Having a happy, friendly church-based toddler group is fundamental to being a welcoming, family friendly community. 1277 is a cross-denominational national strategy forum in support of faith-based toddler groups, which raises awareness of the value of those precious 1277 days between conception and nursery school. 1277’s vision is to see universal access to excellent, safe, Christian toddler groups which demonstrate God’s love at the heart of our communities.
1277 has announced that The National Month of Prayer for Toddler Group Ministries will take place in June 2018. This annual prayer focus encourages churches to pray for the work of their toddler groups as they reach out to serve the needs of families in the local community. Raising the profile of this vital ministry is important and toddler groups up and down the country look forward to this annual event. The National Month of Prayer will see the groups, the leaders, the children and their families supported in prayer.
This year’s theme is ‘Welcome one – welcome all’ with Luke 19 v1-10 as the keynote Scripture. The story of Zacchaeus is a wonderful example of friendship and hospitality: two key elements to any toddler group. Roy Crowne, Executive Director of HOPE says, “During this month, as we pray for parent and toddler groups, let’s get close to the heart of God for children and their families and enable their spiritual wonder, love and trust to be flourishing. It is such a vital ministry within the church that will transform and effect generations to come.”
During the month, various activities are planned: making friendship trees with all the names of the group members on leaves; play-dough mats involving making Zacchaeus climb up a tree; inviting people to visit the toddler group and share a cup of tea etc. For more ideas and information please go to: www.1277.org.uk
Month of Prayer Poster: http://www.danielsden.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/NMOP-2018-poster-FINAL.pdf