Discovery Kid’s Specials are high points in our programme for children each year. We endeavour to maximise our reach to children in our church and community twice a year at Easter and of course at Christmas. Children arrive for a 1:30 pm start and are treated to an amazing time of fun and learning over the next two and a half hours.
We begin with a time of free play. Children can choose from a host of activities we have on offer: Bouncy Castles, Space Hopper, Console, Board Games, Crafts, Face Painting, Movies and much more. Then we bring everyone together for Large group time for team games and fun items, like the odd leaders getting pied. This is followed by praise and worship and of course, the seasonal story communicated in a fun, age-appropriate way, before the parents arrive to collect their children who leave with a Selection Box or Easter Egg tucked under their arm.
But what is the WHY behind the DK Specials
Normally we see between 200 and 250 children at our specials. However this past Christmas we saw a record 340 kids attend the Discovery Kids Christmas Special … and here is what we did differently!
We wanted to equip our church kids to GO and TELL their friends, so we gave away a FREE golden ticket with every ticket that was sold. This GOLDEN TICKET was to be given to someone who doesn’t yet come to church, someone who doesn’t know Jesus!
This was a huge success, the kids were excited, the families were excited, and everyone was talking about who they would be inviting!
We gave out around 150 golden tickets with no real idea if one would attend or 50 but on the day around 100 golden tickets came, that along with our church kids and others from the community gave us our biggest attendance at a special to date!
So what next … well, Easter is just around the corner, and we are going to give away free golden eggs with a ticket inside to help our kids to keep up the momentum and continue to share their faith with their peers.
We bought the easter eggs from here. They work out about 24p each. Every time one of our children purchases a ticket for the Easter Special they are also given a golden egg to give to a friend who hasn’t been before.
Inside the egg is an information slip that sends the friend’s parents to our event website (we use churchsuite) to register the child for free.
Let us know if you use this idea or share your ideas at our Facebook group kidminexchange