Every children’s minister I know is constantly trying to think of new ways to reach children and help them connect to church and Jesus. I’m sure our church is not the first one to do something like this, but recently we came up with a very simple idea that we tried and the kids absolutely loved it!

We made a birthday postcard and mailed it to all the children in our ministry who had a birthday this month. This is what the postcard said:

birthday postcard

Our goal is for children to feel important and for them to be excited to receive a little something special from our children’s ministry. Also, our hope is that children who don’t attend very often, will possibly begin coming to church again.

One mom, who has children in our ministry, posted this photo on Facebook and thanked us for sending the card!

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Have you tried any ideas similar to this? Do you have any ideas your church uses to connect with children and families? Share them 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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  1. We do a hand written card to each child and volunteer. Inside the card we put a card that tells them to take the card to the Sr. Pastor and that he will give them a gold dollar coin. We frequently get parents expressing gratitude for remembering their kids. Helps the kids build a good relationship with their pastor. Also provides volunteer opportunities for grandmas in the church that cannot volunteer to work with the kids.

    • Thanks Curt! We usually give out nicer prizes from Oriental Trading. I’ve found that their excitement is not really about the value of the gift, but the idea that you remembered their birthday and they got to pick something out.

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