Two huge answers to prayer have come our way lately. The first has to do with finding local friends. I have been praying for a way for my kids to meet other Christian kids in our area, something I thought would be very difficult since we don't plan on changing churches. And God provided a way!
We had two separate families who live nearby that we have known for a long time tell us about a youth ministry that has blessed them and their children in our area. And finally, the younger two kids went last Friday. And they enjoyed going! They said the other kids were welcoming and the message was right on. Ryan's age group meets on another day, and we were not able to get him to his group, but hope to one day soon. This is such a huge blessing and perhaps another step towards settling in our new town.
In addition, I have been praying about what to do next fall with our church commitments. We have been very active in our church for years and we don't want to change that totally. But, I think I have a plan.
Right now on Sundays, Grace serves in the first service at 8 o'clock. A few times this winter, it has been difficult to get to church that early as the highway is not cleared of snow until later. So, we are going to sign her up to work in the Sunday school second hour next fall.
Ryan already works the second hour in 5th grade Sunday school. He wants to stay there.
Trevor will be in the Jr. High during the second hour.
We are all going to drop out of AWANA, most likely. This will be an unpopular decision, but frankly, we can't afford the gas. It's $10 round trip. And with the local youth group option, I think it will be less an issue.
We are going to switch to attending the third service at 11:40 on small group Sundays. This way we won't leave the house at 7 AM and get home at 5PM twice a month as we are doing now.
For karate, which meets at our church, my dear husband is going to adjust his work schedule so that he can get off an hour early on karate nights. He will be able to take the kids or we all go as a family, and the two of us have a date night. :)
Community life is so important when you belong to a church, but if you live 33 miles away, it can be prohibitive and stressful. With prayerful adjustments, I think we can make this work!