. We are all so glad you came to Sunday
Keep sending those welcome vibes in print.
Mail a letter — not to the parents, but to the children who
visit. Include a children’s ministry brochure for the parents. For
the child include a Bible coloring sheet, the gospel story, and a
small gift such as a sheet of stickers, a baseball card, or a
coupon to an ice cream shop.
Kid Info Center
Develop an Information Desk for kids with a table low enough for
them to see materials such as children’s bulletins, gospel story
booklets, crayons for church, fliers for upcoming events, and
children’s ministry brochures.
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