God Moments and Volunteer of the Week

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Let’s Celebrate!  Meet our Volunteer of the Week…Kelly Nicholson!

Kelly joined our team almost two years ago and her role has expanded to a Team Leader. She serves every Sunday at 9am in Clubhouse B and leads large group. Kelly is fun, energetic and does a phenomenal job relating to the children. She sets a great example for others to follow. Thank you Kelly, the best is yet to come!

Who will be this weekend’s Volunteer of the Week? … stay tuned!

Training Tip from Takeout training:  You’re never alone when you lead God’s little ones.  God’s right there with you.  So it’s logical that there will be times when he interjects a situation he can use to teach or reach someone in your class for his purpose.  (and don’t be surprised if that someone is you!)  Open your heart to God as he uses you.   After all, he’s the Master Teacher!

Keep a journal of God moments in your life, both in and out of your classroom.  Maybe it’s a chance meeting with an old friend who needs a word of encouragement.  Or maybe it’s a time in class when the lesson needs to stop in order to attend to the needs of a hurting or confused child.  The more you see God working in your life, the more you’ll expect to see him!

Love always,




















Volunteer Appreciation Celebration!


Our Early Childhood Volunteer Appreciation party was a BLAST Monday night.   We enjoyed LOTS of pizza, desserts and had some fun trivia questions for everyone. TEN people won the trivia prizes, we laughed, we enjoyed time together and we loved.  The frigid temperatures did not stop us from celebrating our awesome team!

Lisa and I are so grateful for each of you sharing your time, talent and energy with God’s little ones.  We  were already talking today about  when we could do something like this again!


We are very  thankful for EVERYONE on our team.   THANK YOU for being the best team ever!

Enjoy browsing through some photos from Monday night…

Love always,


“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:24-25










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Worship and Bible Lesson Videos – November Weeks 4 and 5

November Weeks 4 and 5 – LG Overview- For LG Leaders (click on link to view in a pdf)


November Weeks 4 and 5 - LG Overview

Backyard Update: David, shuttle, creativity and team party is NEXT week!


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Let’s Celebrate! Meet last weekend’s Volunteer of the Week…David Cihocki!

David joined our team in September.  He is a student helper every Saturday.  David is a huge help in our clubhouses assisting with our kindergarteners.  He is fun, friendly, polite, energetic and willing to do whatever it takes to keep our activities running smoothly for the children.  We are so grateful to have him on our team.  THANK YOU David, the best is yet to come!

Do you know about our Sunday morning shuttle buses?   Sunday mornings are the busiest services at Parkview.  By shuttling you open up parking spaces for new families.  It’s so easy and CONVENIENT!  The shuttle runs every Sunday NON-STOP from 7:30am-1:00pm from Horton’s which is 1 minute east of Parkview off of 183rd.  The shuttle will drop you right off at the door.  Give it a try!  Brie from our team did and said she loved it and is encouraging you to do the same. Thanks Brie!



Our Early Childhood Volunteer Team Appreciation party is this MONDAY, November 17th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  We are gathering together in the EAST lobby BY THE FIREPLACE.  This party is for YOU!  Come join us for food, fun, games, prizes and fellowship!  Pizza will be served.  If you are planning to attend PLEASE be sure to click here and add your name to the guest list so I know how much food to order. Thanks!

This week’s training tip from Takeout Training:  Children don’t learn through making perfect crafts.  They learn through the process of creating and through debriefing the process.  You show the children a sample craft and then see them do something different.  Choose to respond with love and pride when you see their unique and personal craft.  Praise them for their creativity and imagination.  Embrace creativity in the classroom.  Everyone’s craft will look different…and that’s OK.

Make creativity a priority in your classroom by allowing kids to use the free time and arts & crafts time as an opportunity to express themselves and their growing friendships with God.  Love the lambs.

Thanks for all you do and I look forward to seeing YOU soon!

BIG hugs and much love,

Jill Shea


November and December Curriculum


December Memory Verse Motions - Blog


November Weeks 2 and 3 – 2’s and 3’s – November 8th/9th and 15th/16th

November Weeks 2 and 3 – 4’s and Clubhouse – November 8th/9th and 15th/16th

November Weeks 4 and 5 – 2’s and 3’s – November 22nd/23rd and 29th/30th

November Weeks 4 and 5 – 4’s and Clubhouse – November 22nd/23rd and 29th/30th


Backyard Update: Tom, party and three things for this week


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Let’s celebrate!  Meet our volunteer of the week…Tom Chouinard!

Tom joined our team in January and serves every Sunday at 11am in Clubhouse A.  Tom is wonderful with the children and leads the kids through all the activities.  He has a way of making it fun for everyone!  Thank you Tom, the best is yet to come!

November is the month we celebrate our awesome TEAM, we are so thankful for each and every one of you!  Come join us for our Early Childhood Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Monday, November 17th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm — Food, Fun, Fellowship and prizes!  Please click here for the invite and add your name to the guest list if you are able to join us. Thanks!

Three things for this week:

1.  We are in need of at least two more adults for this Saturday at 3:45 and this Sunday night at 5:45pm.  If you can help please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks!

2.  Remember you can view all the fun-filled activities Lisa Dorman put together any time on our team blog: http://parkviewec.wordpress.com/category/curriculum/

3.  Team Training – We are in the life-changing business!  Everything we teach and each relationship we build must have a compassion focus.  Here’s a few tips from “Takeout Training” to keep in mind as we serve in the Backyard:

Accept everyone – Send the message that you are glad they’re here with “I’m so glad you’re here!”

Meet kids where they are at - Some are being raised in Christian homes, others are experiencing their first day in church. All of them are on a journey.  And they need you to walk with them–wherever they are.

Model Christ – Show kids what it means to live in relationship with Jesus.  This sends the strongest message of all.

Compassion is the first step in changing lives. We can’t make kids have a relationship with Jesus but we can motivate them to want one!

Love the lambs.

BIG hugs and much love,

Jill Shea
















5 Ways to Build Trust in the Classroom

Erica Klix

Look who we put the spotlight on last weekend….Meet our Volunteer of the Week, Erica Klix! 

Erica has been serving for over a year and is a Team Leader in the Yellow Room (4 yr olds) every Sunday at 9am.  She does her best to create an amazing experience for every child who walks through the door.  Erica naturally makes new volunteers feel welcome and excited to join our team. She always serves with joy.  Thank you Erica, the best is yet to come!

It’s really been fun going through Life on Mission with the little ones.  THANK YOU for your dedication to our Parkview families!

We have a BIG need for at least two more adults for this Sunday’s 5:45pm service (November 2nd).  If you are available please let me know ASAP or better yet just add yourself in to the schedule. THANKS!!!!!

Imparting information is only part of what we accomplish in classes at church.  Establishing an atmosphere of trust and love that makes the child want to return is just as important.

Below are 5 ways we can build trust in the classroom:

Attitude – Children need to feel that they can talk to you in confidence and without criticism.

Fun – Find joy in the children’s discoveries and maintain a happy classroom environment

Enabling questions – Allow children to make choices instead of telling the child what to do.  Instead of saying “Put the puzzles back in the cabinet,” ask, “Where do we put the puzzles?”  Children like to feel they have an important role in the classroom.

Praise and affirmation – Every child wants to feel like the most special child in the world.  Compliment and encourage children and team members often.  Mention specific actions you observed.

Nonverbal signs – Use body language to show acceptance.  Sit at the children’s eye level and avoid hovering over them. Smile frequently!

I look forward to seeing YOU soon.

“You are the light of the world, let your light shine in front of others.”  Matthew 5:14-16

With love,

Jill Shea



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