Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Wendy Douglas —  April 12, 2011

Learning the names of the kids in our children’s ministry seems like an impossible task, but is an important part of what we do. For some remembering names will come easy and for others it takes more effort. Greeting a child by name is a way to communicate welcome and value to the kids and families we serve each week.

Here are just a few ideas on ways to help you learn and remember names:

  • Make sure nametags are clearly visible  – the more you see something, the easier it will be to remember
  • Call the kids by name as much as possible – the more you say something, the easier it will be to remember
  • Do handwritten notes on a regular basis – the more you write something, the easier it will be to remember

One of the things that I do to help me learn and remember the names of our Kidzplayce kids is to keep a running list of them to pray for by name on a weekly basis. What kinds of things do you do to learn and remember names in your children’s ministry?

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.