Your Few Need YOU For Christmas

Your Few Need YOU For Christmas

Put up the Christmas tree…..check. Bake cookies and take them to the neighbors….check. Choose gifts for loved ones….check. Attend holiday parties….check. Be present with the preschoolers in your small group….check. Wait. There are so many things demanding our attention during this season. A good portion of them are beautiful, and sacred, and provide us with wonderful memories for years to come. But it’s a little too easy to treat the season as a challenge to be conquered instead of an... Read More
Preschoolers Are Too Young To Serve – Really?

Preschoolers Are Too Young To Serve – Really?

Preschoolers are too young to serve! At least, that is a common thought. If you do a Google search to find ministries in your area where you can take a preschooler to serve….chances are, you won’t find any. Unfortunately, that causes moms and dads to give up. They think, “my preschooler is just too young to serve.” So they stop looking for opportunities, and wait out the time until they are older. What if we create some opportunities for our preschoolers to serve? What if we deliberately find... Read More
Is Your Room Safe?

Is Your Room Safe?

I will never forget how I felt that day after picking up my older son from his preschool class at church. Tears dripped off my chin despite my desperate efforts to hold them back. I had just listened as the volunteer listed out every offense my son had committed during the past hour. I heard about everything from struggles sharing to the fact that he got wild after they fed him chocolate pudding. (Duh!) I knew he wasn’t perfect – believe me – I lived with him! I thought church was a safe place... Read More
5 Small Group Leader Values

5 Small Group Leader Values

Every week is promotion Sunday in our preschool classrooms. That statement probably made many of you stop in your tracks and break out in a cold sweat! After all, promotion Sunday is a BIG DEAL. Most often, churches choose to move all of the kids in a particular age group up to the next class together. There’s usually a lot of planning and anticipation surrounding a special promotion day. Years ago we made the choice to allow preschoolers to move up organically the Sunday after their birthday.... Read More
The Theology of Glue

The Theology of Glue

Glue is sticky.  Really sticky. If you’ve ever gotten it on your fingers as you’re helping little ones complete a project, you’ve experienced the tenacious way it holds things together. (Sometimes your fingers!) This past week I spent several hours going through the preschool rooms, cleaning, organizing, taking inventory. One of the things on my list was refilling the glue bottles in all of the teaching classrooms. As I watched the sticky white sludge slowly fill the many... Read More
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