PROMOTION WEEK/BACK TO SCHOOL
KIDS ENTERING THE CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
IT'S PROMOTION DAY!!!
WELCOME CHILDREN ENTERING THE CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT WITH A "WELCOME TO OUR CLASSROOM/DEPARTMENT PARTY." IF YOUR PROMOTION DATE COINSIDES WITH THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, HOST A COMBINATION PARTY.
Throw a big "Welcome to the Children's Department party....complete with decorations, snacks, music, fun photo pics, games and more!
Introduce your teachers
Go over classroom rules
Take silly prop pics (don't forget to include your teachers)
Send home a "Welcome to the Children's Department bag full of fun and informative items.
Not back in the church building yet? Do a porch drop with "Back to School" bags and a FaceBook "First Day of School" picture competition.
Set up a photo area and take lots of silly "Promotion"/"Back to School pics." Remember to include your teachers in the activities.
DOWNLOADABLE PHOTO PROPS
Bag Tag Instructions:
Download and print out the bag tag
Using a hole punch, punch two holes in the bottom left-hand corner. (Use the two black dots as your guide).
Run the two ends of the ribbon up through the two holes.
Place a piece of chalk...or a pencil between the two holes.
Tie the ribbon tightly around the chalk.
Tie a bow.
Using a hole punch, punch one hole in the upper right.
Run a ribbon through the hole and tie the two ends together to form your tag hanger...or glue the tag directly to the bag.
Bag Stuffer Suggestions
Bag Ideas to Consider
This is a great time to connect/re-connect with all of your families. A bag with the following info is beneficial to all families.
Customize your bags to fit either the new-comer or the families who have been with you for a while.
List of Classroom Rules
Children's Department Brochure
List of activities that families may want to participate in
Calendar of events
Teachers names and contact information
Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. Info
Child Information Sheet (to be completed and returned)
Bus Rider Forms
Photo Permission Form (I have this on the Child Information Sheet
Any other forms that are required by your church.
Prizes (think school supplies)
Possible Mission Force
Get ready to share Christ's love and promote a positive change in your community.
Here's How It Works
This mission event is similar to a "Secret Santa" event.
Families will do little acts of kindness or hide items around their community...with the goal of not getting caught.
A "Spread Kindness" card will be left behind for each Act of Kindness.
Encourage families to keep a low profile...completing their missions without getting caught!
Of course, any mission involving baked foods will have to be done in person...but items can be dropped off and a request to share can be given.
Give families some examples such as:
Purchase a new pair of socks, attach a "Spread Kindness" envelope to the socks. Leave the socks in an area that homeless people frequent.
Purchase a can of food, attach a "Spread Kindness" envelope to the can. Drop the can off at a local "Little Free Panty" or local food bank.
Purchase a box of crayons (or any school supply), attach a "Spread Kindness" envelope to the box, and drop it into a school supply drive dropbox.
Bake cookies, attach a "Spread Kindness" envelope to the container, and drop off at your local fire/police station.
See a need in your neighborhood? Take care of the need without getting caught...leave a "Spread Kindness" card behind.
Pick some flowers and drop on a neighbors doorstep. Leave a "Spread Kindness" card behind.
Encourage families to get creative!
The event will run for 8 weeks...or however long you choose.
Here's what you do!
Purchase one large manila envelope and one composition notebook per family.
Purchase boxes of small envelopes. These will be used to place the "Spread Kindness" cards inside.
Download the manila envelope label and attach one to each envelope
Download the notebook label and attach one to each notebook
Download the flyer and place one inside each envelope
Download the instructions and place one inside each envelope.
Download a "decoder" (if you choose) and place one inside each envelope.
Download the tri-fold "Spread Kindness" cards/sheets and place SEVERAL inside each envelope.
Place several "spread kindness" size envelopes inside each manilla envelope.
Download the 2 sheets of "small envelope" tags and place one of each sheets inside the manilla envelope.
Download a detective badge (name tag) for each family member (if you choose)...you may add a piece of yarn, a piece of string/ribbon or an actual lanyard inside as well.
If you want to purchase black plastic spy glasses (Oriental Trading Company), pencils, magnifying glasses, etc to go inside the envelope...go for it!
Spread Kindness - Tri- Fold Cards
You will need to purchase a box of envelopes for these cards to be placed into
Small Envelope Tags
Families will cut out tag, tape or glue onto small envelopes
Tasks tags for the small envelopes
Drop-offs tags for the small envelopes
Manila Envelope Label
If you "Chews" to accept this Mission. Wrap label around a package of Gum.
Mission Accomplished Card
Want to add some more fun to your event? Download this free Secret Decoder from Dabbles and Babbles and place one inside of each child's envelope. Add a secret message for them to decipher.
Post a new "secret messages" on your children's Facebook page each week.
Just for fun! Fingerprint Chart
Get Creative!!! There are so many things that you can do with this theme!
If I can help with anything...please let me know!
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The Great Scarecrow Capers - Family Fun
One Fun Theme...Three Amazing Events
Each Event Builds Upon the Next!
I praise you because I am fearfully and onderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
Looking for some new ideas for October? Look no further!
The Great Scarecrow Capers is the perfect "social distancing" event.
The Great Scarecrow Capers is actually 3 events in one. Each event builds off of the previous one...so the excitement builds as you go along.
You can easily host one...two...or all 3 events.
The cost of this event is relatively cheap...just a few (low budget) prizes.
Anything else is strictly up to you!
Event #1 - Scarecrow Competition
Family Fun Night
The Great Scarecrow Capers begins with a family fun night.
Families (or anyone that would like to join in on the fun) will simply pick up a registration form, complete it and return it to their children's leader.
Families will register for 1, 2 or all 3 events at the start. This is a very important step as it will set event #2 and #3 up for sucess.
If you plan on doing event #2 or event #3...now it the time to promote, promote, promote!
Each event builds upon the previous one so if you are planning on doing all 3...you need to nail down the entries NOW!
For event # 1, families will create their own scarecrows...using items that they find around their house (Families may spend $0 to $5 maximum for supplies).
Encourage families to work together to create their best scarecrow, enjoy delicious Fall treats, select a name for their scarecrow and any other fun ideas of your choosing.
A fun devotion time or scripture passage about being created or being unique, etc. would be perfect for this evening...since all of the scarecrows will be unique.
When finished, families will text or e-mail 2 pics of their finished scarecrows to the children's leader.
Pictures of the scarecrows may be posted on Facebook so that church members (or anyone) can vote for their favorites. As an option, a panel of 2-3 judges can also be appointed to select the winners.
Encourage your families to invite friends and neighbors to register for the The Great Scareccrow Capers as well.
You will need a LOT of scarecrows for event #2 and #3...you will see why later.
Rally the troops...invite friends, neighbors, family members...even the entire neighborhood or street to participate!
That's it....Event # 1 is done!
Information and Tips
I have attached the following FREE downloads
The Great Scarecrow Capers - Flyer Front Side
Blank Flyer Back Side...So that you can create your own rules and information
Scarecrow Competition Flyer (Below)
If you need help creating any of these...just ask, I will be glad to help!
Add the following to your list of rules
Scarecrows must be self supporting...meaning that they must stand or sit but themselves.
Stuff your scarecrows with light weight materials. Straw, plastic Wal-Mart bags (wadded up), newspaper (wadded up), etc. Note: Shredded paper DOES NOT work well.
For the scarecrow heads, an old pillow case stuffed with newspaper, etc works well. Stuff it with paper until it is the size and shape of an adults head. Tie a string around the fabric...just under the stuffing to hold it in place. Stuff the rest of the fabric down into the shirt as far as you can. Flip the collar up and wrap a string around the collar. Tie the string tightly around the collar and the pillow case to hold the head in place. Flip the collar down into place.
Tie strings through the front belt loops and toss them (the strings) over the shoulders of the scarecrow. Then tie it to the back beltloops. This creates suspenders and holds the top half and bottom half together.
If you are going to add a pole to your scarecrow, put the pole through the leg hole before you stuff it...same with the shirt. For the head, you will have to work it through the stuffing.
A pair of overalls work perfect...if you have them.
Long pants and long sleeve shirts are needed.
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.
Event # 2 - "Scarecrow Row"
Families will bring their completed scarecrows to the church...and display them outdoors along a designated trail.
This event can be done several ways.
1. You may create a walking trail (social distancing) where the scarecrows line the walking trail.
2. You can display the scarecrows around the edges of your parking lot and families can drive thru and look at the scarecrows
3. You can use the scarecrow row as part of your Fall Festival where families walk the designated path, check out the scarecrows, play a social distancing game, take a family pic (using their own cell phone), or receive a snack items (bag of popcorn, hot dog, etc) at various scarecrows along the trail. On the way out, families will vote for their favorite scarecrow and receive a bag filled with treats, tracks, church info, etc.
Best scarecrows will win a prize!
Below is a sample flyer as well as a blank one. I have not spent a lot of time on the sample...it is just for inspiration. You will note that it does not have a time or date so don't forget to add one to your flyer. Use the blank page to design a custom flyer for your event. If you need help adding your info, I would be glad to give you
a hand. (no charge)
This event could be done during your Fall Festival or any time in October.
Open it to the public...have your families invite their family, friends and neighbors.
Promote it as you would your Fall Festival...only social distancing!
Event # 3 - Scarecrows on Parade
Scarecrows on Parade is a family driving event...much like looking at Christmas lights.
Participating families will create a display in their front yard using their scarecrows as the main attraction. If you want to assign a theme...as they do in some parades, you may do so. However, letting them be creative may be more fun!
You will want to keep the driving distance relatively short. A good solution for families who live a long ways away from the church, is to have your route begin at the church. Those who do not live close can set up an entire display OR simply set up their scarecrows with others that may want to do the same.
Remember...as mentioned at the beginning...having entire subdivision participation or several in a particular neighborhood is a GREAT idea. This way, the touring families will stay engaged.
When you begin registration, encourage families to challenge their friends, relatives, neighbors, etc. right from the start (event #1)
Participants will start at the church where they will receive a map to follow as well as anything else that you may want to hand out.
To encourage families to stick with it, you may want to end at the church as well...offer a prize or create a punch card where they mark off each scarecrow as they view it. They can then drop their card off at the church for a chance to win a prize. You could also pass out hot dogs and popcorn, etc at the end.
Encourage "touring" participants to take pics of the scarecrow displays when they see them...and text them to you. Post all of them on Facebook to promote your church. The pics are also great promotion tools for next year.
If you need any help with creating your flyers, let me know, I would be happy to help! FREE!
Community Wide Family Event
The real question should be ...Where "isn't" Wally?
For this fun family event, families will receive a
map, a mission, and a mystery verse to solve.
The map will be of an area that covers several city blocks. Several blocks long and several blocks wide. You can do this in a downtown area or select a neighborhood area...several streets wide by several streets long.
The mission is to find "Wally." There will be 29 Wally's inside the map area. (families will be traveling by car...not on foot)
The mystery verse is a scripture from the Bible...John 3:16 (you may create your own scripture or switch this up any way that you choose.)
Families will begin their journey at the church where they will receive their map, their team color, a pencil, their mystery verse, and any other information that you would like to add to your event. You may want to print up a page with your text information on it and ask participants to text a few pics of themselves with the different Wally's.
If you are hosting your event in the downtown area, check with businesses inside your map area and request free coupons for drinks, ice cream, etc. for each participant.
If you are going into a neighborhood, consider setting up a hot chocolate stand or something similar for participants to stop and enjoy.
TEAM COLORS AND MAP AREAS
If you are a smaller size church, you will want to use one team color and one map area. If you are a larger church you may want to create more map areas or expand the size of your map area to accommodate more cars. I have created 4 different team colors in case you need room to grow.
Keep in mind, if you create more teams, you will also have to recruit more Wally volunteers. Each area requires 29 Wally volunteers. (+- Depending on the reference scripture being used)
THE HUNT BEGINS
For this event, participants will not be looking for clues, objects or places...they will be looking for Wally (There will be 29 Wally's)
Once they find a Wally, they will write down the number from the back of Wally's shirt and the coordination letter from the front of his shirt.
These numbers and letters will be used to solve the mystery scripture on the back of the map pamphlet.
Who is Wally? Wally is a volunteer dressed in stripes...hanging out and blending in with all the other Wally's in the neighborhood.
"Wally" may be riding a bicycle, roller skating, sitting on the porch, playing basketball, visiting with neighbors, or simply hanging out on the corner with friends.
All "Wally's" are dressed the same...they are all dressed in stripes...the stripes are all the same color...and they all have the same name...Wally!
Families will drive up and down the designated streets...looking for Wally.
This is the perfect event for your teens to participate in. However, make sure that there are plenty of adults hanging out to keep a close eye on them.
Ask your Wally's to get creative...they can ride their bikes up and down the street, roller skate, skateboard, play basketball (if it is a home of someone they know), visit with neighbors, sit on a porch, or hang out on the corner talking with their friends. Have them use their imagination to come up with some fun ideas.
Wally's should not hide...but they can be a little hard to find.
Wally's should have a mask with him...and be willing to pose (socially distanced) for pics with each family if they request a picture.
All Wally's must be dressed with the same color stripes. You can accomplish this by purchasing white sweats and a white sweatshirt and using red tape to make the stripes of purchase white disposable painters coveralls and taping or painting the stripes on them. I have seen the coverall range from $3 - $5 each for the thin ones...which is all that you need.
If you can't afford either of these options, do some brainstorming to come up with some fun...easy to spot...alternatives.
Below is a sample of what I have referred to above...painters disposable coveralls.
If you are hosting your event in a neighborhood, try to include some streets where your members live. Designate their house as safe zones by placing a flag or marker in their yard.
Ask your safe zone families to speak with other neighbors requesting that they sit outside their homes and watch the fun...or look out occasionally to make sure that all is well.
Ask for adult volunteers to park their cars throughout the area to
keep an eye on everyone.
Set up a drink or snack area throughout the map area and have adults pass out snacks, keep an eye on the Wally's, and provide a safe area for youth to come to if necessary.
Recruit some adult Wally's to mix in with the children.
Request police drive by's throughout the event
Host your event while it is still light. (4-6 pm approx)
Create photo op areas where families will stop to get their pics taken. Photographers will be an extra set of eyes
Have your Wally's buddy up or stay within eyeshot of one another
Instruct Wally's not to enter any homes (except designated safe homes)
USE YOUR IMAGINATION
All of my ideas are to get you motivated...and inspired.
Don't look at an event and say that it doesn't fit your church...or that your church can't afford to do it. Instead, take it and tweak it to fit.
Add to them, take away from them however you like.
I add some teaching and scripture but I purposefully leave most of that to you.
I want them to be adaptable to everyone...every denomination, every church.
Add your lessons, your scriptures, your inspiration to make them fit your church!
There are several lessons that can be taught with this activity...such as:
NOT having to look like everyone else.
Seek and you shall find
How God looks at the inside...not the outside.
Samuel...God looks at the heart
HOSTING THIS EVENT AT YOUR CHURCH
This would be a great event to host at your church once COVID-19 is a thing of the past. Families...youth or kids (perhaps with a parent)...could search your campus on foot to find the Wally's. It would take a little bit of tweaking but it would be a load of fun!
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE SAMPLE