People are busy! It is hard enough to get people to volunteer, so how can we ask them to serve every week? Weekends are busy with family commitments, or time to relax and sleep in. Volunteering weekly will be the most rewarding for volunteers but how can we get them to understand that?
Recently we hosted a Princess Party at our church. We had over 800 people attend the event. 60% of people were not regular church attenders. We received a lot of positive feedback after the event about how much people enjoyed coming to the event. Here are some of the things we included at the Princess Party:
Sometimes when it comes to recruiting volunteers, you need to think outside the box. Bulletin announcements & mass emails are just not working. That’s when you do a BIG Recruiting Event. Here are some recruiting ideas that we did to make our Recruiting Event Successful:
Four times a year we do an event that is meant for families to do something together.
Gingerbread Party – to kick off the Christmas Season
Princess Party – in the winter
Family BBQ – during our EPIC kids summer camp week
LEGO Party – in the spring
Here are some pictures of our LEGO Party and what we did:
This past weekend, we had the Grand Opening of our new church building which has been under construction for over a year. We built a new kids area, renovated our office space, and built a 2nd auditorium that seats 300 people. Here are a few Grand Openings Ideas that we did.
Training Volunteers is something that needs to be done when they sign up to volunteer, and on a regular basis. This weekend we had our annual Kids Ministry Volunteer Training Event. Here’s what we did:
Every summer we run an EPIC week for kids at our church. It’s basically kids ministry on steroids. The energy is high, the kids and volunteers are excited to be there and God does amazing things during the week. The theme for our event was science. Here is a closer look at our science VBS decor.
To kick off the Christmas Season, we have a Gingerbread Party on the last Saturday in November. Families can spend time together at all the different activities and they can build a Gingerbread House together.
A few times a year we hold a Family Dedication Event. Instead of calling it a baby dedication, we call it a family dedication. It’s a chance for parents to:
#1 Publicly thank God for these children
#2 To commit themselves to raising their children to follow God
#3 To ask for God’s blessings on their children
#4 To ask the church to partner with them
Once a year I host a Kids Ministry Training Event for all my Kids Ministry Volunteers. I do it “conference style” with Main Sessions and Workshops. I work hard to create a fun event that people enjoy coming to so that they will want to come to the next training event. This particular event was a Monster Mash.
Did you ever play Kerplunk when you were a kid? We built one of these giant Kerplunk games for our church. It’s a great game to play as a group and have fun together. Here’s how we did it.
If you want to add some fun to your event, and want to remember people’s names, plan to have a PHOTO BOOTH at your event! Collect names & contact info from people so that you can email them their picture. It will also help you to remember people’s names the next time you see them.