The New Kids

The New Kids

New environments make me so nervous. At the heart of it, I don’t want to feel stupid. And, not knowing what the routine is, what I can expect, or what the proper etiquette is will drive my inner self crazy with anxiety. If, as an adult, I feel this way, I can only imagine what a preschooler must feel when he encounters a new environment run by a bunch of “big people.” If we want to create a safe place for a new preschooler, we need to take a look at how we are making new kids feel welcomed and... Read More
Implementing a Baby Dedication Event in Your Ministry

Implementing a Baby Dedication Event in Your Ministry

I can remember sitting through my first Orange Conference seven years ago and attending a breakout on Baby Dedication events. I knew this was something our church had to do. When we began to implement Baby Dedication events, it was a game changer for connecting families to our ministry and our church. We found that when a family went through the process of our baby dedication, it solidified the relationship between them and us. These are the three things we keep in mind when creating our Baby... Read More
The 5 Reasons Why I Attend The Orange Conference

The 5 Reasons Why I Attend The Orange Conference

It’s a non-negotiable for me. I have to attend The Orange Conference every year. I put it on the calendar and excitedly await its arrival. Anyone who works with the next generation needs to experienceThe Orange Conference. Once you do, you’ll understand why I have to keep coming back year after year. Here’s the five reasons I attend Orange Conference every year. 1. There’s incredible worship and teaching. If you’re like me, being able to attend your church’s worship service can feel like... Read More
Reactivating Small Group Leaders to Lead Small

Reactivating Small Group Leaders to Lead Small

The start of the year is a great time to reactive not only yourself but your small group leaders. Reminding your entire preschool team of the value of leading small and how that’s possible in the context of your preschool environments will help to ensure you’re all on the same page as you invest in the lives of preschoolers. 1. BE PRESENT Preschoolers thrive on continuity. You might have figured that out when a preschooler in your ministry put the death grip on mom, refusing to enter her room,... Read More
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
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