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A Group For Young Parents

Posted by Amanda Nunneley on

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

 Church Family,  

A few weeks ago kids bounded out of cars with excitement and tears and we spent time welcoming, waving, reassuring and reconnecting. We find ourselves in a new season with its own celebrations and challenges. And, just 4 weeks in, we have already had big celebrations! 

Enrollment at the Day School has increased, our classrooms are filled with students busily playing and learning, and our teachers are ready to conquer the year. We have had the opportunity to reconnect with families that we missed dearly while simultaneously watching families reconnect with one another. All this goodness, this connection to families, has given us much to celebrate! 

In acknowledgment of the difficulty to connect with others over the course of last year and in an effort to foster relationships among parents, we have started a new group open to ALL parents of young children. This group called Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO) Community, hosts meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. 

And, can we tell you what a celebration of community it was when the John Wesley Room was filled for the first meeting? We are grateful to our PVO members, Rebecca Schultz and Melissa Supak, for creating a welcoming space for parents to come together and inviting families in and outside of the Day School to celebrate this season! 

If you are a parent of a young child or know a parent of a young child, we invite you to join us for a light breakfast, a time to connect with other parents, and a time to hear speakers. During our last meeting, we heard about grace-based parenting from Sharla Bell and it was wonderful. At our next meeting, we look forward to hearing about managing anxiety and worry as a family from LPC, Jaime Mershon. This meeting will be on Wednesday, October 6 at 9:15am in the John Wesley Room. We welcome familiar and new faces and hope you’ll join in celebrating connection. 

We are in a different place than we were a year ago, but it has continued to be a unique season as we navigate the newness or return to normalcy. The rhythms that accompany the seasons provide an expectation, a connection with the changes happening around us. Just as we are certain we will wake up to the first crisp morning of the fall, we can be certain that God is present and celebrating with us in this season. We encourage you to find the spaces to celebrate, find the time to connect and find hope in the present moment. 

Amanda Nunneley


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