Prepare your room! A new Sunday School year is about to start. While the most important preparation is personal spiritual preparation, it is also time to freshen up the classroom. Doing simple preparation has some benefits.
Benefits When You Prepare Your Room
Here are benefits:
- leads members to expect something new
- makes members feel better about the space
- causes members to want to invite new people
- removes clutter and distractions
- communicates who meets in the space, and
- makes the room safer and more attractive.
Invite your class members to help. Set aside a couple hours to spruce up the space. Bring some food and cleaning supplies, and make it a fun fellowship and project time.
Prepare Your Room Tasks
What needs to be done? That completely varies by the space in which your class meets, but here are a few ideas:
- clean all chairs and tables
- remove all chairs and tables from the room
- remove all old curriculum, posters, and lesson pictures
- clean the whiteboard, walls, and baseboards
- clean windows and classroom door(s)–inside and outside (if safe)
- return chairs and tables, but make sure they point to the wall opposite the door (only the teacher should be interrupted when someone walks in late, rather than the entire class), and
- place a sign outside the door with the name and age group of the class that meets in that space.
In addition to the tasks listed above, preparing your space together is fun. Relationships are strengthened. It gives a sense of accomplishment to the group. They are even more likely to feel good about the space and to invite new people.
Make plans now to prepare your space as a class. Give assignments so that everyone has a job and so everyone knows they are needed. Make it fun, and listen on Sunday as the class talks about the day!