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Promotion is a key part of children’s ministry. How you help kids transition up to the next grade is vital. And a big part of HOW you do promotion is WHEN you do promotion.
Some ministries do promotion at the beginning of summer. Others do promotion at the end of summer. Let’s compare the benefits of both.
Beginning - Summer
Promoting at the Beginning of Summer:
Kids naturally consider themselves in the next grade as soon as school is out. Ask a child who just completed 1st grade what grade they are in the day after school lets out and he or she will say “2nd grade.” Promoting kids when school lets out lines up with what they are already thinking.
Kids - Summer - Class - Group - Age
Kids have the summer to get acclimated to their new class, small group, age grouping, etc. Kids are already stressed out in the fall about fitting into their new grade. Promoting in the summer at church helps tone down the stress from dealing with simultaneous promotion at school and church.
Kids can be involved in the summer activities of the group they are promoting up to. An example would be 5th graders getting to go to middle school camp.
Kids - Summer - Relationships - Volunteers - Staff
Kids have the summer to build relationships with the volunteers and staff of the next age group. This gives them a better connection going into the fall season.
Parents are already in the “closure” mindset at the end of the school year. Parents are a key part of transition and kids take their cues from their parent’s emotional mindset. Since parents are already in a closure mindset at the end of the school year, it makes it easier for them to accept the fact that their child is finished with a phase at church as well.
Platform - Promotion - School - Session
You have a better platform to advertise the promotion. When school is still in session,...
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