Spring is right around the corner, so it is a great opportunity for events and activities to boost interest and attendance.
Spring begins March 21, and of course, the March World Mission Drive is in full swing with only another week to go. But Sunday School’s promotion of Missions can begin at the beginning of the month with “March to Sunday School for Missions.” What a wonderful time to emphasize missions in Sunday School and Children’s Church.
What can you do?
Fund raiser: Have a “Time for Dimes” contest for World Missions. This would be especially good for children. Make a clock on poster board (use dimes for numbers). Have the adults spin the minute hand and give the number of dimes it lands on. If they want to spin the hour hand, it would be double. (Note: Don’t do this in the church sanctuary. Take it to the fellowship hall and have refreshments as they play the game.) Give information about your Sister Sunday School.
March to Sunday School: Contact visitors and no-shows with a personal invitation to come back. Have welcome signs up and greeters at the door. Be careful not to embarrass visitors, but be sure they get a personal greeting and a general welcome from the pulpit. Put a notice in the newspaper for the special service. The children would probably enjoy actually marching.
Now that Spring has sprung, it’s April. Good Friday (April 19) and Resurrection Sunday (April 21) should be given special attention. An enactment of the crucifixion in a special service on Good Friday would be very much in order. (Announce it on the radio and the newspaper to invite the community. Through this service and continued on Sunday morning, people can be reached. An egg hunt is not encouraged for the children, but a spiritual scavenger hunt could be planned as a fun teaching method, which could be utilized during Sunday School time.
Also, April is a perfect month to have a “Showers of Blessings” service. Look up the many ways blessings came in the Bible to people and have someone to dress and act out the event. Wouldn’t this be a good time to send video of the service to your Sister Sunday School.
Youth Emphasis Week begins April 28, so plan for the Sunday School to something special for the church youth. Perhaps the older members could serve a lunch or breakfast to the youth. Have small gifts for everyone to let them know how special they are and how important they are to the Church. Since it will be warm weather by then, an outing in the park would bring all ages together. Pray together and play together. It works wonders.
May comes in with flowers and sunshine. The Sunday School could have a landscaping day for the church property. What fun can be had cleaning and planting! Youth Emphasis Week continues, so their involvement can add excitement. You can “make the flowers bloom.” And won’t the community be glad to see the amazing work being done. You could also present flowers to visitors on an announced Sunday.
Mother’s Day is the first holiday in May – on the second Sunday, May 12. Invite mothers and their children personally and get the camera out. Honor the mothers however it is fitting for your Sunday School. If you can take photos, they will be treasured. You might want to plan a dinner for the mothers. (In June, you can do the same for the fathers.) Your youth might could arrange to go to a nursing home and “adopt” a mother or grandmother who may not have a family.
Bible Training Institute begins May 27 (registration is May 26), and the services at night are open to the public. If you are located close enough, a good idea is to get a Sunday School class together and go in a group to a B.T.I. service. Afterwards, the group could go out for pizza or ice cream or something (or before).
June 8 is Heritage Day and the closing of B.T.l. and everyone is invited to attend. This is an exciting program and will be beneficial to our Church people, especially. This is on Saturday, so group attendance would be great.
And yes, June 16 is Father’s Day, which sometimes gets lost. Our fathers deserve honor and it’s a good time to talk about the “Fathers of the Faith,” who passed this way before us. Do some research and have someone to be in character for different ones such as Luther, Wesley, A.J. Tomlinson, R.O. Covey, E.H. Griffith, Spurling and so forth. “My name is _____________ and I want to tell you what God did for me ….”
If you have ideas to boost Sunday School during the spring months, how about sharing them. Send me an e-mail, and I will pass them on.