Make Your Own Dry Erase Boards

How to Make Your Own Dry Erase Boards

Elle Campbell over at Stuff You Can Use has a great post on making your own dry erase boards for your office. Or the youth room should you see a possibility there (announcements, job boards, ‘shout out’ board, etc.). I feel like such a slacker just having a generic board in my office now.

I have three of these custom dry erase boards in my office…

A 12-MONTH SCOPE & SEQUENCE. On this board (pictured at the top – it’s blank at the moment) I chart our teaching plan for the school year. This board has twelve mini-calendars, representative of the entire year. On them, I chart the timing of our teaching series (which will usually be six weeks long this year) and the specific topic for each week. This helps me see what’s coming up and gives me a quick holistic view of what we’ll be doing with our students over the course of a year.

A 2-MONTH CALENDAR. The purpose of this board is pretty obvious: upcoming events. While I have a full listing of all the year’s events elsewhere, I like being able to see what’s coming up on our ministry calendar at a glance. Seeing two months at a time seems to work best for me.

A BIRTHDAY CALENDAR. I’ve got a lot of people on my team whose birthdays I want to remember. Staff members, Small Group Leaders, Greeters, and Cafe volunteers. As you can see, I only have staff members’ birthdays marked at the moment. I’ll add the rest of my team all at once, when our volunteer teams for the new school year are finalized. Prior to our weekly gatherings, I can take a peek at this calendar, see whose birthdays are coming up, and pull some notes and gift cards together for them (I keep blank note cards and $5 gift cards in my office at all times).

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We have a rolling 6’x4′ dry erase board that was framed with 2x4s and placed wheels to be able to move around the church. Ours is not nearly as attractive.

Set the Children Free

Set the Children Free | Brentwood United Methodist Church Youth
Set the Children Free

Found this display board at Brentwood United Methodist Church Youth to be really impacting. It is two large black plywood boards put together with plaques in black which have a photo and a write up of teenagers and children who were sold into the sex slave trades. The plaques are on hinges and open up to tell more of their story when you can take off the locks which hold the teens and children ‘locked’ in an injustice.

This can be an ongoing project display where you put a few peoples stories and they are locked until the youth are able to raise funds to help ‘free’ someone. Then their story is unlocked. Then go to work on the next young person. It can be for a sermon/talk series or retreat setting where you want to have some creative illustrations for this injustice.