WILLOWWOOD IS ROCKIN’ MINISTRY
We don’t hear much about Bethel’s WillowWood preschool program. Because it is oriented toward people who do not attend Bethel Church, the ministry tends to run quietly in the background. Nevertheless, WillowWood is having a big impact, and I’m eager to tell you about it. Here are just a few highlights:
There is a full morning class consisting of 20 children ages three and four.
Many of these little ones are not from Christian homes and are learning about God for the first time.
Kim Dalmeijer, our WillowWood teacher, says: “At WillowWood we pray when we do circle time. We pray before we eat, and we pray to end our time together. In this way, we encourage a healthy routine of prayer and thanksgiving. This practice supports our aim to introduce children to the concept that God, our creator, made them.”
One WillowWood parent visited Bethel Church, and now attends regularly. She participated in last year’s Alpha Course.
Other parents have either visited Bethel or enquired about the church.
One family had been planning to move to the south side of Edmonton. They put off their move for a full year so their child could attend WillowWood.
The WillowWood staff are always seeking to connect parents with each other and with the church. Thelmè explains: “Some mornings we serve coffee and cookies for the parents. We also have a Facebook group where parents connect and share funny things about their kids—or make requests for help with drop off or pick up. We are also planning to create a space where parents can sit, chat and connect while their kids are in the preschool.”
There are just a few more openings in WillowWood. Bethel parents are welcome and encouraged to enroll their children.
Please pray for Our WillowWood teacher Kim Dalmaijer and assistant Lindsay Van Boom as they seek to guide the children in their relationship to God. Pray that God will move in the hearts of the children—and their parents—drawing them to Himself.
- Pastor Tom
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