Sunday mornings are extremely full…from curriculum to volunteers; from large group to small group; from goldfish to “we need a clean-up in the toddler room”…our Sundays are full.
Most of those things are planned for and run extremely smooth. Some things happen that we would never expect.
But there are two minutes during the morning that I believe, just might be some of the most important time, each and every week. And WE HAVE TO PLAN FOR THEM.
These two minutes happen during the drop-off and pick-up of each and every child. Small group leaders have an incredible platform to make an lasting impact on both the parents and the children that are attending our churches each week.
Yes, it’s a small amount of time, but it just might make a lasting impression on those families.
DROP-OFF – Minute 1
- Be on Time and be Ready – Show each family that you are expecting them and that you are glad that they are there (even if they are early).
- Call Them by Name – Everyone likes to be called by their name, and it will show the families that you care about them.
- Inform the Parents – Make sure that they are aware of what will be taking place that day…snacks, quick snapshot of lesson, etc.
- SMILE – Nothing is better than showing children and parents that YOU are happy to be there! Who would want to drop their child off with a grump?
PICK-UP – Minute 2
- Inform the Parents – Give parents a quick overview of what just happened in their classroom, making sure to include one encouraging thing about their child.
- Equip the Parents – if your goal is to partner with parents, this is your chance to give them any tools or resources, that will help them succeed at home the next week.
- Encourage the Parents – Give them a quick praise and encouraging word for the week, making sure to invite them back.
So, why are these 2 minutes so important? YOU ARE BUILDING TRUST.
Parents are excited to know that you are on their side, and that you are ready to partner with them. They want to know that you are loving and caring for their preschooler and that they can trust you! Parents are not going to leave their children somewhere that they cannot trust. So building that trust and showing them that you love their child and care about their family is huge.
Those two minutes may not seem like much, but you, the small group leader, have a great platform to make a huge impact for each and every family with this short amount of time.
What can you do to maximize those two minutes in your classroom? It’s short, but has the potential to make a great impact and lasting impression!