After a busy summer, that may have seemed like a marathon of nonstop programs, most children’s ministers are trying to catch their breath heading toward fall. It can be tempting to not want to plan another big event right away, but fall events present great opportunities for your church. Here are five reasons you should consider hosting a fall event (many of which go hand-in-hand):

1. A fall event can help you build relationships with kids in your church.

Hanging out with children on Sundays and Wednesdays is important, but if you are always just teaching and never taking time to have fun with them, your influence in their lives probably isn’t as great as it could be. Through these types of events, you and your leaders are able to build relationships with kids and get to know them better by playing. The old saying holds true, “Kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

2. A fall event can be a great connecting point with your community.

A fall event can be a great way to introduce your community to your church and your children’s ministry. When people attend, you are able to give out information about your church. Smiling faces and friendly conversations with volunteers and church members also show your community that you love them and welcome them with open arms.

3. A fall event can provide opportunities to share the gospel.

This is an extremely important reason to host a fall event. For some people who might attend, your event could present them with their first chance to hear the good news of salvation. Whether you choose to have a Christian performer, speaker, or simply hand out tracts, attendees can leave knowing how they can find forgiveness in Jesus.

4. A fall event can help families spend time together.

Families in most churches have extremely busy schedules. If families are going to spend quality time together, often times they have to plan their calendars to do so. A fall event can help your families find that opportunity and create memories for them that will last a lifetime.

5. A fall event can serve as an alternative to other Halloween activities.

Whatever your personal position on Halloween is, we all can agree that Halloween presents opportunities for trouble, danger, and mischief. Hosting a fall event at your church gives families peace of mind in knowing that their children will have fun in a safe, Christian environment, and they won’t have to worry about “checking” their kids’ candy or about oncoming cars not seeing them on a dark street.

 

If you are looking for a fun fall event, here is a great Fall Fest kit from Group, that I have used personally and highly recommend.

 

Is your church planning a fall event? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

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