It seems there’s a day or week to celebrate everything. Did you know that it’s National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week? I didn’t either… but I’m glad I do now! In a day of email, texts, Facebook, and Twitter… it has occurred to me that the HAND WRITTEN NOTE has become a dying art… and one that impresses those who receive them. A simple note, that cost very little… speaks volumes to those we need to encouraged and appreciated!
Below is an expert from an article written by Pam Keith. Pam shares some thoughts on practical and easy ways to write an encouraging word to those we minister with and appreciate:
- Spread the encouragement around. Print a list of your workers. Each time you send a note, highlight that name. Keep in mind that you want to focus on a different classroom or worker each week. You may want to have a planned sequence beginning with sixth grade and going down, or vice-versa.
- Keep your eyes and ears open. Each week observe volunteers in action. Make mental notes of what you see happening as workers teach and interact with children and preschoolers.
- Place a small notebook and pen in your pocket. If you’re like me, you won’t remember what you saw. When you walk away from the situation, take a moment to jot down a note to yourself. Of course, you may choose to use your cell phone or other electronic device!
- Make writing notes a priority. Schedule into your week a time for writing notes. Make an appointment with yourself. Do not let other things take the place of this appointment.
- Write a personalized note to the person. Make sure your note is special by writing a note that is worker specific. Don’t allow this endeavor to become generic. As you write, pray for that worker and class.
- Mega-church, help? If you are in a mega-church, you may need help. Encourage your associates or your division directors to become part of the process. Divide and conquer.
I just finished writing a note to my children’s minister, Shannon Meadors. She is possibly the kindest lady I know. She is the best encourager I’ve ever known. I am so thankful that God has seen fit to put Shannon in my church. I hope lots of folks remember to send her a note of appreciation this week.
Just in case this important holiday misses the attention of your church members, here’s a note for you: “Thank you for what you do for our Lord and our children. You are making an incredible difference for His Kingdom!”
Thanks to Pam Keith for contributing to this post. Pam lives in Louisiana with her husband and two children. She serves as Preschooler Director at Philadelphia Baptist Church – Deville, LA.