Mints and Snacks
Our church is blessed with adorable children. Not only are they adorable, but they all have really good breath! After each service, the little lambs flock to Pastor Black for a hug and a breath mint. I provide even more hugs (because our adorable kids are such lovable cuddle bugs) and a second trip to the mint buffet. Walt and I have different mint preferences. While he prefers spearmint, I abhor it. I love the cool blast of freshness I get from Winterfrost. Apparently, our church kids are very fond of both!
When it comes to snacks, however, some of our kids have much more discerning tastes. One hates cheese and crackers, another only likes certain cookies, and one sweet little boy has severe food allergies, so his mother usually brings him a separate snack. (I relate to that, having suffered with food allergies when I was little.) I used to try to find snacks that everyone enjoyed. Now, when I hear, "Teacher, I don't like this," I say, "I'm sorry you don't like it. I promise I won't make you eat it." They usually eat it (and like it) anyway, and I bring something different next time. (I teach preschoolers in Rainbows; but, I know that older kids can be picky, too!)
Although mints and snacks are of monumental importance (at least at our church), differing tastes and preferences abound in other areas, as well. (I'm sure that's a real revelation!) Some of our girls love to play games, others prefer to watch DVDs or do crafts. They're as different as apples and oranges or night and day or two other very different things. What is a leader to do?! As one of our favorite presidents once said, "You can please some of the people all of the time, and you can please all of the people some of the time; but, you can't please all the people all the time."
Girls Ministries Club Sponsor Guides provide a variety of activities, games, and lesson-related suggestions to help you plan fun, meaningful, and varied age-appropriate club meetings that minister to each of your girls. Other resources are also available on the Girls Ministries website.
In 1 Corinthians 9:22, the apostle Paul said, ". . . so that by all possible means I might save some." Sometimes "all possible means" involves little things like hugs and mints and great snacks. As their leaders, it's important for us to know the interests of each girl, so we know what specific, creative means to use to reach her. So, what'll it be?
Diana Black is married to Pastor Walt and is mom to Chelsea, a junior at Vanguard University. She loves kids and coordinating Girls Ministries at New Beginnings, in Hanford, California.