St. Mark Lutheran Church
1934 52nd Street SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
A Picture of Preschool at Saint Mark Lutheran
One day at preschool, as our three year olds played in the “Fish Room,” Joshua headed over to the antique rotary dial phone attached to the wall. He picked up the receiver and called his mom. As he walked around the room he carried on a conversation with mom, chattering on about all sorts of things. Finally he said, “Sorry I missed you mom. I just wanted to tell you what a great day I am having at school.” “See you later!” “Good-bye.”
The previous week at preschool, our Bible theme focused on prayer. The teacher shared how Jesus taught us to pray and expanded on that throughout the week. One day, she escorted the children to different locations in our building. At each stop, we paused and prayed. We prayed in the office, in the hallway, on the stairs, in the media center, in the bathroom, and in the sanctuary. After praying in each space, she reminded the children, “Isn’t it great that we can talk to God anywhere!” Later that same day, one of our moms posted on Facebook that on the ride home from preschool her son, Christopher, shared this thought from his day. “Mom, did you know we can talk to God anywhere?”
Two simple vignettes from preschool, and yet it emphasizes what is most important at Saint Mark Preschool.
As little ones are brought by their parents to Saint Mark, it may be their first school experience, as well as their first extended time away from home in an unfamiliar place. Joshua’s comment about his “great day” at school is a reminder that our first and foremost obligation is to provide a safe and loving environment for children. An environment that is nurturing and happy. A place each child feels welcomed, loved, and wanted. A “great day” every day creates a place where children are open to learning and growing.
Additionally, our goal, our purpose every day, is to share Christ and His love with His children. Our prayer is that each experience impacts our children and their parents with the Gospel. When Christopher shared his prayer experience with mom, it was evident that we are sharing Christ with both child and parent and through Facebook many, many more.
Simple vignettes, yet they share the heart of our ministry.
“Each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:10-11