We attend a smaller church – attendance is around 100 people. I actually LOVE it. We know our church family and we are that – a family.
For the past 13 years, Brian and I have always been involved in kids ministry. We’re on a rotation for Children’s Church as teachers, we do Christmas programs and Back to School Bashes and VBS.
Sometimes I think we’re the biggest kids of all!
One thing I’ve learned in small church ministry is that it can be a lot of HARD WORK!
Over the past several years, I’ve given up on trying to do it all myself and trying to keep up with things that wear me slap out.
For example – in our early years we had a “fall festival” every year around this time.
Oh goodness was it work!!!
Games. Prizes. Food. Booths. Bonfires. Bounce Houses.
At the end of the fall festival I needed a vacation.
Then I started hearing about these fabulous things called Trunk or Treats.
Can I tell you something??
This is FANTASTIC!
We invite everyone in our church – young and old – to come and bring your car, your lawn chair and a bag of candy.
We all pull our cars in a circle in the parking lot and have hot dogs in the middle.
The most genius thing is this – everyone helps make this event happen! I’m not left with trying to figure out 15 different games and all that jazz.
Granny Starr says this is a good thing!!
And I just realized almost every photo I have is of old people. Really?? I promise there were kids there…
Kids lined up at the back of our car to play ring toss with hula hoops and basket ball toss with laundry baskets!! It was a blast!! But I was too busy playing and didn’t take a single picture of that, hahah!
I literally can’t stop laughing at my sister and her BFF…also known as Mildred and Ethel.
This is what I’m learning about slowing down:
MAKE IT SIMPLE!!!
Choosing the simple allows me to actually enjoy my family and bring the very best me there at the event AND home after we’re done.
Tonight, we had a blast with our church family. I encourage you – find a church family. Be there. Get involved. Make a difference in your community.
But don’t worry – you don’t have to do it all, you can #slowitdownSunday and choose the simple.
If you’re involved in ministry or your local church – don’t ever feel like you have to do it all on your own. Learning to take the simple road is refreshing. Let your church people help carry the load and enjoy being with people – give it a try!
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