It is so easy to have the worship service being prepared for Easter. The preaching is ready, the piano is tuned, and the yard is mowed.
What about Sunday School? We can be so good about having the front door open but if the back door is as wide then once again all we will have CEOs (attenders of Christmas, Easter, and other holidays).
So what are some final preparations to make for Sunday School to connect to families?
1. Have your children and youth areas fully staffed. Remember you are going to have families and in most circumstances entire families coming to church for a rare visit. One of the biggest mishaps that can occur is not having the rooms clean but rather not having the rooms properly staffed. This can be one of the best first impressions that you can make. It shows families that you are prepared and anticipating their attendance. Having extra workers will help as well.
2. Have prepared refreshments and food. With church already being intimidating enough, to have food or drinks prepared helps lighten any mood in a group. It also helps give a place for conversations to occur. Anything is better than nothing. We can miss a great way to help people feel comfortable by doing church as normal.
3. If you are going to do something different be prepared to keep doing it. Do not just have a class that meets for one Sunday, do not just have breakfast for one Sunday, do not just have fellowship in your group time for just one Sunday. More people have stopped coming to church because the know all the gimmicks that are given to them to help them come. We need to in our Sunday school not do just one thing for one Sunday but find ways to keep doing things throughout the year that keep the new things going.
4. Prepare for follow up. The greatest way to tell how Easter Sunday goes is not by Easter Sunday but by what happens the next Sunday. If Easter is the given for attendance then seeing how much people attach to your Sunday school is by how they return the following Sunday. Being prepared to meet guests and invite them to return is vital for what happens to your church and Sunday school the following Sunday.
Have a great Sunday and let's be diligent in the work of teaching, reaching, ministry, and fellowship.