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Children’s Ministry Magazine Sept/Oct 2010 Issue
• From “From the Editor”: Super Children’s Ministry Emblem Download this emblem, print it on an iron-on transfer, and put it on T-shirts for you and your team. You’re all Super Children’s Ministers! [download here]
• From ALI 3 to 5: Thankful Family Feast downloadable invitations [download here]
• From Reaching Out: Veteran’s Day Celebration downloadable invitations [download here]
• From Reaching Out: Proper Flag-Folding Techniques Click on this link to find detailed instructions on how to fold the flag. http://www.usflag.org/foldflag.html
• From Danger: Family Ministry: An Overview of Training, Involving, and Equipping The TIE Test: Training, Evolving, and Equipping
Consider how your family ministry events might be more effective using this TIE Test, which simply asks, “How could this activity Train, Involve, or Equip parents as primary faith influencers? How could it Train, Involve, or Equip our church to embrace our role with spiritual orphans?” Then write down how each activity might look different after the TIE Test. Read more…
• From Family Ministry: Blessing Boat Use this folding guide to help families create Blessing Boats. [download here]
• From Recruiting That Works: Caregiver to Children Ratio The key to having a safe but efficient program is based on a few guidelines and an adult-to-child ratio.
Birth to 12 months 3:1 Because one caregiver shouldn’t be left alone with any number of children, the reality of this ratio is 6:2 with no more than six children for two caregivers. 1-year-olds 6:1 2- to 4-year-olds 8:1 5 and up 10:1
• From Recruiting That Works: Ideas for Handling Room Closures
CLOSING a Full Classroom When teacher/student ratios are exceeded in a classroom, kids aren’t safe anymore-and volunteers aren’t happy. Let parents know that for the safety of children and to ensure quality in the classroom, your numbers have reached capacity and the classroom needs to be closed.
What to Say • Be at the door to meet parents in person. Don’t put up a sign and walk away. Be empathetic. • Let parents know your team is working on opening more classrooms as soon as space and volunteers allow for it. Share what you’re doing to rectify the situation. • Let the child know that the room is very full and you hope that you’ll see him or her next week. • Give parents an activity bag with coloring sheets, crayons, and fruit snacks for the child to use in a worship setting or adult classroom. • Provide contact information if the parents want to talk about it further.
What NOT to Say • Don’t dump your pent-up frustrations on the parent. Whining won’t attract volunteers! • Don’t blame your children’s council, elder board, or anyone else for developing such a “ridiculous and strict” policy. Uphold and support why this policy is important for the safety of children. • Don’t blame the parents for not volunteering their time if the room is closed due to volunteer/child ratio. Gently invite them to be part of the solution so it doesn’t happen again.
• From Recruiting That Works: Large Group/Small Group Settings Go Small, Grow Big Take a look at a new way of doing children’s ministry that’s sweeping the nation. Read more…
• From Recruiting That Works: More Tips for Recruiting in a Pinch Eye-Opening Recruiting Finding volunteers in places you may’ve never looked before. Read more…
• From Fabulous Fall: Kids Appreciation certificates Use these certificates, rolled up with blue ribbon to honor all your kids. [download here]