Leaving kids in children's ministry the first time is scary for guest parents. They are concerned that the situation is new and uncertain for their children. They are uneasy about leaving their kids with people they don't know. They might even have to battle thoughts about worse case scenarios. Their worry distracts them from fully engaging in worship.
But you have worked hard to invite and welcome them. You've made sure the children's area is clean and looks fun. You've staffed it with good people who really care. You've even provided security with check-in. All of these are important, but what if when parents walk away you could do a little something extra. Here's a simple idea on how to extend your hospitality one step further to help assuage guest parent fears.