Each Sunday you show up just as your preschoolers expect. You are there, ready to welcome them to class and “ooh” and “aah” over their adventures from the previous week.  They expect you to be there and are so excited that you are!  But how do you take that excitement of routinely showing up, to the next level? How can you unexpectedly show up in the life of a preschooler?

Life is busy.  Between work and school and family, our days can often be so scheduled that it’s difficult to find a time to show up unexpectedly for your few outside of service time.  But if you can’t see them in person during the week, what if you could send a “reasonable facsimile”?

Technology is definitely a good friend of small group leaders!  With a smart phone you, or a picture of you,  can show up unexpectedly.  How much fun would it be if your preschooler received a text or a video from you during the week?  You can text his parents a picture of you with a note saying, “Hi, Sam!  I’m thinking about you and hope you’re having a fun day.”  Or you could send his parents a video of you telling Sam that you’re thinking about him and reminding him of the week’s memory verse!  There are some fun apps that you can use to take picture of yourself, add a text and send that to parents.  They can save it on their phone for Sam to see during the week.

Facebook is another common ground where you can connect during the week.  You can send photo or a personalized video in a message to Sam’s parents.  That way it’s private, but Sam can watch it over and over.

You may not be able to see Sam in person every week, but you can let him see you!

What creative ways have you been able to “show up unexpectedly”, either in person or virtually, for your few?

 

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Barbara Graves

Barbara loves God, children's ministry, coffee, the Braves, and her granddaughter Eden-Grace. She's been in ministry for over 30 years and wishes she didn't have to sleep so she could write, teach, and read a little more.

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