Make praying for Children’s Ministry Day part of your personal and your church prayer plan.
Set aside time daily or weekly during your personal prayer time to pray specifically for the people who are planning Children’s Ministry Day. Include the leaders in your church and other individuals or organizations you are working with on your list. Add to the list as the planning progress and more people get involved.
Also, pray for the children who will be involved. Begin praying that each child in your church will be able to participate. Pray that children outside of your church will come and participate. And pray for the people you will be ministering to.
Develop a churchwide prayer strategy. Enlist a prayer team 100 days before CMD, and assign them specific prayers related to your church’s planning, leadership, and implementation. Give each prayer team a prayer reminder that your children have created.
Create Children’s Ministry Day prayer request of the week. Post a new request weekly in your church’s newsletter and/or bulletin. Make sure each adult and children’s Sunday School teacher receives a copy of the week’s prayer request before church on Sunday, and encourage them to pray for CMD during their group’s prayertime.
Use the ideas in the Children’s Ministry Day Promotion Pack to create a bulletin board to promote CMD. Leave space on the bulletin board to post the week’s CMD prayer request. Make sure you post the request before people begin to arrive at church each week. Try to ask the person leading prayers at each worship service, Sunday School class, and churchwide event to pray for CMD using the week’s prayer request.
Prior to a worship service a few weeks before Children’s Ministry Day, distribute copies of the bulletin insert from the Children’s Ministry Day Promotion Pack. This insert can serve as a prayer guide for church members to pray for CMD each day of the week.
Get families of the children praying, too! Send home a personal letter addressed to “Parents of [child’s name]” with a copy of the bulletin insert from the promotion pack. In the letter, tell parents about Children’s Ministry Day and your desire for their child to participate. Also invite parents and children to pray for Children’s Ministry Day at home. Follow up a couple of weeks later with a personal invitation to the child/children of each household to participate.