You know when something seems a good idea at the time – and that time is usually a long time before you actually have to do something about it?
That’s where I am.
Some time ago I was chatting to my headteacher about how we can reach out into our school community more and also how to strengthen links with our church. Eventually we hit upon the ‘good’ idea of a ‘Toddler Worship Group’. It seemed to tick a lot of boxes – it would help settle little ones into school life before they started in Reception, helping them get to know some teachers and have fun in a school setting; we would reach out to a different community group; it’s an obvious extension of the church’s work and it genuinely sounded a lot of fun.
However, that was a year ago. Now the first meeting is in two weeks time. I’m a bit scared.
I have plenty of experience teaching children from aged 4-11; I have run church groups for 7-11s and even older children; I have spoken to adults about leading worship with children and led services in church on All-Age worship. But I have never worked solely with any children quite so young as the ones coming into our school soon expecting an hour of fun, worship, craft, singing and goodness knows what else.
I’ve spent nearly as much time praying as I have wondering why I decided this was a good idea. Talk about out of your comfort zone.
But we’re nearly there. It’s been advertised in the church attached to our school and with our school parents; we’ve had an encouraging amount of interest and I have some ideas what I’m going to do.
I’ll let you know how it goes. But before then, please pray and if you run anything similar in your church or school please comment and tell me what you do and what I shouldn’t do! All help gratefully received.