Thanksgiving Wall—Helping Kids and Families Appreciate Your Volunteers

Thanksgiving Wall—Helping Kids and Families Appreciate Your Volunteers

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Each year I struggle with how to show my Sunday and Wednesday investors (volunteers) how much they are appreciated by the kids, the parents and me. So for the past two years I have started having a “thank you” wall. Here is how it works:

  • In a very visible hallway/lobby I place envelopes on the wall with the name and class of every investor, greeter, intern, etc.
  • On a table nearby, I place out cards and pens. For the whole month of November, I encourage not only children, but parents to write a note of thanks.
  • Some children choose to draw a picture or write notes at home and bring them to church and place them in the envelopes on Wednesday or Sunday.
  • I also include a thank you poem and a handwritten thank-you card from me in each envelope.
  • The teachers are asked not to look in their envelopes while they are hanging on the wall.
  • We take them down the Sunday before Thanksgiving and mail the envelopes to the teachers. Our goal is, while they are relaxing and being thankful, they will be blessed to read notes from the many who are grateful for the ways they share Jesus with the children.

This article originally appeared here.

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Danielle Bell
Danielle has over 21 years of children’s ministry experience with a passion to share, disciple, and shepherd children and families with the message of Jesus. She currently serves as minister to children at the Dawson Family of Faith in Birmingham, Alabama. Danielle is a respected children’s ministry leader and trainer and has spoken regionally at local churches and nationally at children’s ministry conferences. (CPC, ETCH, KidMin conference). She is a frequent contributor to Children’s Ministry Magazine (childrensministry.com) and is a curriculum writer for Gospel project kids (gospelproject.com/kids). Danielle currently serves as the children’s ministry content editor at churchleaders.com. Danielle was named by Children’s Ministry Magazine as one of the Top 20 children’s ministry leaders to watch. Danielle’s blog dWELL (dandibell.com) was named one of the top 100 kids ministry blogs by ministry-to-children.com

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