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Special Greetings

Karl Bastian

Greeters

Have greeters at the door whose only job is to meet and greet visitors. You only get one chance at first impressions and a child, with or without a parent, standing unnoticed isn't a good first impression!

Often teachers are busy preparing for class and aren't available for the visitors. Recruit greeters among your older church members who don't want to teach a class but may be willing to serve as a kind greeter. Once classes start, these greeters can go on to their class.

Sweet Smiles

Job 29:24 says "When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them." A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight. More than anything you want the children who visit your church to feel loved and welcome.

Laugh It Up

Humor is a highway to the heart. Getting a laugh is a great icebreaker. Shake a child's hand and say, "Nice to meet you! Are you nervous?" After the child answers, say, "Well, you're shaking!"

On My Level

Kneel if necessary to greet kids at eye level. It's easier for children to befriend someone at their level than look up at a towering giant.

ADDED TOUCHES

Greet visitors intentionally and creatively. They're a big part of why you're there. Use these fun ideas.

Visitor Sticker

Put a special sticker (or button) on your visitor that lets everyone know you have a special guest. Your sticker can say "VIP -- Very Important Person" or "Honored Guest." Train the workers in every department to look for children with these stickers and go out of their way to welcome them.

Surprise Box

Kids love gifts, so let your visitors pick a small gift from a Visitor Gift Box. You can also give a gift to the child who brought the guest.

Visitor Song

Invite your visitor to stand or come to the front. Sing this "Welcome Song" to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Replace with the appropriate child's name.

  • First verse: "Bobby brought a friend today, friend today, friend today. Bobby brought a friend today to Sunday school -- hooray!"
  • Second verse: "We are all so glad you came, glad you came, glad you came. We are all so glad you came to Sunday school today!"

PAPER TRAIL

Keep sending those welcome vibes in print.

Mailbox Greeting

Mail a letter -- not to the parents, but to the children who visit. Include a children's ministry brochure for the parents. For the child include a Bible coloring sheet, the gospel story, and a small gift such as a sheet of stickers, a baseball card, or a coupon to an ice cream shop.

Kid Info Center

Develop an Information Desk for kids with a table low enough for them to see materials such as children's bulletins, gospel story booklets, crayons for church, fliers for upcoming events, and children's ministry brochures.


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