Friends, its time to get ready to make the most out of the incredible opportunity coming your way on Easter. Picture your hallways flooded with a variety of first time attenders. Some coming only because family members insisted they had to go to church before enjoying a great meal together. Other new families will be showing up because they go to church twice a year—once at Christmas, and then again on Easter. So many non-believers will be checking out your church for the very first time. There’s a lot at stake here so what happens in your ministry on this day is incredibly important.
“Partnering with Parents” seems to have a big question mark around it for a lot of our First Look partners. Quite a few of you have been asking really good questions around this, “what does this really mean and what can we do to make this a reality in our church? “ We actually LOVE these questions, and we want to help you unpack some strategy around this important strategy!
I knew that if you could welcome 25 new babies with a total church attendance of 300 and you can still say “we love it,” something amazing was going on at her church, and I wanted to know more. So I called Samantha, and we talked about Oak Fellowship, the church, the people and the amazing nursery ministry that she leads. Here are some of the bits of wisdom that she shared with me:
“Love God. Love People.” It’s the greatest commandment in a nutshell. It’s what I’ve taught my daughter since she was young. Your actions should show others that you love God and love people. As she’s gotten older, she’s come to realize that by loving others and serving them, she IS loving God. And, she’s sharing His love with those around her. It’s been a fantastic development to watch, and it’s one we pray will happen in every preschooler we touch with this month’s curriculum.