This summer, our children’s ministry team produced a Summer Calendar starting with the last day of school and finishing with the first day of the new school year. It was a fun, colorful 18” x 24” poster sprinkled with connection points for families to come together (such as review questions from that week’s teaching) or ways for families to engage with us. We had a great time brainstorming these activities. We included things like e-mailing us a picture of you and your pet to celebrate the “Dog Days of Summer” and calling and telling us three words your children use to describe God.
The calendar was a huge hit. Families shared with us the great conversations they were having at home and we had fun receiving e-mails, Facebook notes, and phone messages from families. It was a great way to stay connected with families that was low-cost, low-stress, and involved a small time commitment on our part.
What creative ways have you found to keep families interacting with each other and with your ministry without adding events to the calendar? How can you use a similar strategy to help families engage in the upcoming holiday season?
Rebecca O’Mara is the Elementary Worship Experience Designer at 12Stone Church. She has the amazing job of designing worship experiences that invite elementary-age children to connect with God and learn about the life He desires for them to live.