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3 Tips to Welcome the Single Parents in Your Children’s Ministry

Single parents can live dizzying lives. They may be reeling from the loss of the intact home. Trying to exist on only a few hours’ sleep; dealing with upset children; and managing a once two-parent home on a one-parent income is almost more than any one person can handle. When you understand life in a single-parent home, when you can empathize with those families, when you’re tolerant of them, then God can work through you and his church to minister to this huge segment of population in your community. Here are three practical tips on how to welcome and encourage single parents in your children’s ministry.

1. Keep these families coming to church by connecting with single parents.

Connect with and encourage single parents. Provide brief articles about parenting alone. Text or email uplifting Scriptures that apply to their particular situation. Text encouraging messages, especially on the weekends their children aren’t home.

2. Encourage single parents by ministering to their kids.

Intentionally minister and mentor the kids in their relationships with God. Model an everyday walk with God, and model what God’s grace, care, and kindness look like.

You may even have someone follow struggling children as a new year begins and these children move to the new age levels in your ministry. In some situations, that person may want to stay with these kids until they form relationships with new teachers, even if that means a couple of months.

3. Become an advocate for these families in your ministry.

Sound scary? It doesn’t have to. God has called you, and he’ll equip you. Spend time in prayer for individual children and their single parents. Be encouraged that you have the chance to be a missionary in your community. Rejoice when a child of divorce shows up in your Sunday school ministry, ready to learn about Jesus. Get excited when these children’s faces light up as they understand something new about God!

This excerpt was taken from Sunday School That Works! Looking for more family ministry resources? Check out these posts.

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