“Be prepared”—the old scouting motto—is a good one. The more adequately we prepare for something, the better we are able to thrive and adapt if necessary. This is especially true as we anticipate the coming Sunday school year in our churches. Therefore, it’s important to start off the year by clearly communicating to parents and children what the year will entail—especially highlighting any changes that may be in store due to current events. Here are three main categories of information to communicate…
While best done by hosting a type of formal “Parent Orientation” meeting and/or a “Parent-Student Open House” in classrooms before the school year begins, other forms of communication can be used, including emails, monthly newsletters, web meetings, etc. The following are some helpful ideas and resources.
Communicate a glorious vision for pursuing the comprehensive discipleship of children to parents.
Communicate the importance of a robust church and parent partnership.
Communicate information regarding the “nuts and bolts” of the upcoming year.
Special Considerations for “Remote” Sunday School
Some churches have made the difficult choice to NOT start in-person classes this coming fall. Rather, they are planning to offer Sunday school lessons recorded and made available through various digital means. If this is the case, many of these same considerations still apply in principle. Here are a few specific ways to prepare parents and students.
In conclusion, it’s going to be an interesting year. Personally, I am getting SO excited to have the privilege and joy of teaching again. Based on 30+ years of experience, I know that preparing parents and students for the coming year is well worth the investment of time and energy.