FAQ’s on Small Groups with Preschoolers

FAQ’s on Small Groups with Preschoolers

During our First Look Interactive at #OC17, we had several questions that we hear frequently from our partners about implementing small groups with preschoolers. We hope these FAQ’s will be helpful as you “lead small.” In the book “Just a Phase,” the word embrace is used to best identify what preschoolers need at this stage. They need to feel safe and loved. Consistent leaders and established routines will contribute to your little ones feeling “embraced” while they are in your... Read More
Looking Back at Easter Sunday

Looking Back at Easter Sunday

I tell my leaders all the time – even though we are on the preschool hall, we a part of what happens in “big church.” Easter Sunday was a great example of that statement. We all know that Easter is one of our biggest Sundays in ministry. We expect lots of visitors and therefore more than a few tears as we wrestle with separation anxiety. I happened to be in the twos room when a visiting family dropped off their two-year-old son. He began to cry, and I assured the family that I would call them... Read More
Connect Four

Connect Four

Remember that amazing game where you put red or black checkers into a vertical plastic game board in an attempt to get four in a row? I always tried to be super sneaky and work on a row unobtrusively, but I didn’t win very often! I recently saw a giant version of the game in a children’s ministry classroom, and it made me think of the connections we need to be making with our small groups throughout the summer. Staying connected during the summer is hard. Someone is always out on... Read More
Orange Tour 2017

Orange Tour 2017

While summer may just be getting started, plans are all ready being made for this fall that have the potential to change the way your entire church views its purpose in your community!  Orange Tour 2017 registration opens today with stops scheduled all around the country! This fall, 20 cities will host OT17 and with it the opportunity for you to bring your entire team to be encouraged, inspired and challenged. This year’s theme is “For Our Neighbors” and challenges us to... Read More
Rest

Rest

Rest seems like a four letter word these days. There is never enough time for it, we are afraid we will fall behind, or the phone rings. Well, God said it- on the seventh day- REST! We all know that day seven is rarely the day we will actually be able to stop and rest. Regardless, God intended for us to rest so that we are able to give. One of my most challenging verses that has now become my life verse is, “Be still and know that I am God.” I know God is in control. I know that He created... Read More
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