On behalf of the TI staff, we want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. We hope it is filled with lots of family time, yummy food and relaxation. We are often reminded in this season to give thanks and to spend time reflecting on all that God has graciously provided for us. I pray that your hearts would be overflowing with gratitude as you intentionally recognize the many things in your life that you have to be thankful for.
We will be back to “normal” on Sunday in regards to having all of our rooms back but we will be forever changed by our experience over the past few months. As we make the transition back to our separate spaces we encourage you to take the things that you’ve learned and use them to make an even greater impact in your role. We had the opportunity to do this as a family ministries staff a few weeks ago and I want to share some things that we learned that may connect with you too.
Don’t forget the individual touch, even in the midst of working in a big organization. We were able to see how impactful it was to intentionally ask each person how they were doing, if they needed anything and how we could help and/or support them. Although tangible needs intensified during and after the storm, there is still an incredible need to support and love on our families and we can’t do that if we aren’t connecting with them individually in some way! It’s the small things that really matter to people (like a card, text or phone call)!
Flexibility is key. Change can be hard, but so often it’s the moments of uncertainty that help us grow and learn most.
Being together all in one space has helped to build better relationships. The past few months it’s felt, more than ever, like we are one big family. Let’s continue to make relationships with each other a priority. After-all, we were created to be in community.
I encourage you to take some time to pause and reflect on what you’ve learned as well! Maybe you’ve learned something new about the kids in your group and what engages them the most. You might’ve tried something totally different for check in and check out giving leaders more time to interact with families and now you see more connections happening each week. Whatever it may be, I encourage you to think about it and look for ways to use what you’ve learned as we moved forward!
Lastly, Don’t forget about the Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday night! This event is for all PC3 volunteers. It will be from 6:15-6:45 over by the pond! We hope to see you there!