ParentsÕ Night Out
You can do this event as a fundraiser, like youth leader Rene did, or, when youÕre not in fundraising mode, for free as an act of service to parents in your church and/or community.
Mail flyers throughout your church and have the youth hand out flyers to family and friends announcing a group child care night. Have adult youth leaders and youth baby-sit on a set evening for a set amount of time.
Create a sign in sheet with names of children, parents, and a cell or contact phone number. Set either a per hour or per child charge or just ask for donations.
Set a schedule full of fun activities, including a kidsÕ movie appropriate for preschoolers. If you have two rooms, you can show a kid/family-friendly movie appropriate for ages 5-12, but one that wouldnÕt bore them like the preschool movie might. Since everyoneÕs standards are different, ask 3-4 parents of young kids in your church what they would feel comfortable with their children watching. You canÕt please everyone, but you can be wise.
The last time we did this, we watched 13 children (low for us) but we made approx. $350.00. Great for one nightÕs work. As one of our youth said, “This was much easier then washing cars.”
Idea by Rene Hill
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; 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.