When my daughter was born, I felt like my community was changing. We had been a part of an amazing Sunday School class filled with other young couples with young children, but three of the couples soon moved away and my husband took a position at a different church. I struggled to find a community of like-minded working parents. Most “mommy and me” type groups met at 10:00 am during the week when I was working. When Larry and I came to Second Baptist, we were delighted to meet other young families. I still wanted that “mommy and me” experience that I could not find anywhere, and I was not alone. I am a member of several Memphis mom groups on Facebook and saw other working moms looking for the same thing. I spoke with Julia, and Sing and Play was born. We meet on Sunday afternoons so working parents can come, and we have time for children to bond with their parents through music and movement. Afterwards, we have Common Grounds, a coffee fellowship time for parents while their children play in the next room with our fabulous nursery staff.

Problem-Solving Using Gifts

So often we can find ourselves wrapped up in complaining about things that we don’t like or things we think need to change. We wish our church did this or that. We don’t like the way a program is run at our kids’ school. Why don’t our coworkers do things the way we want them done at our jobs? Recently, I have noticed several of the administrators at the school where I work starting to invite suggestions on how to improve when someone comes to complain. How can you help us solve this problem? As Christians, we are called to take ownership of the communities in which we live and work to find solutions to problems that we see. I Corinthians 12 tells us that God has given each of us spiritual gifts to use to help the body of Christ. Perhaps by revealing an area of need to you, God is encouraging you to use your gifts to work towards change.

Sing and Play at Second

Sing and Play and Common Grounds have become something I look forward to each week. Yes, I have to do a little extra work to plan and prepare, but the outcome is worth every extra minute I spend on the Sing and Play curriculum. I love seeing the littlest members of our church family interact with their parents or caregivers. I love the fellowship with other parents afterwards. I am so glad that I can use my God-given gifts and talents to facilitate this time for others in our church community. In this new year, I encourage all church members to find a way in which they can contribute to our community by using their God-given gifts and talents.

If you have a six-week-old to three-year-old and are interested in participating in Sing and Play this spring, please join us at 4:00pm on February 16th, February 23rd, March 1st, May 3rd, May 17th, and May 24th.

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