Here’s some excerpts from my diary..(thought I’d share with you my journey of running my first Esther group at my church.) Hope you enjoy it!
Weeks leading up to Esther….
Phew so relieved we’re running Esther on Sunday mornings; it was so tough trying to organise a mid-week day and time when the majority of girls would be free – this is just perfect!
Loved creating a personalised card for each of the girls; posted them the week before Esther started…Friday before: Setting up was fun.. we chose purples, black and silver….
Individual cards made and posted for each of the girls coming to Esther
Home made bunting!
I bought stickers so the girls could personalise their folders with the each weeks session in
Room transformed all ready for Esther
So thrilled Stacie has agreed to help me; she’s great! A new Christian herself; closer in age to the girls than I am; full of energy, passion and love for Jesus. I think our different life experiences will complement and bring so much more to the group.
Blessed with 8 girls; 3 are brand new to church; invited by parents/grandparents who are Christians and come to church! Love how God surprises and encourages me; I never imagined that He would use Esther for girls who don’t know Him (yet)! So glad I took the time to visit one of the (non-church) girls at her home to talk more about Esther; it felt really important to explain how we would be looking at the Bible, praying as well as all doing other fab and fun activities.
21st Jan 2018 – Extra ‘getting to know you’ Week
It’s finally come; all that writing and preparation last year and God has made it happen! Glad I’ve included an extra week; feels it’s so important to take time to get to know one another; especially for me as I don’t know the girls that well.
Loved that the girls immediately noticed what we had done to the room and they so appreciated the hours it took for me and Stacie to put it altogether. So touched by that. Did lots of little activities; explained how the course would run, lovely, light atmosphere of acceptance and anticipation. Good to hear from the girls what issues they think girls struggle with;
- Body Image
- Social media – posing/perfect follower ratio
- Feeling the need to hide behind a mask
- Bullying – popularity wins – (the less clever you are the more popular/seen as better than being clever)
- Academic ability – its competitive out there!
I knew we were doing okay as towards the end of the session the girls decided that a sleep over at my house would be a good idea – not so sure about that!!
28th Jan –Gutted; I’m ill; flu virus – I’ve contacted all the parents to let them know Esther is cancelled this week; got some lovely responses. But I feel a bit anxious that a disruption will give some of the girls a reason not to come back! Trust and pray Angela!