How to Personally Wish a Kid Happy Birthday for Free in < 5 Mins

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No matter how big your church is: People want to be known personally.

And a really simple way to do that is through happy birthday wishes.

But depending on your size (and personality), wishing every kid a happy birthday, can be a tall, if not impossible, order.

If you mail cards, you have to address an envelope, handwrite a couple sentences, get postage, and take it to the mailbox.

If you wish kids happy birthday in the midst of church services, it can make introverted kids uncomfortable, parents won’t know you did it, and it probably won’t be on kids’ actual birthdays (most birthdays don’t fall on a Sundays).

But that doesn’t mean you should give up.

Below I’ll outline how we personally wish kids happy birthday, it’s totally free, it takes < 5 minutes, and you can guarantee it’ll get delivered on kids’ actual birthdays.

So how do we do it?

We use email.

Now before you write me off, thinking it’s impossible for email to be personal or very meaningful to a kid, hear me out.

We make it personal in 4 ways: the subject line, the email body, a personalized video, and a personalized resource for parents.

Here’s an example: http://us13.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4b9bc1b1b2557bdac39b91ae5&id=19093d4571

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And here’s how you can create it:

Step 1: Create a Mailchimp account and import all your parents email addresses.

Step 2: Import the template above using this link: https://us13.admin.mailchimp.com/templates/share?id=58190193_f660ce5f900b72c438d8_us13

Step 3: Create a campaign and copy and paste just the parents’ emails of the kid your sending to (note the pasted parent email addresses must be in the list you’re using…there’s 51 in the list, but I’m only sending to a specific parent)

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Step 4: Create a personalized video by going to this website http://webcamera.io/, hit record, and then download it.

Step 5: Take a screen shot of the video to use as the video preview image and import the video by clicking link –> link to –> file and then dragging and dropping the .mp4 file.

Step 6: Take a screenshot of the current phase kids are going through to use as a preview image and import a pdf version by clicking link –> link to –> file and dragging and dropping the pdf of the age they’re turning. You can access each age’s pdf here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jrq7212k72ja57e/AADZBSSKYDhRRDCDmq2vu4Jna?dl=0

Step 7: Schedule the email for their birthday and you’re finished.

I know this sounds like a lot, and the first time it will probably take you longer than 5 minutes, but after you have everything set up, you’ll be able to do it super fast.

As we’ve started doing this, we’ve had an overwhelming positive response from parents, saying how thankful they are that I took the time to record a video, which in reality took a lot less time and effort than the handwritten card I used to send.

If you want to start doing this and need help with setup, leave a comment, and I’ll get back to you.

Also, if this was helpful, please share it on Facebook, so more people can read about it!

 

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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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