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People all across America waited in long lines this past Thursday and Friday to snatch up good deals for Black Friday. And today, Cyber Monday is in full effect. The bottom line is that we are looking for great deals to stretch our ministry dollars a little further.
This is nothing new for those of us in Children’s Ministry. It really doesn’t matter how big or small our churches are…Children’s Ministry leaders want to get the most bang for our limited bucks.
Tips - Ministry - Dollars - Expense - Areas
Here are a few tips for stretching your ministry dollars in three of the biggest expense areas: curriculum, snacks and crafts.
Order enough materials for children who attend 75 percent of the time, plus two or three more.
Better - Curriculum - Time - Printing - Purchasing
Better yet, consider switching over to digital curriculum. While you will spend time printing and purchasing paper, this will help reduce overall costs for take home pages and in-class activity sheets.
Search for free lessons online. Check out Ministry-to-Children to get started.
Invest - Books
Invest in reproducible books.
Have your congregation or parents donate frequently used items, such as napkins/paper towels, cups, crackers and O-shaped cereal.
Serve - Water - Juice
Serve water instead of juice.
Buy in bulk...
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