Good News from Promiseland
Although we cannot meet physically with our Promiseland children, I have sent out weekly messages to the kids (that the parents are reading to them). I was cheered to have received feedback from several parents who let me know that the messages have been encouraging to their kids as well as for them. Each message is set up like the show we normally provide during our meetings, but it encourages them to participate. I also sent out songs in videos that they are familiar with and can dance to and always provide a craft! This way, their minds are focused on good things and their bodies are kept active with physical activities.
Early during the quarantine, postcards were sent to the children encouraging them to pray and stay healthy, strong and to let them know that they are missed! I hear that they had fun getting mail.
During Holy Week, a daily message was sent to the children explaining what each day of the week meant and why we should spend special time with Jesus. It also contained an Easter craft related to that day and music links! My prayer was that the parents would spend time with the children reading through, discussing the messages and learning together! My prayer was answered! I even had one parent share that he did not know the significance of each day and was so happy to understand the importance of each day.
The Sunday before Holy week, one of our fantastic volunteers, Amber, put together Easter bags and distributed them at the church! The kids were so excited to receive goodies. We shared the information to our Promiseland kids, on Facebook (ours and a posting to Bay Crest) and word of mouth! 40 bags were given out to children in our community!
And in the closet of our Promiseland room, there were some cards that former Promiseland Alumni created…I thought what better time to use them – those cards are being mailed to our Wesley Family to let everyone know that they are loved and missed!
Stay Safe during the quarantine! Love you all and look forward to the day that we can fellowship together again!–
Rochelle L. Mock
Wesley Memorial UMC
6100 Memorial HighwayTampa, FL 33615