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 to add to that!  It was Mother’s Day, so we had quite a few extra kids. Then to add to the mix, a leader in a different room was confused on the time they were serving.  This ended up with our “few” being 24 kids!  But, I had a plan. It was going to be great, if just a bit hectic.  We would have the kids in 3 groups of 8 and we would divide and conquer!

Things were going great, and then as I’m explaining our activity, which involved Cheerios, disaster struck.  I’m still not sure if the large Costco size bag of Cheerios had a hole in the bottom, or if the bag just spontaneously combusted, but in mid-sentence literally thousands of Cheerios came raining down onto nearby preschoolers, my feet, and the floor.  I don’t know what my reaction should have been, but I just remember saying, “that was not the plan”, then I started laughing. I mean like really laughing. The kind of laughing you should probably only do in front of your television by yourself watching a funny movie.  After I managed to compose myself, get the cheerio avalanche cleared up and everyone busy actually making their bird feeder, one of the other leaders asked their group about what we learned, and their answer “that was not the plan.” Ha!

I’m hoping my few (plus a few more that day) went home having learned a couple of things:

  • Life with our few is really funny sometimes.
  • When the plan doesn’t work out, there’s always another plan. And it can be pretty hilarious – and messy!

What are some funny experiences (not in the plan experiences) you have had with your few?

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Gay Tucciarone

Gay is a mom of three grown up boys and a grandmother to four preschoolers. She was previously on staff at Savannah Christian Church for 15 years as the Small Groups Coordinator, and now she works for Orange where she's had to increase the amount of that color in her wardrobe. Gay is hard at work in the preschool ministry at Cumberland Community Church in Smyrna, GA. Follow her @OrangeGayT to see why we think she's so awesome!

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