As summer comes to a close, the back-to-school season begins. Whether you are going back to school or have kids going back to school the transitions are very similar. Are you ready? If you are still getting out of Summer mode, we are here to help you kickstart those ideas and strategies to prepare yourself or your kids for another year of learning.
How To Make The Most Of Your Back To School Ideas & Outreach
As you will slowly find out from the info provided in this article, there’s a multitude of resources out there that seek to help you with your specific needs for this crazy season.
After you have put in the work and research for this upcoming year the next step is to get people on board. Get your group leaders and kids excited to jump back into the school year! Creating excitement for back to school is a great way to get everyone involved. Think about it, if you are the only one on your team fired up, it will be challenging to get anything done. Here are just a few ways to get families and kids excited about back to school.
Move Up Sunday
Dedicate a special Sunday church service and “promote” the kids from one class to another. Make a big deal about it, almost like a graduation ceremony for the kids as the move on up. Start with the 12th graders first by having them graduate into the adult worship service, then have the 11th graders move up to 12th grade class and keep going down the line, moving all of your kids up a class. This is a great time to rally around the kids in your church and make them feel special. We even have special Move Up Sunday church media bundle to help you promote and brand your church service.
Start New Small Groups Or Home Groups
During the summer, church attendance drops and families tend to be caught up with summer vacation plans and enjoying the nice weather while enjoying all of the wonderful summer activities. As families start to return to church and school is starting, it’s a perfect time to start up new small groups or home groups at your church. Perhaps consider adding a small group for parents whose kids just wend off to school for the first time, or even college age students. You can even create a small group for young married couples who don’t have kids yet, or even a grandparents small group. Each group can either go through the same curriculum as a church body, or have it tailored to each group. Either way, we know that your church congregation will love having different options. Also, small groups are a great way for newer visitors to get plugged in at the church. Check out our Life Group church media bundle to promote and invite others to join. Print out extra flyers and give them to members in your small groups to invite friends and family!
Increase Communication Of Events
One of the most difficult struggles for churches can be the promotion and communication of special events, outreach opportunities, classes or small groups at the church. One of the most easiest ways to keep your congregation in the loop is with the use of your very own church mobile app. Not only will your church members be staying up to date on the latest events and outreach opportunities, you can also have all of your audio/video sermons, blogs, contact information, small group info, and even have live streaming! Your church will love having access to all of this, directly through their smartphones. Plus updating it, is a breeze! Our church mobile app connects directly to your church website, meaning you publish it once, it shows up on multiple locations. Also, you can send custom push notifications directly to their phones to update them on urgent prayer requests, last minutes changes or reminders of special events. Learn more about all of the amazing features a church app can provide your church here!
Build Your Church Team
Creating excitement around your church team is just as important as the back to school ideas listed above. You will need to find those who want to be a part of what you are doing with your church ministry and outreach, and one way to do that is to host a volunteer drive or a “job fair” at your church. Dedicate a Sunday after the church service to promote various ways members of the church can get involved in various ministries or outreach programs. If your church doesn’t have many currently, then perhaps its time to come up with a few new ones. It can be simple ones like a team that goes around and does yard work in your community for those who are unable to, or a ministry of grandmas who can help first time mothers in the church/community with meal plans, laundry and more. Promote your volunteer drive with this church media bundle here.
Back To School Ideas For Church Fall Programs & Outreach
Evaluate what you did last year, what worked? What didn’t work? Once you’ve gathered that, try to incorporate those successful events with some new back to school ideas for this year. As you probably know by now, events that revolve around food usually result in a good amount of attendees. Use the remainder of the Summer season and have a picnic. Enjoy the upcoming football season. Attend fall concerts or festivals. For most areas, the transition between summer and fall tends to be a really nice couple of weeks that you could capitalize on with some great events. Here are some other great events you can incorporate into your fall schedule.
New Church Member Fellowship
Host a back to school gathering time for new families in the church to mingle and get to know each other more. Make it a monthly or bi-monthly event for the school season. Members in your church will love being able to share this time with others and also share food.
Bless Local Teachers
Create a group in your church to create snacks or home made goodies for your teachers at a local school. Reach out to the schools in your area and see which ones would be willing to let you come by and deliver baskets of goodies and also a thank you card for the teachers and some prayers for them as well. These teachers will be so overwhelmed with joy and love.
Prayers & Coffee
Create a special time for mothers to get together during the week after they drop their kids off at school. This time can be used for prayer and building each other up. Try dividing the mothers up by the age of their children or the schools their children attend and match them up with mothers with kids the same age or at the same school. You’ll find that this will be one of the most popular events of the week.
Provide free child care once a month for your church and community while the parents go out on the town for a date night! This not only helps to bless the parents and provide a way for them to spend time together, but it also helps bless your city with more business as you are encouraging your church to go out on the town for dinner and a movie. Open up this event to other families who may not attend your church.
Serve The Community
Get together as a church body and look for ways to serve your community. Perhaps its partnering with a local program like Habit For Humanity, cleaning up a local park or offering to serve concessions at a local school sports game. Whatever you end up deciding to do, members of your community will love seeing your church involved and living out the Gospel.
First Responders Breakfast
On September 11th, honor all of the brave men and women who are first responders in your city by hosting a free breakfast for them and their families. This is a very powerful way for your church to give back and bless those who are willing to lay their lives down for others, each and every day. Download and use this September 11th graphics bundle for this special event.
Back To School Fundraising Ideas
Back to school can be a hard time for families who are struggling financially. There are so many different ways and ideas for back to school fundraisers. Here are just a few ideas on back to school fundraisers.
Fill A Backpack
Partner with a local school or a shelter and get a list of children who are in need of backpacks and school supplies. Purchase a backpack for each child, then attach their name, age, gender, grade, school and the supplies they need. If possible, include some more information such as favorite color, sport or animal. Once you have done this, recruit your church congregation to take home a backpack and fill it with the needed supplies plus any extra goodies, like a gift card to purchase new clothes or a children’s Bible. The kids and parents will be blown away by this very special gift!
Partner With A Local School
Contact a local school and ask to help them out this coming school season by buying supplies for the school and the kids. It may be shocking, public schools and teachers need supplies just as much as the children. If your church doesn’t have much funds, try to just provide supplies for a single classroom. Your church can gather together and drop off the supplies and some gift baskets for the school staff and teachers. The school will love this support and it is a great way of spreading the Gospel and showing God’s love to a local school! You can help promote this event with this school supply drive media bundle.
Create A Back To School Fundraiser
By far one of the more simpler and yet impactful ways to support families in need is by creating a back to school donations fund with with your online giving platform. Create a brand new giving form and place it on your church website, church mobile app, share it on Facebook, email and even add a QR code to your church bulletins. You can easily set up a brand new giving form in just minutes! Once your form is created, you can start promoting your fundraiser by sending custom push notifications through your church mobile app or by sharing the form on social media. By creating a online giving form, it allows members to help and support children and families for those who may not have the time to shop for supplies. Once you have collected the funds, go on a shopping spree and buy the needed supplies for the families. Then you can host a back to school event and invite all of the families and hand out the supplies.
Back To School Media
One important back to school idea is to celebrate the back to school season is by making it a big deal during your church service for a whole month. While some kids in your church may already be in school, or some are homeschooled or about to start, there is still a ton to celebrate and your kids will love feeling the support and encouragement. Using back to school graphics and media during your church service is just one way of doing this. With over 200 back to school church graphics and media, Sharefaith has everything you need to celebrate back to school in style, including sermon Powerpoint, church motion graphics, countdown timers, worship backgrounds and worship video loops, bifold & trifold church bulletins, church flyers, church newsletters and website banners. All of these are fully downloadable and easy to make your own with various formats in UHD 4K, HD, SD, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, No-Text and more.
Other Fantastic Back To School Ideas & Resources
Inherently, this is the time of year that breeds an atmosphere of change and transition. Don’t let that lull you to sleep and miss this opportunity! New opportunities result in an onslaught of new challenges that are just waiting to bombard anyone who decides to separate from the pack of sheep. They can easily become the target for the enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion waiting for this opportune moment to pounce.
Now is not the time to wait and be on the defense. Be proactive with these 12 Back to School Sermons to help prepare both parents and kids for the school year. Be on the offensive!
In addition to the sermons, you should engage in your own Bible studies at home with your families. Are you feeling anxious? Worried? Overwhelmed? Self-conscious? Well, God has a lot to discuss with you. These Back to School Bible Verses cover anything from anxiety to worry, trust to discouragement, the temptation to purpose, anything you need to for strength. The Bible is full on encouragement for you and your family.
While summer is almost over, and VBS is all said and done, now is the time to start planing for back to school. Not sure where to start? Check out this checklist for Sunday School leaders. You’ll feel empowered to face the back to school season and conquer it. Plus, we’ve added the top 10 back to school memes for Sunday School to add some fun along the way!
Summer is a fantastic time for Sunday School: VBS, summer camps, small class sizes, and great weather; but winter is coming. With this back to school checklist, you’ll not only be able to face back to school, you’ll conquer it! While this time of year is serious business, we’ve assembled the top 10 back to school memes for Sunday School to inject some fun along the way
This may seem like an odd thing to include for back to school, it is also a very important! Think about it, with the new school season, families start coming back to church and even new families start looking for churches to attend. While you may already have a church website up and running, it might be time to give it a little tender love and care. Check out this ultimate church website design guide for anything and everything about church website design. Follow the guide and you’ll have a stunning, brand new church website just in time for the new school season!