We had our registration, and we had well over 500 families register. We assigned over 900 children (4th grade and under) to Small Groups, about 250 of them for 2 services. Over 700 regular volunteers are signed up for the 2010-11 school year (though we still have opportunities during each of our services; it's not to late to email us at email@example.com if you would like to branch out to serve in Children's Ministry). We are pretty much ready; now, we're just waiting on the families to show up!
Here are a couple of pointers to help us have a successful and smooth Promotion Weekend:
- Arrive early. Like 20 minutes early. While we may still have some kinks to work out, it is much nicer to work out those kinks at 15 minutes before the service, rather than right at the service time.
- Be patient with us and other families. Each year, a number of families show up who have not registered their children. We want to work with all families, to help them have a meaningful experience at Grace Church.
- Put others first. For people who have been a Grace Church for a while, we have no qualms about asking you to make extra sacrifices, to create an environment for others to hear the Gospel. Hundreds and thousands of people did that before most current members came to Grace, and we should be willing to do the same for others. This may mean that you take your child with you to the adult worship service. And if you are not serving on campus during the weekend, you should.
- Know where you are going. Know your child(ren)'s Small Group assignment (it will have been emailed to you if you registered), and remember that all assignments are service-specific. Check out our maps online, if need be.