Getting excited about Sidewalk Sunday School season? Love the idea but don’t know where to start? Well, this resource is a great place. It’s a sample letter of what we send out when we are looking to start our program at a new site. This letter is one that we use for a privately owned location. These are a little different than a public space, because you have no legal rights to be there. So…… a little extra work has to go into securing permissions. This letter has worked really well for us in the past, but please just use it as a starting off point to get your wheels turning. Your program is going to be unique to your community and church. Once you get a good draft written up, then make sure you put it on official church letterhead. Sign it with a REAL pen, and deliver it IN PERSON. Don’t mail it. Show up, (Sometimes I take along a balloon, cookies, coffee, etc) and meet the property manager. Even if they aren’t there, they will know YOU were there because of your gift. It makes them that much more likely to open your letter and read it. FOLLOW UP the next day. Don’t wait too long. They may forget about it. Reach out while the gift/letter/visit is fresh in their mind.
Click here to download a sample letter/verbage to use: inquiry letter
There is alot to get ready to get a ministry like this off the ground. Don’t let that intimidate you. If you would like a copy of my book to read, to help encourage and equip you, you can find that here: GO by Rachael Groll In it you will find an entire SSS curriculum (like the one you are waiting for) as well as training tips and ideas. You will also find the answers to many of the questions you are wondering, and see how God can and does work through this type of ministry.
Please, please, please reach out if you have any questions. I am praying for you!