As many of you probably know, my dear hub and I are the Commanders of our churches mid-week children's program. The ministry is called Awana - and it is FABULOUS! We have typically 300-400 kiddos who participate every week, from ages 2.5yrs old to 6th grade - plus a smattering of middle schoolers and high schoolers.
I think many people think a churches mid-week program is something they take their kiddos to in order to learn about the Bible. They believe they are dropping off their sweet things to the professionals who know best how and what to teach. F A L S E ! The best peeps to train up the kiddos are the parents. Parents are called to train up their children in the way they should go.... and WHAT? When they get older they will not depart from it. It does not say.... Sunday School teachers and Youth Leaders train up children in the way they should go.
Before the little hairs stand-up on the back of your neck, please hear me out. We LOVE what we do. We want to invest in these kiddos and we feel passionately about being able to play a part in helping these kids to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. We also feel a BIG part of our role is to help parents feel capable and excited about being the main spiritual leaders in their children's lives.
So, with that being said, we decided Easter week would be a great time to take a week off of our club and allow opportunity for the parents to create an Easter Experience night for their families. We gave parents a few ideas on activities that would help them to create a fun family night of learning what Easter is really about.
So move over EASTER BUNNIES...
Here is the list we passed out to the families as they left club tonight. The last idea about the revised Easter Basket came from OhAmanda.com in her Easter emails she sent out. She has a wealth of information and inspiration to share. So make sure and check her out!