Just the other day we were taking down the Christmas tree and now we are halfway through March and to Easter Sunday. This is one of the most important days of the year for churches. Easter is one of the two days in a year when Christians who don’t regularly go to church, will come and celebrate Christ’s resurrection. It also gives people a chance to recommit and attempt to get back to church. During this time, the church can help this process by being prepared and welcoming when the floodgates of visitors arrive on Easter morning.
Tips for preparing your church for Easter Sunday
In this article we have put together some tips for preparing for Easter Sunday. They include
1. Do some general cleaning around the church
Go take a walk around your church and make a list of things that can be done to tone the place up. you can have volunteers to help you do some cleaning and get those glass windows and doors clean. They can also help you clear out the flower beds and add some fresh plants. You can even touch up the walls with paint and do a thorough cleaning in preparation for your Easter guests. Creating a serene surrounding will attract visitors consequently making those who don’t regularly attend church attend. Remember nothing feels more welcoming than a clean and orderly facility.
2. Recruit volunteers
On Easter morning, most churches experience an influx of attendees. Therefore, they need more people to help around where the congregation may need help. Prior to the Easter morning you should be recruiting volunteers and adding more volunteers to areas that will be stretched on Easter. You can find them by simply reaching out to them and asking them to help around. Those areas that will see an influx of people should receive more focus from volunteers. You need more volunteers in these areas ushers, parking, greeters, welcome center and children’s ministry. This is to ensure there is order and avoid confusion among attendees.
3. Prepare for the Influx of People
Most churches will add a service or two on Easter Sunday so that they can adapt the increased attendance.
The added service allows for space and minimizes the stress put on limited seating. Some churches will choose to add a sunrise service and Saturday night service to spread out the congregation. The early birds will choose the morning service while those who would be busy on Sunday will prefer the Saturday night service.
All in all you should be adding seats for those people who do not attend church frequently. You should aim at making sure your guests are comfortable. Seating should be easily accessible. Do not allow visitors to experience an awkward moment of not being able to get a place to sit.
4. Prepare an Intentional Church Service
During the Easter period, you will experience an influx of visitors from people who do not regularly come to church. Prepare a message that focuses on the church service that day. Think about your audience and focus on a message that speaks to them and applies to their day to day activities.
With the assistance of your planning team, prepare a service that delivers a compelling message within an engaging atmosphere. Your goal should be to ensure your visitors experience God in an uplifting and positive way.
5. Brand Your church Online Presence
In this digital era, most visitors will do a check on your church online. Spare some time and do an audit to see what people will find when they visit your website.
Do an online search on google and see what comes up. Search “churches in [your city name]. If your church is not in the top five, you will have to work on your online presence.
Spare some time and work on improving your church’s online presence.
6. Create visitor information cards
With the expected increase in visitors, this is the time to update those visitor cards. Print and include information about your church, its history and beliefs. Include information about upcoming events and special services that your church offers.
The aim is to engage your visitors and give them a peek into your church experience in a positive and welcoming experience.
7. Hold training sessions for your church Volunteers
To ensure the volunteers are well equipped to reinforce the standards that represent your church, you need to train them.
Prepare a special training session for them in preparation of their service during Easter. Take them through their role in providing a positive experience for the visitors and guests.
This can be done by offering practical examples of hands on things they can do to make everyone feel welcomed and appreciated.
Children ministry volunteers can be shown how they can make a parent feel comfortable handing their kids over for care for the first time. Consequently, such acts will create a difference between a visitor having a great experience and one that leaves with a bad memory.
8. Audit Your church Website
Having a strong online presence is vital to the marketing of your church. With a strong online presence, visitors will pass by your website.
Go through your website and make sure the information there is correct, images are captivating and the face of the site is inviting.
Ensure the details in your about page, statement of faith and service program should be current.
Create an Easter landing page detailed about Easter services and any other Easter events.
Easter is a very special time in the Christian calendar. It is a representation of new beginnings. But more importantly it creates a chance to expose the un-churched people to the miracle of the resurrection and transformation that comes with the new birth.
Taking the time and putting effort into preparing for this holy period can have a positive impact on those who visit your church during Easter Sunday.