“Praise the Lord O my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” Psalm 103: 1b
January has been a month of staying busy with crafts, nursing home visits, and the lovely snow days. The unexpected snow days have brought uniqueness and interesting days to the church basement. Walking to the church from the day care one kid exclaimed, “Did you know that you can eat snow unless it is yellow?!” Then of course everyone tries to eat the new fresh white snow. On one particular snow day, we brought the snow inside. The kids had a blast and said it was best day ever.
One may never know what a child will say or do. They are like the Energizer bunny that keeps going and going and going. With this youthful energy, I honestly don’t know if I can be renewed like the eagles, but myself and the teachers can sure try. It is fun to watch the toddlers just go and go until they just can’t go any more and they pass out during lunch. To us that is a good sign that they are learning and playing hard.
On are recent visit to California Care Center, some of that energy showed. One resident said, “Oh I just want to bottle that energy up.” The kids sang their songs and did a Chinese New Year craft. The residents and children learned how to speak a simple Chinese blessing. Then they gave their usual high fives and hugs. One little one went around at least twice giving hugs. A simple hug or high five that gives a smile to any of the residents is a great way to witness Jesus’ love for all people.
On the business side, we have 19-22 school age children, with a max of 26, 15 toddlers with a max of 20, and 5 babies, with a max of 5. We do have a waiting list for babies and for 2-year-olds. We are only allowed eight 2-year-olds per one teacher. With babies moving out of the baby room, that would put a max for our 2-year-olds. We are searching for at least 2 new teachers. Right now, it would be for part time hours. If you know of anyone, please pass their name to me. Thanks so much for all of your continued support monetarily and through prayers.
~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!