We began July learning about Freedom. In addition to fun fireworks crafts and Uncle Sam hats, the kids learned about the United States flag and what it represents. Each child designed their own flag and got to run through the playground yelling ‘FREEDOM!’ waving their flag! The main message for that week was ‘Freedom Isn’t Free’ because men and women have fought for our freedom and many gave their lives. In Jesus we have the greatest freedom because he paid the price for our sin and in Him we have eternal life.
Two other Bible themes this past month have been Jarius daughter (Only Believe) and Naaman (Following God’s Directions). The kids enjoyed acting out these stories and playing games to help engrain the message. For example, playing with first aid items, playing ‘sick tag’ where those who were tagged had to lie down, and Simon Says so that we could follow directions just like Naaman did by washing in the Jordan River seven times.
The kids learned bike safety and helped the sick kids of St. Jude’s during our annual Trike-a-thon! The kids rode their trikes around an obstacle course set up behind the church including a bike wash, snack, popsicle, and gas stop stations.
The biggest event this month of course was the kids got “Shipwrecked” with Vacation Bible School! Thanks so much to all the volunteers who made this a wonderful success. They loved the stories, games, snacks, crafts, decorations, and music. Thank you to Beth Jungmeyer, all the teachers, and all the volunteers who gave them this fun week!
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!