Safe, Able, and Okay

Safe, Able, and Okay

I am so thankful for other voices in my kid’s lives – the small group leaders, the staff members, teachers, parents. These people show up in my children’s lives and echo much of what my husband and I prioritize as parents. During the preschool years, each age is asking a question (even if they can’t verbalize it yet) to know if they can belong in your small group. It’s our job as small group leaders or preschool directors to help answer those questions alongside parents. Am I safe? (0-1... Read More
Creating a Summer Rhythm

Creating a Summer Rhythm

I like a good schedule—the predictability of knowing what to expect. I get to have this three-quarters of the year. Then, along comes summer with her pool days, her vacations, her warm temperatures, her longer days, and before I know it, she’s got me staying up late, feeling lazy and throwing my schedule right out of the window. Don’t even get me started on what summer does to my kids. “What are we going to today? Can we go swimming? Can we go to the movies? When do we leave for vacation?” So,... Read More
Grace and Safety in Small Group

Grace and Safety in Small Group

One of my earliest memories of embarrassment came on a Sunday morning in my 4-year-old Sunday School class. I felt like there was something in my nose, so I did what every normal 4- year-old does – I reached into my nose and attempted to get out what was bothering me. (Let’s not pretend your 4-year-old self — and maybe adult self — didn’t pick your nose, okay?) My Sunday School teacher looked up and simply said out loud to me (and all the kids at the table), “Kelly, we do not... Read More
Someone, Somewhere

Someone, Somewhere

How will I find the time? Can I be “real” with other people? How much can I say? What if their opinion changes of me?   For those of us in ministry, the thought of community can be a bit conflicting. While we know that life is more meaningful done in circles than in rows (after all that’s what we tell our preschool small group leaders and parents), we also know that given our place in the local church this doesn’t come without a certain level fear – a fear that people hold us... Read More
No One Told Me…

No One Told Me…

 by Kelly Stockdale I am both a Worship Pastor’s wife and a Preschool Director. But long before I was a Preschool Director for our church, I was a Worship Pastor’s wife. My husband would come home with stories of celebration. Sometimes he would come home telling me of something new and exciting he was working on. Some days he would come home and tell me the hard stuff he and/or the church was going though. But no matter what may be going on in his ministry, I always felt like he was always... Read More
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