More Than A Story

Each week in our preschool classrooms you have the opportunity to teach the greatest story ever told.

You get the honor to sing songs that are catchy and fun.

You are blessed to have the chance to play, color, cut out, smile, give hugs and high fives.

ALL of those things are incredibly important in making an everlasting impact on the heart of a preschooler.

BUT, don’t let it just be a story. A song. An activity. A craft. A game. A hug or a high five.

Please don’t forget that a preschooler has the ability to apply and learn like never before. They need to know how this incredible story, the words to the songs, and how the fun, fits into their little life.

A preschoolers big thing might not be your big thing, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t big to them. And they need to hear that just as David was able to defeat Goliath, it was because God helped him and God can help them do big things too…like making their bed, or cleaning up their toys, or making sure to brush their teeth every day.

They need to know that God can help them do ALL things…like riding a bike, or tying their shoe, or even drawing a picture of their favorite dog.

They need to know that they can talk to God when they are afraid… like when it is thundering and lightning, or when the lights go out, when they go to a new class, or when they are going to the doctor to get a shot.

They need to know that there is a God that loves them no matter what… like when they accidently spill their juice, or break their mommy’s favorite picture, or when they aren’t very nice to their brother.

Small group leader, you have the opportunity to not only tell incredible stories and lead great songs, give hugs and high fives, but you have the chance to sit with a preschooler and help them apply God’s word to their heart.

And when we do this, we are helping build a foundation in their little hearts and minds that will hopefully never leave them.

If we fail to apply God’s story to the little hearts and minds of a preschooler, then all we are doing is teaching stories and songs, we are not teaching the gospel of Jesus and we are not teaching for life change.

It’s more than a story. It’s more than a song. It’s about making a lasting impression on the heart of a preschooler, with the God who loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend forever.

Cass Brannan December 15th, 2014 0 comments

Dear Nursery Volunteer…

An open email from a thankful mom.

Dear Nursery Volunteer,

If I were a better woman, I would send you a hand-written letter sealed in a floral-print envelope with a gift card to the local coffee shop.  But, truthfully, I’m not certain I can find a piece of paper in my house that doesn’t have a to-do list, an appointment reminder or a grocery list

Barbara Graves November 6th, 2014 5 Comments

Purposeful First Words

A baby’s first word is a milestone that many parents will remember their entire life!  According to Circle of Moms survey, these are the 10 most common “Baby’s First Words”:

Dad ( or Dada, Daddy, etc)
Mom ( or Mama, Mommy)
Hi
Bubba
Dog
Ball
No
Cat
Nana
Bye

Why these words? Partly because the hard consonant sound is the easiest to make, so words

Barbara Graves October 20th, 2014 1 comment

The New Kid on the Block… Or in the Circle

Being the new kid in a class can be hard.  A new room, new leaders, new schedules,  and all at one time can be quite overwhelming to a preschooler’s young life! Fall will often bring new preschoolers to your group who have moved to a new home over the summer or been promoted to a new room. It’s time to start new relationships.

Sometimes the

Barbara Graves September 18th, 2014 1 comment

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

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