My Big Girl’s First Day in Big Church

Today was Phoebe’s first day to be a part of Big Church at Trinity. Big Enough for Big Church is how our children’s ministry describes the transition from the nursery to being a part of the worship service on Sunday mornings. Before today, Phoebe had only been to Big Church for special occasions such as when her choir began the worship service or for Sophie’s dedication.

To start this process, we had breakfast on Saturday with several of the other families who would be making this same transition today. This was a chance to explain to the kids some of the new concepts they were about to see, including things that have been a part of my life as long as a can remember… things like pews and pulpits and hymnals. I don’t know that I would have thought to explain these things. Amy, our children’s minister, had the children ask us a few questions about church as part of this. One that stuck with me (and I think Phoebe too) is what our favorite part of Big Church is. For both Jessica and me, this answer was the music. During their tour of the sanctuary, the kids all got to go check out the choir loft and see a choir robe. They quickly looked past that and on the bapistry… clearly with thoughts in their heads of how they could go swimming in there.

This morning, Jessica and I were in Sophie’s nursery class for the early service. Since we didn’t want Phoebe’s first experience in Big Church to be without us, she stuck around as our helper. Towards the end of this time, we pulled out construction paper and crayons. The younger girls just scribbled, but I asked Phoebe to draw what she was going to do in Big Church today. The picture below is what she drew without any other prompting! Our little big-girl apparently shares a love of music with her parents!

From August 2011

After Sunday School, I went off to get ready to sing with the choir. Jessica and Phoebe met me in the hallway before we went in so I could let Phoebe see me in my robe. She was so sweet and so excited at the same time. After the choir came in and I looked into the congregation, I saw my sweet little girl waving at her Daddy! I had to sneak a wave back in myself. Hopefully the teenage boys in front of her didn’t think I was waving at them. According to Jessica, Phoebe had a smile plastered on her face entire time the choir was singing.

A little while later, she headed off for Children’s Church and I watched her head out the door, something I’ll see many more times over the next few years.

It was a wonderful first experience for both Phoebe, Jessica, and me. We feel so blessed that we’re a part of this church and that they’re helping us raise our children up in the ways of Christ.

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