Sorry blogging still v behind – there’s been a lot going on at home.
Recently a few people have given great feedback on the way we publicise TOAST! to those involved. So I thought I’d share what we do. Its not rocket science but seems to be doing the trick.
As we only meet once a month its important that anyone who has been to a previous TOAST! gets a reminder the week before. In our case we give them 2!
One is a postcard – we have a set of TOAST postcards printed at the start of each term with the dates and any additional activities. On one side of the postcard there is a space for the child’s name and address and we post these out the week before. We have the postcards done on vistaprint (www.vistaprint.co.uk). Its a great way to get good quality material at a reasonable price.
Then every parent gets a second reminder some by text, others by e mail and others face to face.
On the whole it seems to work and guarantees our numbers stay steady or grow. I was talking to someone who runs a Messy Church once a month. One month they had 48 and the next 6. And the main reason seems to be lack of a reminder – a month is a long time!
At cafechurch we use Facebook and text as that suits the people there better.
What would work for you?