Welcome to Minis & Me at Lancaster Alliance Church!
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 2021-2022 year, Finding Contentment. We are VERY excited to make our return to in-person meetings this fall! In a season where so many are seeking community and so much has been upended in our society and in our homes and where social media constantly shows us only the best of everything, we are looking forward to exploring the idea of being content in life as God designed us to. Our focus will be on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Full synopsis of our theme can be read below.
Our members come from all different backgrounds, but this phase of life brings similiar needs and a common shared desire - to be the best mothers we can be for the little ones God has given us. We know that He values motherhood and that mothers of preschoolers need a village to hold them up and surround them. Twice a month we gather to visit over breakfast, hear from guest speakers and curated videos, participate in creative activities (crafts), dive into what God's word says about motherhood, and enjoy some "Me Time" while our children have fun in our age-specific "Minis" program.
In addition to bi-weekly meetings, we also coordinate monthly social activities like playdates and "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 past events including things such 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 Facebook group, which is open to registered members.
Link to the main FB Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/186752918036081
Registration is now OPEN! Links to the registration for Mamas and their Minis below.
Minis & Me meets bi-weekly from 9:15am-11:15am in the Theater at Lancaster Alliance Church.
This year's meeting date are as follows:
September 14 & 28
October 12 & 26
November 9 & 23
December 7 (Christmas Brunch & Silent Auction)
January 4 & 18
February 1 & 15
March 1, 15, & 29
April 12 & 26
May 10 (End of Year Brunch)
Is there a fee to join Minis & Me?
Yes! There is a registration fee to join. The fee is $45 per semester - payable in either one upfront payment or two payments, one at the beginning of each semester.
We want all moms to be able join Minis and Me so if the registration fee is a problem, please reach out. You can contact Stephanie Holden or Pastor Joe Burchill by calling the church at 717.397.1121 to inquire about a scholarship. Scholarship requests are kept confidential.
This year there will also be an option at the registration to contribute towards our Creative Activities fund. Throughout the year we curate meaningful craft activities for our Moms to participate in and this new fund will allow us to explore more relevant craft options and purchase better quality supplies. The suggested contribution of $5 is not required an all Moms will be able to participate in the creative activities regardless of whether they were able to contribute or not.
What does the registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers a variety of benefits including:
- Quality child care/teachers for our "Minis"
- Speaker Gifts
- Various supply costs, like decorations, office costs and creative activity supplies.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
At this stage of motherhood, it seems especially hard to find contentment. The lack of rest. The mom guilt. The Instagram and Pinterest moms. In the back of our minds, we know we are supposed to find our contentment in Christ. But with the busyness of mothering small children, we fail to remember that. It's hard to find a moment's peace, much less time to read the Word. It's hard to be happy with our messy roles when we see high school friends traveling the world and looking glamorous. It's hard to not feel guilty when we continually grab pre-packaged snacks while a mom on social media makes and bakes all of her kids' food from scratch, and then writes an entire blog post about it daily. And even when we do get into the Word, that Proverbs 31 woman makes us look bad. But trust me, she really is inspiring when you understand her.
This year, following one of the craziest years (hopefully) of our world's existence, we want to focus on Finding Contentment. We need to understand that we are exactly where God wants us to be right now! We need to learn how to stop comparing our lives full of blessings with literal strangers on the Internet! We need to hear encouragement from moms who've been in our places! We need to hear God's Word spoken into our weary, guilt-ridden, sticky, messy lives.
Submit your registration online and pay by credit card or debit card by clicking HERE.
Submit your registration online and pay by check, click HERE.
Registration closes on August 31.
Questions can be directed to Stephanie Holden by clicking HERE.
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Our group is currently meeting up for Summer Playdates! If you'd like to check out a playdate and get to know some of us before the year starts, we invite you to come join us. Play dates are 9:30am-11:00am unless otherwise noted. For location information, contact Stephanie Holden.
July 28* (10am-Noon)
Visit these links to learn more about what's happening in Women's Ministries this year:
OUTREACH & FELLOWSHIP