Thank you! We are struggling with this right now. Our teachers need a break, butthe parents won't come to church in the summer if there isnt anything for their kids. The parents LOVE the program we do during the year. We are looking for College Students that are interested in teaching the kids on Sundays over the summer. I need the summer break so that I can energize and plan for the fall.
Not to diminish your need for a break, but you've obviously been doing great work. I'll bet a thousand churches would love to have these problems:
- Parents who LOVE the program during the year.
- Parents who want something for their kids during the summer.
If this were happening in my church, I would kick the issue "upstairs" to the pastor and other leaders with a few suggestions -as it's not entirely your problem to solve (unless you're paid staff).
Suggestions: Invite all the families to a cookout now and get out the calendar to divide up "who's going to take which week." (Nothing like dates on a calendar to move people to action.) Empty slots can be filled by college students working with "that teacher" who would love to do a week or two with a college student helping them." Who knows, this approach might just help you discover new volunteers.