It’s a dream come true. No kids for a whole week in either the mornings or the afternoons, or perhaps even all day. PLUS, it’s not your home church, so the likelihood of being asked to help is zero. For a haggard mom, does it get any better than this?
Well, before you get too excited, The Grinch That Stole Your Week Off would like to interject a little guilt:
- If you sense the church is a bit understaffed, you might want to ask if they need any help; especially if you have the requisite police clearances or certifications. Maybe not exactly what you had in mind, but…
- VBS is a pricey ministry option, even by Children’s ministry standards. Sometime during the week, drop by the church’s office and make a donation to show your appreciation.
- Be on the lookout for a mom who is, like you, appears to be not from the host church, and offer to buy her a coffee. Or maybe a mom who is just going through a rough day and could use a sounding board.
Failing the first and third option, relax and take a deep breath, especially if an avalanche of kids is coming to your church next week.