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Keeping The Summer Momentum Going For Families & Volunteers in Kids Ministry



Ah, summertime—the season of sunny days, sandy beaches, and family vacations galore! While children eagerly anticipate days of adventure and play, those of us in children's ministry know it's also a time of unique challenges. As families jet off to explore new horizons, our attendance may dip, and our faithful volunteers might be soaking up the sun themselves. But fear not, because with a splash of creativity and a sprinkle of enthusiasm, we can keep the spirit of joy and learning alive all summer long! So grab your shades and get ready to dive into some fantastic tips to keep families and volunteers engaged in our sunny-seasoned journey of children's ministry.


For Families:


  1. Communicate Early and Often: Inform families well in advance about summer schedules, special events, and any changes in programming. Use multiple communication channels such as emails, newsletters, social media, and church announcements. Don’t sleep on telling them about the fun things happening in the summer unless chances are, they won’t be there.

  2. Create a Summer Calendar: Develop a clear and attractive summer calendar that outlines all activities, including special outings, family events, and themed weeks. Make it visually appealing and accessible both online and in print.

  3. Offer Flexible Options: Recognize that families have varied summer schedules. Provide options such as mid-week gatherings, weekend activities, or even virtual sessions for those unable to attend in person.

  4. Family-Focused Events: Plan events that involve the whole family, such as picnics, movie nights, or service projects. These gatherings strengthen community bonds and encourage regular participation.

  5. Summer Reading or Bible Study Programs: Encourage families to engage in summer reading challenges or Bible study plans together. Provide resources and incentives for participation, fostering spiritual growth outside of regular sessions.


For Volunteers:


  1. Summer Volunteer Schedule: Create a flexible volunteer schedule that accommodates vacations and other commitments. Consider shorter shifts or rotating teams to ensure adequate coverage. 

  2. Training and Appreciation: Host a summer volunteer training session to refresh skills and discuss specific challenges and opportunities during the summer months. Show appreciation for their dedication with small tokens of gratitude.

  3. Personal Development Opportunities: Offer opportunities for volunteers to grow personally and spiritually during the summer. This could include book studies, guest speakers, or workshops focused on children's ministry.

  4. Stay Connected: Maintain regular communication with volunteers throughout the summer. Provide updates, prayer requests, and words of encouragement to keep them motivated and connected to the ministry's mission.

  5. Celebrate Achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate milestones or achievements of volunteers during the summer, whether it's birthdays, anniversaries of service, or personal accomplishments.

  6. Make Serving FUN!: Laugh…smile…grab a confetti popper if you need to, but do everything in your power to make serving fun for your workers. Think about what you can resource them with to help lift their load and their spirits? What can you surprise them with? Whatever it is, strive to make their experience an enjoyable one. 


By implementing these strategies, you can create a dynamic and engaging environment that sustains enthusiasm and commitment among families and volunteers throughout the summer months. Remember, flexibility, communication, and intentional planning are key to a successful summer in children's ministry! So, let's continue to innovate, celebrate, and elevate our ministry with love, laughter, and a whole lot of summer fun! Together, we'll make this season shine brighter than ever before. Here's to a summer filled with joy, growth, and endless blessings for all!


Rooting for you Always!

Esther


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