Providing special outreach opportunities for kids and families at your church to invite their friends and neighbors is important.
But outreach events are also often a drain on energy, time and money.
While this idea isn’t super cheap, the time and energy to coordinate it is minimal.
I prepared it for 60 kids in a couple of hours.
Here are the supplies you need:
- Parachutes: The cheapest and highest quality I could find were $2.50 ea; check them out here. (Note: Allow at least three weeks for shipping.)
- Prizes: Candy, Gift cards, Toys, etc.
- Rubber Bands
Once you have the supplies in hand, here’s what you’ll do for prep:
- Unpack the parachutes.
- Print off different prizes on strips of paper.
- Rubber band the paper strips to the parachute men (putting actual candy with the parachutes makes them too heavy).
- Fold the parachutes and place in boxes
Here’s what you’ll do for the parachute drop:
- Place a ladder to a flat portion of roof on your building (if you don’t have any flat roof space some options are to invite a local Fire Company to come and throw them off their track ladder, rent one of those machines with a platform that extends up, place scaffolding against your building, etc.).
- Bring the boxes of parachute men up to the roof.
- Bring the kids out, and hype them up.
- Send a few brave volunteers up to the roof.
- Throw the parachute men down to the kids.
- Have the kids trade in their prize papers for actual prizes.
I know all of this is super simplistic, but it made a special memory for the kids at our church and the friends they brought.
And if you do a bunch of smaller prizes rather than a few big ones, it doesn’t cost a lot more, while creating something unforgettable for all the kids, rather than the few who got the big prizes.
Here’s my question for you: What are some fun and creative things your church has done to create opportunities for kids and families to invite? Leave a comment!
This article originally appeared here.