A Way To Publicize Your Event: Puzzle Pieces
Are you looking for a cool new way to advertize an upcoming event or program hosted by your youth ministry? Then try our Puzzle Piece idea.
After you have your event planned, and it comes time to do the crucial advertizing, go out and buy a jigsaw puzzle. (How many pieces in the puzzle depends on the size of your group.) The bigger the individual pieces, the better.
Then, write a simple note on the back of each piece. (Like, ÒI love you and am praying for youÓ or ÒHope you can make it!Ó) Just make sure it is encouraging and inviting.
Put the puzzle piece in the envelope with the event information you will mail to students. Include a short little letter inside as well. We used this:
Dear So and So (make sure to use their first/preferred name),
YouÕve probably already heard that we are having a lock in (for example) next Friday night. I definitely want you to come! WeÕre going to have lots of fun, and we want you to be a part of it.
Inside this envelope you will find a puzzle piece with a message written on the back. The Bible says that we are Òbeing built together to become a dwelling in which God lives.Ó You are a ÒpieceÓ of that!!!
So, bring your puzzle piece with you when we come. That way, our group will be complete because you are thereÉand our picture will be complete because you have brought it with you.
See you here next Friday!
On the night of the event, have the un-mailed puzzle pieces already put together. When kids show up, ask them to place their piece into the puzzle. Then when it is (hopefully) complete, take a picture of it, and/or show the group that there are no Òmissing piecesÓ or Òmissing persons.Ó
NOTE: We do not recommend you using this idea for your ÒregularÓ programming, unless something special is happening. That way, the whole event is exciting for the studentsÉeven before it starts!
Idea by Kelli New
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.