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During the summer, we give the children's teachers a break and we ask the congregation to sign up for a Sunday during the summer to teach the children (preschool and elementary are combined and currently we don't have any other ages). I prepared the curriculum ahead of time and gave choices as to what lesson they would like to teach. This year has been very successful, new folks have stepped up and it gives the children and adults an opportunity to meet one another. 

Every year, at the beginning of the school year, my church holds a "Promotion Sunday" for Sunday School. We do not have enough children to promote to a different class, nor are the adults promoted. So I guess I'm "advertising, promoting" Sunday School as a hold. Instead of calling it Promotion Sunday as we have in the past, I want to advertise it as a Celebration with a potluck breakfast during the Sunday School hour. Any suggestions for activities during this time to bring everyone together and something to entice folks that don't normally come to Sunday School to attend this event?


A celebration is a great way to start of a new Sunday School year.  Here are a few ideas that you could do with your breakfast: 

  • Chose some of the many Minute to Win It games available online.  Play with teams mixing children, teens and adults so everyone gets to know each other better.
  • Set out strips of paper for making a paper chain.  As people enters they write their names on 5 of the strips.  Include some strips with your Sunday school class name on it (like first grade.) Mix up the strips and each person makes a paper chain with seven of the strips.  Each day during the next week individuals tear one strip off the chain and pray for that person or class.
  • Contact a local discovery center, college or zoo and ask them to bring in animals for a petting zoo.  Encourage pictures to be taken and texted to you.  Print the pictures and hand then out after worship with the words “Remember our Sunday School program in your prayers.”
  • During the celebration, hand out drawstring bags or wrist bands with your church log.  Encourage everyone to wear them during the week and tell others to come join the fun at Sunday School next Sunday.

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