Today Could Be “THE” Day!

You just never know what each day with your few may hold and which day could turn out to be THE day.  There were a lot of THE days in the Bible and the people who helped those days happen were simply living their life, day to day in the lives of those who they were influencing.  By choosing to be consistently present in the lives of your few, you are setting yourself up for a front row seat to watch the amazing plan God has for them begin to unfold.

Remember the day Miriam watched over Moses when his mother relinquished him to the river in a basket?  Had she not stayed she would have missed THE day that Pharaoh’s daughter discovered the basket and rescued Moses.  Because Miriam was present, she was able to volunteer to “find” a Hebrew mother to nurse the baby until he was old enough to live in Pharaoh’s house.  When Moses was reunited with his mother, that was a “remember THE day” moment for her and allowed Moses to have his earliest years in a home that introduced him to the one true God of Israel.

Remember the day that Samuel anointed a young shepherd boy?  David wasn’t even in the room, but Samuel listened to God, waited for David to come in and anointed him in front of his entire family to be the next king over Israel.  Samuel didn’t just show up, he waited for David.  This was definitely a “remember THE day” moment in both the lives of David and Samuel.

Remember the day that a mom (assumedly) made a lunch for a boy that would be used to feed over 5,000 people?  No doubt she made lunch for this boy often, maybe every day.  She had no way of knowing that the lunch she put together would be talked about throughout centuries to come.    She just did what she did, every day.  But this day turned out to be a “remember THE day” experience in that boy’s life as Jesus shared that lunch with the entire crowd.

Remember the day when Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple when He was 8 days old?  Remember Simeon and Anna?  Talk about some consistent volunteers! They were always around the temple.  But this day was different.  This day the prayers of their hearts were answered.  Simeon held baby Jesus in his arms and praised God for allowing him to live to see Israel’s redemption.  Anna, too, told all who were there that day, this is the child who will save Israel.  This was a “remember THE day” for all that were within hearing of these voices, including Jesus’ parents.

We all take vacations, as we should.  Everyone needs to rest! And there are days we are sick and can’t be with our kids; we love to share everything but germs! But if you can be present, be there.

You just never know if today may be a “THE” day in the life of your few.

Barbara Graves January 23rd, 2015 0 comments

A Year to Remember

As a small group leader, one of your goals is to partner with parents. You hope for the opportunity to team up with the parents of your few and make a combined impact on their faith development. But, often, this is easier said than done, solely based on the hectic nature of Sunday mornings. Parents rush through the check in process to get their child

Barbara Graves January 15th, 2015 1 comment

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.

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 and Spring 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.

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