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Planning, planning and more planning

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I will be right up front and admit this I can’t stand planning. But I have learned over the years that planning is essential to doing good work in children’s ministry and any ministry that we take on. Not doing planning is not a good thing for anyone. You end up not having a good event or Sunday School class. This is not fair to the children involved and it is not fair to yourself.

So how do we plan? When do we start planning?

Anytime is the right time to plan. So let’s take a look at what we should be planning for at the moment.

September is coming whether we want it to or not. So even though it is the beginning of the summer and Sunday schools are winding up, it is time to start thinking about what needs to happen for the fall.

Where to begin? Here are some possible places:

  • What was the best thing about the last year of children’s ministry in your parish community?
  • What is the one thing that you would like to have gone better than it did?
  • Has the material you have used been a good fit with the children in your parish community?
  • What other resources would you want to have access to?

For me the next step has been to look at the church year. What is coming up that you want to pay attention to? Do you need to do something for Harvest Thanksgiving, All Saints Day, Remembrance Day? Then it is time to plan for those as well.

What do you need to plan? What resources are you looking for? How can this community assist you with your upcoming year? Let’s keep the conversation going.

Fiona Brownlee

About Fiona Brownlee

I am friend of children and their families. I have a lifelong passion for sharing the faith with all but most especially with children. I began teaching Sunday School when I was 16 and realized that I was learning as much if not more about how to be a Christian as the children were and mostly from the children at the time. Over time this grew to developing local curriculum for use in church camps and then working for a national curriculum company. I have written the Virtual Church School program for the last 4 years and am eager to share what I know with others and learn from others along the way.
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