Free “Phase” Guides to Give to Parents for Kids’ Birthdays

We love celebrating kid’s birthdays, just like I’m sure you do at your church.

But we always wanted to give parents something as well to help them be more intentional in the next year of their kids’ lives.

We weren’t sure what that would be, until I spoke with a great Kid’s Pastor out of Riverside Church in Big Lake, MN.

In our conversation he shared that they mail out a card for kid’s birthdays and include something for parents called a “Phase” guide for parents.

This is something I take no credit for, but I believe it can be super helpful to a lot of Kids and Family Pastors, so I wanted to share it on my blog.

The Phase guide is basically a 1-page summary of the common milestones spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally the average kid faces at a specific age.

They are based on research done by Orange (the kid’s curriculum we use) called Just a Phase.

You can download a PDF of ages 1-11 at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jrq7212k72ja57e/AADZBSSKYDhRRDCDmq2vu4Jna?dl=0

There is some church specific information on the sheets, so we took a screen shot of each age, pasted it in Word (you can use any image editor), and edited them that way.

If you already do some kind of mailing, you could simply include a printout of the Phase guides for parents.

At our church, we email a birthday video along with a digital copy of the sheet to parents.

It looks like this:

We also give a physical copy to parents during our Promotion Sunday Celebration, which you can learn more about here.

The great thing about this is how simple and easy it makes it to really give parents something super practical and that adds value.

What are some practical and creative ways you partner with parents? Leave a comment, so you can help other Pastors who want to #dokidsminbetter!

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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