Our VBS (or Summer Bible Camp–SBC) ended yesterday and boy what a week it was! We hosted over 300 children on an adventure to Babylon. It was a great week! As a family tribe leader, I got an up-close peek at how the children related to Daniel’s adventures and what God was doing in their lives.
Now that our week has concluded, it’s time for me to wear my other VBS/SBC hat…as Follow-Up Team Leader. I have never done this job before but it was one that I volunteered to do because I feel that personally connecting with those who attend our church or events should not be overlooked.
As I began to think about how we’d follow-up with our camp attendees and their families, I identified five (5) categories that they would fall into:
- Participants who attend our church
- Participants who attend another church
- Children who accept Christ during SBC but have no church home
- Children who accept Christ who attend another church
- Families who indicate they have no church home
Here is how we’ll follow-up with the children and families:
All families will be invited to attend our SBC Celebration Sunday that takes place the Sunday following SBC. The children will attend one of two services and lead the congregation in worship (singing songs they learned during the week). A family and seeker-friendly sermon will be preached and refreshments will be served afterwards.
Participants who attend our church or another church will receive a letter or email, thanking them for coming and providing suggestions on ways that parents can continue the learning at home.
Children who accept Christ during SBC but have no church home were provided an age-appropriate Bible and discipleship materials to get them started on their spiritual journey. They will also receive a personal invitation to our Sunday morning programming. Their parents will receive a letter from our Senior Pastor inviting them to a Sunday service as well as information about various ministries within our church. Families who indicate they have no church home will also receive a letter and information from our Senior Pastor.
Parents of children who accept Christ who attend another church will be encouraged to follow-up with their church staff about their child’s decision. We will also send a note to the Children’s Pastor of their home church to allow them to follow-up.
Our follow-up team will meet this Wednesday morning to pray for the children as well as begin the follow-up efforts.
What have you done to follow up with children who attend your VBS?