Wouldn’t you know it! The week you make twenty-five popsicles as a treat for your kids (more than enough!), twenty-six children show up. The next week, just to be sure, you make thirty Rice Krispy bars and eight children get to share them. The kids are happy, but you are left scratching your head.
One of the facts of life, hard to accept but true nonetheless, is that coming to your group is optional for many children. Families these days are stressed and busy; parents don’t always understand the vital importance of their kids’ spiritual nurture; single parents may be sharing custody of their children. Sunday school is not the only game in town—sports events, birthday parties, and community celebrations are often scheduled for Sunday mornings too.
We may not like how this plays out, but deal with it we must. How do you cheerfully handle the unpredictable size of the group from week to week? How can you encourage children who come consistently to welcome those who come only occasionally? How can you stay in touch with kids whose attendance is sporadic?
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