We've learned a lot over the summer about what is important in a Cathedral Children & Youth program/ministry. For one thing, there are many moving parts! The program is in a regrowth phase, so we learn as we grow..
Beautifying Our Space
In the nursery, you will notice that several pieces of furniture have been cleared out- thank you, Craig & Bill! We've reorganized the closet into a Shared Ministry Craft Closet- thank you Anslee and Sarah! For the bathroom in the nursery, we've ordered a doorstop (to keep the door ajar when an adult is assisting a child--Safeguarding), Thistle Farms lavender soap and room spray to freshen the space and a colorful floor mat.
We've ordered faux plants to fill the space (lavender), and hope to add potted plants and work with the Flower Guild. There are also faux thyme plants going into the Children's Chapel. These plants will serve as a baseline as we build green spaces in the year to come. A mixture will allow for growth and the implementation of dreams as we go along. Many thanks to Eric Peterson for hanging pieces of artwork in our spaces- bringing life and culture into our 3 rooms (Nursery, Youth Room/office and Children's Chapel).
The Youth room was cleared out over the summer. Binders to organize paperwork, thanks Marilyn. We'll remove the interior temporary wall and the sofa this year to make the space open and Safeguard friendly. Thanks, Tommy, for helping to organize the materials-- we'll continue to sort through the curriculum this year.
The Children's Chapel is transforming into a more sacred and contemplative space. We've noticed that is gets warm in there- we may add fans. Children also are thirsty (especially after sharing the bread), so we'll have fresh water available on Sunday mornings.
Emily updates the sign-ins weekly, is rethinking name tags (maybe the Children and Youth-- and Nursery kids! can have Cathedral name tags...) and the volunteer/lay minister rota. We're looking for 15 co-leads in the nursery and 4 rotating group co-leads in the Children's Chapel. We've hired a new paid Lead Cathedral Child Care person for consistency.
As we continue to make lists upon lists of human efforts to grow a ministry, it is essential to remember the elements of love of community/neighbor (asking others for help and sharing the load), love of self (we can't do this all in one day + self care along the way), and love of God (thank you, Lord, for answering our prayers and activating our work through the Holy Spirit).
May we continue to beautify our ministries
Learn as We Grow.