My secret to a successful Fall launch

Our Fall program kick-off always goes really, really well. Why?

We don’t run any program a month before launch.

We stop our regular scheduled ministry programs to breathe, celebrate & learn from the year prior and get all the crap together that needs to happen before launch.

We still meet with kids and their families and do ministry, we just don't run any events/services/bible studies or the like. Program seems to suck your brain space. Not running program seems to give it back. Which means you can think clearer, be more creative and enjoy ministry more.

Plus, I always found it strange to ‘launch’ or 'kickoff’ when you run group right up to launch.

How do you make sure your Kick-off goes well?