Give parents a break!
This Valentine’s Day, give the parents in your ministry a night out without the kids. Host a Parents’ Night Out (PNO) where you have youth or empty nesters watch the children while their parents enjoy 4 hours of children-free time. You basically throw one big party for the kids, use youth as your volunteers, and the parents have a night out for dinner and a movie, running errands, or just relaxing at home with no kids!
This is also a great first experience event for new families. I like to encourage our ministry parents to invite some of their unchurched friends out on a double date and recommend their children join us too.
As parents picked up their kids at the end of the night, the most common question I had was: “When is the next one?” So we made PNO’s a seasonal event and planned them for Christmas, the summer, and Mother’s Day too! Overall, it’s a win-win-win-win event.