Sunday mornings can go at a fast and furious pace. If we aren’t strategic, we can miss key relational connections. Gather your team of volunteers for a brief gathering before the serving begins. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion before praying for the day:
If you grew up in church or ever went to church camp as a kid, chances are you’ve heard the “joy” song. The words say, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart!” You’re singing it right now, aren’t you? This simple campfire song is a great reminder of where true joy comes from. It’s not a surface level happiness that fades in and out depending on our circumstances. That joy found down in our hearts comes from a relationship with the God of all creation through the work of Jesus Christ. Because of what He has done, we can have joy, just like Paul and Silas, no matter what’s going on in the world around us. As you lead your small group today, help your preschoolers understand that when Jesus is your friend, He gives you the power to have joy, real joy, deep, deep down in those precious hearts.
As your leaders prepare to leave, ask them the key question and say the bottom line together.