Have you ever wanted to communicate with all of the parents of the kids in your ministry through text messaging? It is totally possible! There are multiple ways to do this, but the following way is the easiest way that I have found to be successful.
The best part is that you can use an easy social media tool to text your parents. That tool is Twitter! All you need to do is follow four easy steps to get started.
Do you have trouble using Twitter? No problem. Once you have an account set up, you just have to send out a text message from your phone, and Twitter will turn that text into a tweet, which will then go out to your parents as a text. Trust me on this one: it’s super easy once it is set up.
In the steps listed below, I walk you through how to set up your own Twitter account, then how to allow parents to receive your text messages. Please note that for this method, parents must choose to sign up to receive these messages. I have found that parents typically sign up, unless they REALLY don’t want to receive text messages in the first place, in which case they probably wouldn’t appreciate you texting them without their permission anyways.
Here is how you set it up:
- Create a Twitter account that will be dedicated to this text list (consider naming it after your kids ministry, ex: @KidsChurchAlerts or @KidsChurchParents). Follow the easy steps to do this here.
- Ask parents to text “Follow @InsertYourTwitterName” to the number 40404. Their phone will now follow your Twitter account.
- You now have two options for contacting parents through text messaging. You can either use Twitter to create a “tweet” that will go out to them (if you feel comfortable using Twitter), or you can set up your phone using the following step.
- This step allows you to send a text that will go out to all of your parents. Send a text message (say anything, like “Hi”) to the number 40404. Then, follow the instructions to sign-in to your Twitter account. Whenever you would like to text all of your parents, simply write your text out and send it to 40404. Now you’re good to go!
Optional: The fifth step is the best. Want to get creative? Add the number 40404 to your contacts, but make the name a creative one. For example, I labeled the 40404 number in my contacts as “Tony Stark.” When I’m with kids, I’ll tell Siri to “send text message to Tony Stark,” and they just go crazy! Just don’t accidentally send a bunch of text messages while trying to impress the kids, otherwise you may get a few emails from parents!
There you have it! Do you have any questions about this process? Drop a comment, and I will do my best to help!