As you may remember we have a family night with our small group a couple of times a year. We love our small group and have grown very close over the last couple of years. I respect each member of our group as a person and particularly as a parent. I love the idea of my children not only getting to know the other children but also the other parents. I hope that as the years go by this group will provide a safe network of friends for my children ~ a group of friends close to their age who are of like mind, and a group of adults who they might feel comfortable confiding in when they aren't sure if they can come to Frank or me. I also like the idea that we are looking out for each other's children in the community.
My children love family night! I'm not sure how much they get out of the Bible lesson we do with them during this time, but they love being with the other children and at each other's homes. It carries over to church because they see familiar faces in the hallways.
During Advent three years ago, we had the children "perform" the Christmas story during our small group family night. One of the mothers made fabulous costumes and each year the children get more and more into the performance. Perfect no, but precious most definitely.
This year, Stephen was our eager beaver. As a wiseman, he entered the stage with the angel and Mary and Joseph. And then there was Walker ~ "no" is his favorite word anyway, but he was quite adamant that he was not wearing a costume.