Regarding Neil's suggestion about adding an at-home online outreach workshop in his post above, I definitely agree that reaching out to children at home, especially to (but not only to) infrequent attenders, is a great idea to take away from the last seven months!
I did not hear all of this On Point broadcast about rethinking education this morning, but I imagine some of the discussion there can be applied to Christian education. However, I did hear this very touching segment from a middle school teacher who talked about how he took a day and made home visits to students who were not "showing up" (or arriving late) for online school. That personal connection makes a difference. His presence showed his students that he cared about them, not just about their schoolwork. Here it is:
Our churches need to be having conversations about how best to build relationships with the children in our congregation as well as how to disciple children -- and help parents with their job of discipling their children by providing at-home resources. We need to show those children that we love them and care enough to be present for them. I think much was achieved in the creative ways that people were reaching out when we could not meet in person, and I agree that it should not stop once we (or some of us) begin gathering together in churches again. See some outreach examples in this conversation, beginning with this post.
Adding an "Outreach" component to each lesson set (whether we call it a workshop or not) is an excellent idea! This is the time to continue the experiment to see what works, and I imagine that what works will differ greatly from one community to the next. Front porch meals, Zoom classes, letters mailed to children, and many more creative lesson enhancers and extenders in the home will strengthen a church's discipleship program.