After calling for bus kids for over 35 years in many different environments, I can say that nothing I have ever seen works as good in getting new names for your bus ministry than an ice cream truck giving away cups of .25 cent each ice cream. We had the idea to paint an old airport-type van like the local ice cream trucks and play the same ice cream songs while going up and down our bus route neighborhoods - giving out free ice cream.
We use only women outside the bus, who are all background checked and well proven in character, to make contact with the parents and take the names of the kids who will give them to us. As an example, the first time a group of four women took one of our ice cream trucks into a neighborhood, they took 17 new names down and had 7 of those kids come to Sunday School and church the next Sunday. A week later, they received 13 new names. One week later, they received 23 new names. That is 53 new names in three weeks! In all my years of calling, I never have been that successful in getting new names for any bus route I did in such a short period of time. This is also a way for our church to "give back something" to the neighborhood, and help create good will. We are registered with the local Sheriff's Department and have our phone number on both sides of the van in case anyone has any questions about our intentions.
It costs about $30.00 per two hour session, including the dry ice, if you use it. It involves the women in a calling ministry that is safe, fun, and productive in winning souls, with a fabulous side benefit—free ice cream! The only draw back I could see in this ministry is the workers getting overweight! Start your own Free Ice Cream Ministry and win some boys and girls and moms and dads to Jesus!
Luke 18:16“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Luke 18:17“Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”