Moving UP

One of the hardest parts of leading small is moving our few up to the next class.  After all, they are our few!  But we knew coming into this that they wouldn’t stay ours forever, so now that summer is here, the time has come to promote them, the next question is how to make this easy for everyone. 

Step 1!  We want to make it easy on our few.  Even though in our heart we hope that we are their favorite grown up and even though we want them to love us most of all, transitioning will be easiest on our few when we “talk up” their new class.  Point out all the fun things they will be able to do in their new class that they couldn’t do where they are now.  Talk about their new small group leader and how wonderful it will be to be in his/her group.  And begin to talk about it several weeks in advance.  Most preschoolers do better with lots of notice, rather than sudden change. If you can go with them into their new classroom the week before they transition, it takes away some of the apprehension of a new place.  Give them all the reasons you can think of to be excited about their new class.

Step 2!  We want to make it easy on the parents.  At least a few weeks before promotions, give your parents as much information as possible about the process. Let them know the date the promotion will take place.  Let them know the name of the new small group leader for their child.  Give them any information regarding check-in, check-out, safety procedures and materials that may be different with the next class.  The more they know about the class their child is moving into, the more comfortable they will be with the move.  If possible, send the parents of your few a final card with a note inside sharing some of your favorite memories with their child and assure them that you will continue to pray for their child, and their family, even though they have moved on.

Finally, Step 3.  We want to make it easy on the new small group leader.  During the time you have spent with your few, you have learned so much about them.  Of course, you know their birthday, parent’s names and food allergies.  You know their favorite cartoon character, the name of their cat and even the name of their imaginary friend.  You know who is afraid of the dark and who doesn’t like bugs.  You also know who has had their grandpa passed away recently and whose dad has left the family.  Pass this information on to their new small group leader.  What a great head start they would have in connecting with their new few!

Moving them out is never easy on our heart.  But we can do our part to make it easy on everyone else!

Barbara Graves August 5th, 2014 0 comments

Summer: A Blast Not a Bump

Between vacations, sports camps, and visiting relatives, many churches see a drop in attendance during the summer months.  This makes the time you may spend with your few even less than usual.  So what can you do to make this summer special?

Make vacations and camps a part of your summer décor!  You can make an “Our Summer Map” of places your few will be

Barbara Graves July 29th, 2014 0 comments

Three Tips to a VERY Successful Sunday

When service is over and the last child has been dismissed to his parents, small group leaders breathe a sigh of relief and mentally recount the day.  There are just certain accomplishments that make some days feel like more of a success than others.  It’s always a great day when there is no name-calling and everyone participates in the memory verse game.  It’s a very

Barbara Graves July 8th, 2014

Not The Plan

One of the most amazing benefits of leading small, is when you get to lead your few with friends!  Recently, friends I lead small group with had taken a brief break as they welcomed their first baby.   I was so excited their first Sunday back. I wanted everything to go just right, because having a new baby is stressful, so I didn’t want our few

Gay Tucciarone June 13th, 2014 0 comments

Fully Present

You can’t see the forest for the trees. Keep the main thing the main thing. Stay on track. Keep your eye on the ball. 

All these are great idioms that remind us that life can be busy; we get distracted. It happens at home, at work, when we drive (yikes- better not do that in Atlanta where I live!). We even get distracted when we are leading

Gay Tucciarone May 13th, 2014 2 Comments

Parents on a Pedestal

One of the foundational roles of a small group leader is to partner with parents.  Often we think of this as only what we do outside of class time.  We text a parent to say we’re praying for them and their child that day.  Or we send a card to let parents know we care about them.  We chat with the parents as they pick

Barbara Graves May 6th, 2014 2 Comments

The Handoff

Most Sunday mornings find me leading my few preschoolers in some amazing adventures of life change – on their part and mine! Recently, I ended up on the other side of the lead small equation - as a family interfacing with small group leaders. On this particular day, three of my grandchildren, who are 18 months, 3 ½ years and 5 years olds were at

Gay Tucciarone March 24th, 2014 4 Comments

A Question of Trust

As we are helping our few lay a foundation for their faith, they take most of what we say as truth, because we are adults and they trust us.  But sometimes, they have questions.  And how we field those questions, even at a young age, determines whether they will ask us the next time a question arises in their mind.

Trust is a commodity that

Barbara Graves March 17th, 2014 0 comments

Move them out

How can it be almost Spring? Perhaps because the area I live in has had a much longer, colder winter than usual (2 snow events and many below freezing days... I know for those in the northeast and Midwest that doesn’t seem like much!), it seems like the calendar has suddenly fast forwarded. This brings me to a tough, but very necessary part of leading

Gay Tucciarone March 11th, 2014 0 comments

All the Stories

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.” – Oswald Chambers

They all have a story. Every one of them. Even as a preschooler that has only been in this world for

Danielle Schneller March 3rd, 2014 0 comments