The Easter season has been a wonderful time here at SPCCC! The children are still talking so much about Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead. During some free time in mid-April, a teacher asked a group of 5 kids going into kindergarten this August what topic they wanted to talk about. One girl said ‘Let’s talk about Jesus!’ and all the kids excitedly took turns. Most of what they said was factual…some things got a bit confused such as calling it ‘The First Dinner’ instead of ‘The Last Supper’, but the big ideas were there! They brought up the 12 Disciples and one boy said ‘My Daddy was a disciple!’
One of the favorite weekly lessons was the week the kids talked about the Bible. They sang B-I-B-L-E, made their own Bible, and talked about their favorite stories from the Bible. The kids also learned about the letters W, X, and Y this past month. We were also able to take a tour of a rainforest at the middle school that the classes had set up, complete with a few live animals!
Teachers at St. Paul’s Child Care Center are looking forward to the Picnic and Carnival on June 16th! We are starting to brainstorm game ideas that will give church members and SPCCC families a chance to get to talk to various teachers and see the types of fun learning activities we do daily!
We are looking for volunteers this summer! Whether you can only come once or if you would like to come more often, we would love to have you here! The kids would love to learn about your hobby or job, hear you read a book, or just come by to chat and play. Please call 573-796-1997 or see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex!
If you know of anyone needing care for their child over age 5, we have a couple school-age openings! We are filling spots now for the summer program. The kids have daily bible time, and last year was a superhero theme. Once a week, Ms. Sara takes these kids to the pool, the library, the park, and chapel with Pastor Kopper. They also have theme days such as bring your bike, bring hair/beauty supplies, etc. They also help make their own lunch a few times and participate in a few community service activities through the summer to learn the importance of being generous. They also love doing new fun science experiments and math games! Please call 573-796-1997 as soon as possible for details on rates and more information!
Marie Wickham, Director
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!