Newborns are a precious addition to the Church.
Organise a meal train for the family from members of the Church. Use the https://www.mealtrain.com/ website to help schedule meals and be alert of any allergies etc.
Having a space where mum and dad can feel free to look after their Child in various ways, is essential and encourages them to come to Church.
Meeting with people with the same interests in the same space, helps builds relationships and knowledge.
These spaces have a variety of names, as you can see from our list here. We have a few photos of these rooms pinned in our Pinterest page (link below) that can help you in designing your space. In these rooms you can provide written materials, treats, samples, beverages and more, from many companies who offer these services. Provide the safest equipment for changing, feeding and playing. Set the boundaries from day one as to if you want the room to be a part of the service or somewhere where parents can mingle.
A tradition in the Church is a dedication service or baptism service for newborns. With this, the family may receive gifts and certificates. We have some template dedication certificates if needed in our download section.
Parents with young kids love connecting with other parents with young kids. Churches can provide places of connecting by running various programs that parents and even grandparents (who care for their Grand kids while the parents work) can attend.
families with newborns and toddlers
With many years experience in Kids Ministry, we found that there were many community grants and various other grants available to help with kids socialisation, community engagement, family stabilisation etc. Grants can be used to run various programs within the community, including parenting courses.
- Newborn classes
- Parenting classes
- Parents of newborns group
- Prem baby group
- Special needs group
- Single parents group
Give the parents welcome packs containing parenting tips, booklet of play ideas, helpline numbers, Church services invites, facilities for kids on Sundays, plus get hold of some sample products to pop in their as well.
Make sure you have the appropriate forms for attendance and insurance cover for running these events in your Church.
Karen Stuckey has been a Virtual Assistant to many Pastors and Churches in Australia since 2011. It was birthed out of her relative and friends, who were Pastoring in Churches, asked her to find out information on where to get this or that, or what’s the best so and so to use. From this she saw a need and began supporting Pastors and Leaders from around the nation.
Prior to this, her and her husband Gavin, ran home groups, healing meetings, soaker services, kids ministry, hospital chaplain (Karen), playgroup (Karen), hospitality services etc. They have 3 children, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law and 2 grand children.
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