Archives For appreciation

The end of the school year is an opportune time to remind your volunteers that you appreciate them. Receiving a heart-felt expression of gratitude is an encouragement for those who are serving.

A few years ago, a staff member of our church asked me for ideas for volunteer appreciation gifts. The gifts needed to be thoughtful, simple, and inexpensive, since we had well over 100 volunteers in children’s ministry.

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Saying Thank You Rocks

Wendy Douglas —  June 27, 2011

 Two of the most powerful words that you can say as a leader in children’s ministry are “Thank You.”

There are so many ways that we can say thank you to our volunteers from cards to gifts to saying it out loud.

Here is one way that I think is incredible:

Message from the Children

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Volunteer Love Languages

Wendy Douglas —  December 1, 2010

Do you know the love languages of your volunteers? The series of books by Gary Chapman has applied the 5 Love Languages to marriage, children, teens, and God.

I believe that you can also apply them to your volunteers.

  • Words of Affirmation – An encouraging word is a powerful thing. Saying thank you on a regular basis and pointing out something done well are just two ways to speak to the heart of this volunteer.
  • Quality Time – Giving this volunteer your undivided attention and sharing a conversation will impact them greatly. Face time speaks volumes for them.
  • Receiving Gifts – For this volunteer it won’t matter the amount of money you spend. The gift means that you were thinking of them and that means more.
  • Acts of Service – This volunteer feels appreciated by the little things you do for them. It might be letting them leave while you straighten the room after service.
  • Physical Touch – A pat on the back literally makes this volunteer’s day. A handshake or hug in greeting starts their day off with a smile. High fives work as well.

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A Lost Art

Wendy Douglas —  July 14, 2010

In the digital age that we live in, sending a handwritten note or card is a lost art. We can now send an email, text, or even a facebook message to say what we once would say in a card. I personally love writing notes and sending cards to people for various occasions.

Thank you cards are a wonderful way to let your volunteers know how much you appreciate them. In these notes, I point out something incredible they did during the Sunday experience and it becomes a way to celebrate with them.

Birthday cards are a favorite of mine. I love sending them to the kids in Summit Kids. I know how much fun it is for them to receive mail and it is a fantastic way to let them know how special they are to you.

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