What better ways to use e-cards than in children’s ministry to teach kids about caring for others! Most of us can remember getting a card in the mail as a child. It was so exciting to see a card addressed just to you. Someone took the time and effort to show they cared.
Both kids and adults still enjoy receiving cards. With the many free e-card web sites it is easy to incorporate this as a regular activity in your children’s ministry. A little direction from the teacher is all kids need. I have used this activity as a class opener and class closer. We sent the card from the whole class and included everyone’s name that was present on the signature line.
I have also used this digital activity to teach
- Encouragement (helping others face difficult challenges or hardship)
- Kindness (treating others with love and compassion)
- Pleasing God (doing things according to God’s will)
Free Christian E-card Web Sites
There are several free Christian e-card web sites. One of my favorites is www.dayspring.com/ecards. It has several kid collections including Really Wooly Kids, Bible Tales, Just for Kids, and U-Neeks. Registration is not required but I recommend you register since Dayspring gives you access to a free address book. It makes it much easier to store email addresses.
How to Collect E-Mail Addresses
- Get them from your church directory
- Ask new kids for their e-mail address or their parent for their email address. I have all kids complete an “About Me” sheet.
- Have your kids go on an “email drive” to collect email addresses of all church members.
Occasions to Send Cards
- welcome kids to class
- kids absent from class
- pastor or church worker appreciation
- just because
The few minutes it takes for your kids to send an e-card may brighten someone’s day and make an eternal difference. Of course, it is also one way to teach kids to show they care about others.