“What are you thankful for?”, I ask the kids. With responses like, “toys”, “mommy”, “daddy”.
November is when we recognize the most of things that we are thankful for. But really, we should always be thankful for all our blessings. I am thankful for these kids and their wonderful kindness and hugs. Not a day goes by that us teachers are receiving several hugs and giving them as well.
On Halloween, be it extremely cold, we still had Batman, witches, Cinderella, a skeleton, muscle man, and even Minnie Mouse come to visit us. The kids had fun parading in their costumes and receiving treats.
Learning colors can be difficult, but when you where the color of the day, it is easy to re-member those colors. We did just that. We had a red, yellow, pink, green, and blue day.
We were blessed to have two Veterans visit us for Veterans week. They shared their experience in being a soldier for the United States and for God. We are truly thankful for their service and all that they have and continue to do for us.
One important thing in the children’s lives is family. The children brought in pictures of their family members. Some of those family members included their pets. The children also had a family meal, where they learned and practiced table manners and sharing food with one another.
The day care family is truly blessed to have supporters like you. We are thankful for your prayers and monetary gifts. With the scrip card sale, the percentage back that we have received has been about $150. This may seem small, but it is extremely helpful. The scrip card sale will be an ongoing event for the day care. We have currently added Cal’s and C&R. Thanks again for your support.
~Sara Turner, Director
Support our Daycare while you shop!!
St. Paul’s Child Care Center is selling gift cards! This is a great way to help the daycare with your normal everyday shopping and gift card giving on birthdays and Christmas!! Earnings from gift cards sold will help our Child Care Center keep rates affordable and provide an emergency fund. At this time, we will only take paper orders paid by check or cash. Order forms are available in the Narthex on Sunday mornings following worship service, or by clicking the link below and turning your completed form in to the church office. Gift cards purchased will be available for pickup by the following Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Weicken at 573-690-6647. Thank you for your support!!
Child Care Center Q & A…
How many church members have children at our daycare? Currently, we have 12 children that are children of members.
How many non members have children at our daycare? We have 30 children of non members at this time.
Is there a designated time each day that a story from the bible is read? In addition to chapel each Friday, Bible time is each day from 11-11:30. Each week we focus on a different story or theme. We not only read the Bible story, we further ingrain the message with supporting activities. For instance, the children have been learning the story of boy Jesus at the temple. They loved playing, “Let’s Find Jesus!” with a Jesus figurine after answering questions about the Bible story.
Since the daycare opened, how many children has the daycare taken care of? How many are member or non member? 104 families (some families have more than one child), and 23 of those families have at least one parent as a member of our congregation.
How often take the children to visit the nursing homes? When they do go what type of activities do they do there? Once a month to read books, sing, do seasonal activities, crafts, or games.
What are the future goals of the daycare? Continue to offer high quality Christian childcare, as there is a high need of demand for this in our community. Every day families call to be added to our wait list. We also continue to pray for additional space, which would give us the opportunity to serve additional families in the future.
If anyone has questions please feel free to call Marie Wickham or Sara Turner at 573-796-1997. We would love to have visitors set up a time to come see the amazing things happening here every day, or better yet come volunteer to read or play games with the children. We teach the children the love of Jesus every day, and are also a witness to their families. Even if they are affiliated with a church, many of these families do not attend church regularly. For some families past and present, the Child Care Center might be the biggest Christian influence in their life, and perhaps the only positive connection to a church. We hope that we are planting a seed in the hearts of the families and especially the children to develop a personal relationship with Jesus.
Many of the families have shared how grateful they are that their children come home telling Bible stories and singing songs about our Lord. Second-hand information is only a very small window to see the service St. Paul’s Child Care Center offers to our community and to these children’s futures; we hope you can schedule a visit!