GC Derby, in Derby, Kansas, held a Parent Afternoon Out on December 15, 2019. Our goal was to share God’s love with the children by providing a fun afternoon of activities and to be a blessing to their parents by giving them an opportunity to have an afternoon break from their normal routine. Though the weather was freezing rain and snow, eight students and one mom came to participate. Thirteen GC Derby members, who all had current background checks, stayed after church services and our monthly potluck meal to host the fun.
The children were divided into two groups with a leader who stayed with them and made sure they got to participate in all the activities. We had four activity stations, two on the main level and two in the basement. The stations were cookie decorating, card making, a scavenger hunt for items located in the landscaped village around the train set and a “Joy to the World” coloring wheel craft where the events leading up to Christ’s birth were colored while the story was read to the children. We all joined together for a snack break, an obstacle course and the final event in the sanctuary to watch a video: Legend of the Candy Cane – The Candymaker’s gift.
It was a wonderful afternoon of interaction and fun for everyone that attended. We know many were praying for us before and during this event, we appreciated it very much. We had a joy-filled time being God’s instruments of peace and love.
May we all see clearly in 2020,
Pastor Kirk Hayden, GC Derby