School and homework. Lessons and activities. Birthday parties and church activities. Family calendars fill up fast with information coming from many directions. That’s why communication is key in your children’s ministry.
To make information as easy and accessible as possible, keep in mind these three C’s:
Consistency is important. When parents know when and how you are sending out information, they will know where to look if they have questions.
A weekly or monthly newsletter sent to parents by email, Facebook and/or Instagram is a good start. Another option is to give children a handout each Sunday morning with upcoming dates and activities. Something families can place on the refrigerator is always helpful.
Busy parents appreciate clear instructions. How can you accomplish this? First, provide information far enough in advance so parents can plan properly. Second, present information in a fun and creative way as much as possible to build excitement in children and parents. Third, use a clean, simple layout that is easy to read.
Use headings and bullet points to emphasize major points, and keep long explanations to a minimum. (Search “children’s newsletters” templates on canva.com for free ideas.)
Ministry goes hand in hand with building relationships. Show the parents at your church how much you value their role as their child’s primary Bible teacher and spiritual leader.
Inform parents what their children are learning in Bible study, and provide tips for how parents might build on the lessons at home during the week. This can easily be included in the newsletter or handout, and parents will notice the intentional effort you are making to engage the family in learning Scripture together.