MINIS and ME

(MOMS and TOTS THRIVING TOGETHER)

Welcome to Minis & Me at Lancaster Alliance Church!

We are so excited to move forward in creative, meaningful ways as a community during this COVID-19 pandemic

when community for moms is so very important.

Please see detailed information below.


Registration is now open for our 2021 session. 

Submit your registration online and pay by credit or debit card, click HERE.

Submit your registration online and pay by check, click HERE.

Please scroll through the forms in their entirety.


Registration closes on January 22.


Questions can be directed to Stephanie Holden by clicking HERE.

WHO WE ARE

Welcome to Minis & Me at Lancaster Alliance Church! We are so excited to move forward in creative, meaningful ways as a community during the COVID-19 pandemic when community for moms is so very important.

We invite all mothers either expecting a baby or mothers of young children (age birth through Kindergarten) to join us at Minis and Me as together we explore our Minis and Me theme for the 2020-2021 year, By the Work Of Your Hands.

OUR MEETING SCHEDULE

For the spring 2021 semester, we will continue meeting bi-weekly in our closed Facebook group - Minis and Me Speaker Sessions. We’ll enjoy wonderful virtual speakers and online studies with follow up discussion in online meeting rooms. You do not need to have a Facebook account to participate in the discussion or online studies, however our LIVE speakers do utilize this platform.  In addition to bi-weekly meetings, we also enjoy at least one virtual creative activity and one outdoor/virtual "Mom’s Night Out" to build relationships and give ourselves a much needed mental break.  We try to vary our activities to appeal to lots of different interests,  with some of our past events including things such as a cooking class, painting night, seasonal crafting, coffee shop meetups, breakfast meetups and virtual game nights! You will also receive support from a wonderful community of moms and mentor mamas in our larger Facebook group, which is open to current members and past members as well!


Link to the main FB Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/186752918036081

 

As a registered participant, you will also receive a monthly goodie bag, delivered to your door in a safe "social distancing" fashion!  This bag will include a newsletter with upcoming "save the dates" and announcements, as well as a journaling section to jot down your thoughts during our studies/discussions.  And while we can't replace eating yummy delicious breakfast together, the bags also include some treats and surprises for Mom...to help fill that void a little bit! 

 

Also - don't worry!  We have not forgotten your Minis! Our amazing Minis Childcare coordinator, Patty Schappel, is curating TWO crafts/lessons for your registered kiddos that will be hand delivered inside your bag. The Minis supplies are geared to provide you with something to occupy your Minis while you listen to a speaker or participate in discussion. You can expect simple, cute craft options that are fun for your littles to do, that also teaches them about the love of Jesus.  Their bags also include some fun treats for them to enjoy. We all know that our Minis get so much out of being in their classes, so making sure that they are not forgotten is a high priority.

 

If you are excited to participate in Creative Activities, our creative coordinator, Laura Hostetter, also curates a bag of supplies to go along with our scheduled crafts!  This is available to you for an additional cost of $6.  Moms choosing this option will receive supplies for the upcoming craft, also delivered in their monthly bag.  If you don't want to run to the store for supplies or scrounge around your house for what you need, this option is for you!  It's also highly likely that you may have supplies leftover to use on projects of your own.  You DO NOT need to purchase the Creative Activity supplies in order to participate in the events.  You are definitely welcome to provide your own supplies and join in creating OR just watch the virtual events for fun!

 

In order to be inclusive to the many demands we are facing as Moms in this challenging time, our virtual schedule is somewhat flexible. We will meet every other Tuesday in varying capacities based on the event scheduled for that week. Speakers will host their LIVE talks in our Facebook Group at 10am.  Their videos will be shared to the group when they end, so if you miss the LIVE, you can watch it back later at your convenience.  Bible study videos will be available to be viewed online at your leisure the week of.  Those same videos will also be hosted via a ZOOM link in the afternoon, with discussion immediately following (with the goal of coordinating with nap times).  We will also host a SECOND discussion time in the evenings for Mamas who work during the day! Discussion groups will not be recorded or shared to the group so that we may share our thoughts and feelings candidly. Creative activities will happen various times and will be announced online in our FB Group.


Online meeting dates are as follows for 2021:

Jan 26
Feb 9, 23

Mar 9, 23

Apr 6, 20
May 4, tentatively 22

OUR 2020-2021 THEME

"By the work of your hands"

"For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] 

for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], 

so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us."    

Ephesians 2:10 (AMP)

 

There are fingerprints on the wall, and the windows too…AGAIN. Those are the small reminders that this house does real life. No matter how much you go out of your way to make sure their little hands are washed after they come in from playing in the dirt, or how often cleaning up time actually happens, there they are. Breathe. Take a moment to stop and ponder. Those little fingerprints were created with love while their bodies were still being formed, go several layers deep, and no other person in the world has a matching one. They are daily reminders that no other person in all of the world is the same as your little one…or you.

 

As you were formed, God created you intricately so that not one person is the same - from your innermost spirit out to your unique fingerprints. Fingerprints are the mark we leave behind somewhere. It marks what we have done and where we have been. It is the same way with your legacy. No one can leave a legacy quite like the one you do both on your families and those around you. Your little nuances were created and designed for the life God wanted to give to only you. They are intricate and unchanging.  In the same way, our children are engraved upon our hearts making us mothers forever.

 

Fingerprints are small, unassuming, intricate, yet incredibly hard to remove or erase. Fingerprints are resilient having the ability to grow back after damage from being burned or rubbed raw. In this way, they mirror our ability to pick ourselves back up after the trials that come our way. Amazingly, our fingerprints last longer than our lives. This too can turn our hearts to remembering that our Creator’s love surpasses all limits of time. No matter what we do, it is consistent and  lasting. He will never disappear or leave us.  He is with us in every season of motherhood and of life.

Because we are created by Him, we have His “fingerprints” upon our lives too. Every person enjoying a hobby where they create - writing, sewing, painting, programming, cooking, singing, for instance - has a signature or uniqueness that marks their work, often a signature, style or mark placed upon it with a meaning. We imitate our Creator in this. His image and likeness is imprinted upon us so that we can know Him, love Him and out of this overflow, love others.  It is an invitation for us to be the hands of God. We have the opportunity to touch people with His love. He places people in your path that need His touch and who need to experience it in a way only you can give them.  

 

We were all made for a purpose, a reason, a time.  You touch lives in a way only you can, and as a mother this can feel heavy some days. How we choose to live our life throughout each moment of our day leaves marks which over time. Embracing who we were created and designed to be, allowing it to shape us, leaning into God with the help of the Holy Spirit and Word as He reveals His purposes in and through us is what will leave a lasting, beautiful legacy like fingerprints on glass but instead they remain on the hearts and lives of those we’ve touched.  

FAQ'S

Is there a fee to join Minis & Me?

Yes! There is a registration fee to join. The fee for this VIRTUAL experience is only $20 again this semester. 

 

We want all moms to be able join Minis and Me so if the registration fee is a problem, please contact Pastor Joe Burchill by calling the church at 717.397.1121 to inquire about a scholarship.

 

What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers a variety of benefits including:

  • Speaker Gifts
  • Monthly Mom & Minis Bags