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Strengthening Relationships with Families at Your Church

As the Body of Christ, we’re all connected and called to love and serve one another. Serving the families in your midst is vital for strengthening your children’s ministry. Here are a few ways to help families get connected so that they will feel comfortable attending VBS and other children’s ministry events.

Focus beyond Sunday Morning

Parenting by itself is a full-time job. Couple that reality with parents who also have full-time jobs, and you have some very busy people! One practical way to connect with parents would be to lighten their load in some way.

Try these ideas, for example:

  • Offer to watch their kids while they run errands
  • Bring them a warm meal
  • Lend a listening ear and offer to pray with them
  • Hold a playdate at your house
  • Send an encouraging handwritten note

As you nurture relationships with families, it will seem completely natural to invite them to VBS. They might even feel like they’re being invited to a special party! After that, you can invite them to the VBS closing service, Sunday School, fall festival, or other future church events.

Support Families in Prayer

Along with nurturing relationships with families, supporting them in prayer is also meaningful. Simple questions like, “Do you mind if I pray for you?” or “What can I pray about for your family today?” are easy opportunities to check in regularly with families and keep in touch. When asking for prayer requests, assure families that you will keep their requests confidential. This is a meaningful way to show your care and concern while building the trust that is so essential in new relationships with any person or family.

Offer to Coordinate Transportation

Sometimes it’s a feat for parents to get the kids in the car and on to their next activity. It can be tricky to coordinate schedules, especially within a family. If you are able, offer to pick up and drop off kids to church events. Or coordinate a carpool with another family. These might turn out to be great incentives for these families to get their kids to your next church event, Sunday School, or youth Bible study.

We hope that these ideas will help you get kids to walk through those church doors, get used to your church, and have a good time—all before VBS rolls around!



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