A few weeks ago Jason Palmer started this discussion on CM Connect about pre-service ideas. We call our pre service activities, Part at the Start. Origional I know… totally open to new ideas by the way.
It was cool to watch the discussion and it inspired me becuase we’re looking to amp up what we do at the moment too.
Last week our D-Squad (Highschool aged leaders) brainstormed some ideas and came up with a plan. They are now in charge of running that aspect of the service, leaving other leaders free to focus on greeting kids, see how there week has been rather then running activities.
Yesterday the Part at the Start took a huge step up. They had mini stilts to play on, a lego area, the Chocolate Game (but with grapes instead of a block of chocolate) as well as a few other things. The atmosphare that they created was great. The kids came in and were instantly interested in what was going on becuase it was different to last week, and it was crazy but not chaotic!
The best part is that the culture created in that environment overflowed into the service and then LifeGroups. It made it easier to lead and actually settled some of our behaviour challenges. Yipee!
If you want more ideas, make sure you check out the discussion, and if you’ve got some great ones that work then share!