During this Orange Week 2.0, I’ve covered many of the reasons and thoughts behind why we have made a transition to the Orange Curriculum package of 252 Basics and First Look. But what about the family side (RED) of this change?
Let me be honest about something. A family ministry is NOT started with a curriculum change. Curriculum is a tool, and so far I do love the Orange curriculum; however, it’s still just a teaching model. But there is a great potential for reaching out to parents and engaging with the RED side of the Orange environment.
It’s simple really. It all starts with the take-home page.
We’ve all done take-home pages, right? I’ve done it for years, only to discover once my kids were old enough to get take-home pages that they go unused. Why do they go unused? Because anything I get on a Sunday Morning, in the hectic environment of dismissal will be lost. There is just something about that crazy, pickup your kids, gather all the crafts, and get to the car that leave take-home pages unused. But 252 Basics and First Look create quite a conundrum. The God Time and Small Talk take-home pages are great, but how can I get these to parents and avoid the confusion of it being a take-home item?
A solution to the problem?
We’ve decided to distribute take-home pages through email. But we’re being very intentional about it. Parents at Trinity Church can only sign-up for the pages via the website at parents.trinitykidsplace.com. Once signed up, they will receive the appropriate take-home kid for their child at 3:00pm on Sunday Afternoon. It is perfect? No, but it’s something. With only Facebook promotion on our parent sign-ups, we have 25 families receiving the weekly email. That’s a win. We’re establishing a schedule of promoting the website on the first Sunday of every month with take-home pages, and then we’ll let it rest for 3 weeks. Then hit it again the next month.
But what’s next?
I’ve got a list now of 25 families that have jumped through a minor hoop to continue the conversations at home from what their kids are hearing at church. See where I’m going with this? I now have a list of those parents and families most interested in the things that I want them to be interested in. I now have a list of the families to promote the new Cue Box too. What’s the CUE BOX? Clickety-click to read more. Combined with 252studio.tv and the CUE Box, I can help families engage with the bright YELLOW side of the Orange environment.
Let’s be honest please…
This is just one small step in what I hope will be combined with many of the other things we’ve done to engage parents. When combined with our Baptism process and Child Dedication experience and Family Friendly events; it is my prayer and hope that we can shine our bright YELLOW and engage the deep RED of the families at Trinity.