Simple, Easy, and Affordable Promotion Sunday Idea
At your church, when kids transition from preschool into elementary and elementary into youth it can be scary and difficult.
There’s many ways to help kids and families to transition, and below is just one idea.
The main thing is that you’re intentional about helping kids and families make the transition successfully.
What we do doesn’t take a huge amount of time to coordinate and we spend less than $5/child.
The event revolves around an ice cream social.
We do this because it’s much cheaper to provide ice cream and toppings than a whole meal, and kids probably get more excited about it than if we did a meal (we have a fruit platter as well for more health conscious parents).
We schedule it right after church to leverage a natural time that we have a majority of our kids already there.
First, we asked a main leader from each level to attend.
We are a smaller church, so we have our girls and boys each split into 2 groups: younger and older.
For kids moving into kindergarten, we have the younger Small Group leaders there.
For kids moving from the younger Small Groups to the Older Groups, we have the older Small Group leaders there.
And for kids moving into our youth group, we have a couple of our current seniors present to welcome them.
This gives all the kids a familiar face to look for when they enter into their new environment.
Second, we personally contact each parent and invite their family.
Keep trying until you get a response: yes or no.
Then we email and text again.
Third, we eat ice cream.
We get multiple flavors of ice cream (cotton candy seems to be the most popular).
We get hot fudge, caramel, peanut butter, whipped cream, etc.
And we stuff our faces.
Fourth, we give each parent a “Phase Guide” for their children with a handwritten note.
A “Phase Guide” is basically a one-page sheet based on tons of research that outlines how an average child is developing physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually at a particular age.
You can access each age’s pdf here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jrq7212k72ja57e/AADZBSSKYDhRRDCDmq2vu4Jna?dl=0
Fifth, we present each child with a certificate to commemorate the transition.
We simply use our church printer, card stock, and a template we found online.
Last, we pray over each group who’s transitioning.
I, the Pastor, pray over each age group that our kindergarteners will have courage, that our kids moving from younger to older groups will be role models, and our kids moving into youth group will continue to grow and own their faith..
Then the leader from each age group prays for their new kids.
And to end we take a couple minutes and have parents pray a blessing over their own kids.
Does your church have a promotion strategy? What do you do?
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