5 Ways to Build Trust in the Classroom

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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


Worship and Bible Lesson Videos – Kids on Mission Week 6

LOM Week 6 – LG Overview- For LG Leaders (click on link to view in a pdf)

LOM Week 6 - LG Overview


Kids on Mission – Curriculum



LOM Memory Verse Motions


LOM Week 1 – September 27th/28th

LOM Week 2 – October 4th/5th

LOM Week 3 – October 11th/12th

LOM Week 4 – October 18th/19th

LOM Week 5 – October 25th/26th

LOM Week 6 – November 1st/2nd

For Parkview Backyard Volunteers – A Position of Honor

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Look who we celebrated last weekend….Meet of our Volunteer of the Week, Ashley DiFalco! 

Ashely started serving by hearing our call for help during the summer months. She had so much fun she decided to join us every week at 11am in Clubhouse B .  Ashley is kind, fun, creative, organized, dependable & so much more!  We love having her on our team and her love for Jesus shines!  Thank you Ashley, the best is yet to come!

This weekend (Oct 25/26) we will share the bottom line with children “Jesus wants me to shine my light by learning to be like Him!”  

A few things for this weekend:

1.  Our schedule is the same as always:

  • Arrive 30 minutes before the start of service to sign in and meet for your team huddle
  • 25 minutes before service go to your classrooms to huddle with your Team Leader and go over role assignments
  • Ready, Set, Go! We open 20 minutes before the start of service for Parkview families

2.   We have four openings for this weekend!  We need two more team members for this Saturday’s 3:45 service and two at Sunday’s 11am service.  Can you play with us?

3.  A Position of Honor – as a Parkview volunteer, you’re serving in a position of honor.  You’ve been called and chosen.   Pray, ask God to use you to help children grow closer to him.  Focus on relationships.  Learn names.  Model the relaxed friendship you want children to have with each other.  Prepare take a look at the activities before you serve, Lisa Dorman usually posts them on Wednesdays.  http://parkviewec.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/kids-on-mission-curriculum/.

Who will be this weekend’s volunteer of the week?  Stay tuned and I look forward to seeing many of you this weekend.  It’s a blast to serve alongside you, THANK YOU for all you do!

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

BIG hugs and much love,








Service Time Change for Sunday Night + Testimony Kids on Mission!


 Kids On Mission Six-Week Series Kicks Off THIS WEEKEND + Service Time Change Sunday Night!

Thank you for another GREAT weekend!  We had 12 NEW families come through our doors and 376 children in our Early Childhood classrooms last weekend (1,058 total throughout Parkview Kids). WOW!!!!  We cannot do this without YOU, thank you for being a part of what God is doing at Parkview!

We are SUPER EXCITED to kick off “Kids on Mission” this weekend to go along with our “Life on Mission” series.  Over the next six weeks, our kids will be going on a mission, a superhero mission.  But this mission isn’t from us…this mission comes straight from GOD and we get to be a part of it.  Get ready for TONS OF FUN!  You can review all the fun-filled activities Lisa Dorman put together by clicking here .

PLEASE MAKE NOTE, There is a service time change for THIS WEEKEND’S Sunday night service (Sept. 28).  Sunday night’s service will start at 5:30pm instead of 5:45pm — to accommodate more time for service prior to the Tim Hawkins event.   We will open for our Parkview families at 5:10 pm. That means our Sunday night huddle will start at 5:00 pm, please mark your calendar if  you volunteer or attend the Sunday night service. Thanks!

YOU are making a difference!  Check out this testimony that just came in this week.  Thanks for sharing Adrienne!

“I just wanted to tell you all about this GREAT story from one of the new families who was here this past weekend.   Carolyn said her daughter (Alexis) went in kicking and screaming and came out smiling!  Yea!!  She also said that she had been misbehaving on the way to church and her mom said if she would behave she’d take her to get ice cream, but she kept misbehaving.. so her mom said no ice cream.  After church, Alexis said “Mommy, aren’t you supposed to forgive me when I’m being bad and I forgive you, too?”   Her mom was so happy that she even brought it up because she (Alexis) had never talked like that before.  She didn’t realize that we did curriculum and talked to the children about God and Jesus (She thought they just colored and did crafts).  So I told her that we did do curriculum and told her about the website.  Mom ended up taking the daughter out for ice cream because she was so happy her daughter learned that!  Such a great story! Thought you’d enjoy!  :) ”  Adrienne Trent, Parkview Kids, First Impressions Coordinator

Please be in prayer for all the families that will be coming through our doors this fall and THANK YOU for all that you do and who you are.  It’s an honor to serve with you.

BIG hugs and much love,

Jill Shea








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

Kids on Mission – “This Little Light of mine…”

Some kids have grown up hearing the song, “This Little Light of Mine, I’m going to let it Shine!” but do they truly know what it means to shine their light?  Over the next six weeks, our kids will be going on a mission, a superhero mission.  But this mission isn’t from us…this mission comes straight from GOD.

We will search the Bible and look at stories that help us uncover the answer to the question, “What is my Mission from God?”kid_LOMcurriculum_logo

  • Week 1:  Prodigal Son
    Jesus wants me to SHINE MY LIGHT by asking Him to be my friend forever.  
  • Week 2:  Zacchaeus
    Jesus wants me to SHINE MY LIGHT by being friends with everyone, even those who are different from me.
  • Week 3:  The Good Samaritan
    Jesus wants me to SHINE MY LIGHT by loving God and loving others.
  • Week 4:  The Great Commission
    Jesus wants me to SHINE MY LIGHT by telling others about Him!  
  • Week 5:  Jesus’ life
    Jesus wants me to SHINE MY LIGHT by learning to be like him.
  • Week 6:  Jesus’ prayer life
    Jesus wants me to SHINE MY LIGHT by talking to HIM about everything!

It’s going to be one exciting mission that is for sure!  Are you ready?!?

Memory Verse:  “You are the light of the world…Let your light shine in front of others.  Then they will see the good things you do.  And they will praise your Father in heaven.”   Matthew 5:14-16 (NIrV) ​

The Top 3 Things I Need You to Know this Week

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Parkview Kids … ON MISSION!

Last weekend we handed out our NEW Team t-shirts.  WOOHOO!!!!!  If you did not receive yours yet, you can pick it up on your next serve date.

THANK YOU for a great beginning to the school year.  Our teams’ energy level  is HIGH and all the children have been connecting and it all starts with YOU.  Thank you for your dedication to God’s little ones!

Here are the TOP 3 Things I need you to know this week:

1.  If you are in charge of preparing the white bags for children, please put the first AND last name on a bag when we have two children with the same first name.  We’ve had a few instances where parents will pick up the wrong bag even though you may have the initial of the last name on bag.  I’m sure you can imagine the disappointment to not receive their child’s craft.  Please be sure to put the full last name when we have two children with the same first name so we can avoid that happening in the future. Thanks!

2.  Are you on Facebook?  I’d love to connect with you and add you to our private EC Facebook group.  It’s a great tool to hear about news in real time.  Let’s connect online, friend me up!  Click here

3.  Drum roll please…..We will have 10 Christmas services this year!   I know you’re thinking…what???  It’s only September???  Well, I thought you’d like to be the first to know what Parkview has planned for this Christmas season.  Here’s the schedule for the 10 Christmas services.  If it’s your normal weekend to serve you will automatically be scheduled in for Christmas.  We will also do a recruitment for Christmas helpers.  This allows our weekly team members to have some time off to rest and recharge.

Saturday, Dec. 20:  3:45 pm & 5:45 pm (regular weekend schedule)

Sunday, Dec. 21:  9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:45 pm (regular weekend schedule)

Monday, Dec. 22:  NONE

Tuesday, Dec. 23:  5:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 24: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Let’s continue to go beyond the call of duty and make this our best year yet as we reach out to our community each weekend, encourage parents and minister to children through loving touch, encouraging speech and appropriate play.

RISE UP, you are more than you know!

BIG hugs and much love,

Jill Shea








“God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 NLT


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