What you need:
A laminate machine (optional)
Laminate paper (optional)
Student pictures & bio
Schedule of Events
Every time your church has a community dinner, holiday banquet, Easter breakfast or other event where a meal is served- it is an opportunity to promote the children’s ministry. When you advertise properly you will see parents get excited about involving their kids in church, and actively inviting others to bring their kids to church.
Each Sunday school student can create several placemats over the course of the year so that you will have plenty available when the time comes to use them. Make sure you get the okay from the Pastor or event coordinator to use advertising placemats. If you are not familiar with using a computer to create things, there might be someone within your church that is. Seek help if needed.
Write a short paragraph that promotes the children’s ministry, three to five sentences would be ideal. For example- “Lifeline Connect Church offers an exciting children’s ministry packed full of fun games, terrific crafts, and life-changing lessons that promote character and positive social interaction. Your child will never want to miss this Sunday school experience.”-would be a great, short description to put on the placemat.
Create a student survey. The survey should have a place for the students name and include fields to answer the following questions: What do you like about Sunday School? What do you like to do outside? What do you like to do at home? What is your favorite thing to eat? Help younger children fill out the survey by asking the question and writing in their answers.
Create child bio’s using the survey. The bio should be six sentences or fewer and highlight the Sunday school student. Here is an example. “Corey has been in our Sunday school for two years. He enjoys the crafts and games played during Sunday school. His favorite thing to do is play Mario Cart on his Wii. He likes to watch Disney movies and collects baseball cards. Corey can quote his take-home Bible verse almost every week and is very engaged in learning about God. We are thankful he is a part of our Sunday school class.”
Take photos of each student. Use a white background and have good lighting. Your church might have a good amateur or professional photographer that can help with this; put an add in the church bulletin. Load all the photos onto the computer being used to create the placemats.
Select coloring pictures that go with a Sunday school lesson. Use Google to find a coloring page by entering in a term such as “David and Goliath coloring page.” Hit “search” and select “images.” Find an image and save it to your computer.
Create a placemat template. Click on the photo for an example. Insert the coloring page, promotional paragraph and item such as an events schedule. Save the template.
Use the template to create a placemat for each student. Insert the bio and student picture then “Save As” Use the students name when “saving” Open the template and do the same for each student. You can reuse each child’s saved placemat for new lessons by simply opening the file and changing the coloring picture to match the lesson.
Print out each individual student’s placemat and have each child color his own after the lesson.
If you want to laminate each placemat for repeat usage, do so at this time. You may also ask each adult to take the placemat at her seat home and pray for that child weekly.
At your next event put the placemats at each seat to promote the Sunday school. Parents, Grandparents, church members and visitors will enjoy reading about the students and seeing what goes on in the Sunday school. If you have an upcoming event, make sure to have registrations on hand.