change to fall

New Season, New Opportunity

September 1, 2022
Trisha Smith

It’s that time of year. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Summer will soon be in the rearview mirror.

For me the transition from summer to fall is bittersweet. I love the warmth of the sun on my face, driving with the windows down, eating dinner on the back deck, and the sounds of kids riding bikes down the sidewalk. I enjoy the slower pace that summer seems to encourage.

Every year it’s difficult for me to say goodbye to summer. But I have to admit… there is something exciting about the transition to autumn!

Are you seeking to be part of something new and exciting this fall? A place to invest yourself for the glory of God?

Autumn brings energy. It’s full of new beginnings and new opportunities. For example, the new school year in my family means an opportunity to set new goals (leave the house by 7:00am, make sure all sports practices are on the calendar, and communicate well as the busyness grows). We rally together to make sure we are all on the same page and can work together as a team. It’s fun and refreshing, and although we know we won’t always get it right, we do our best to look forward to this time of transition.

For the Family Ministry staff team at Browncroft, autumn brings a new ministry year that means many of the same things — new goals, new opportunities, and a renewed excitement for what’s to come. And coming off of the last 2.5 years of working through a global pandemic, this fall is filled with even greater anticipation to see what God will do. Our team has rallied together this summer to set goals, to be aligned in mission and vision, and to do our best to be ready for where God is taking us this year.

Closing out the last school year a couple months ago, we knew a big undertaking lay ahead for our Browncroft Kids ministry. Our Sunday kids small groups were no longer small. They were large… and extra-large groups! We celebrated this surge in attendance, but it was easy to see that we had some serious recruiting to do for the fall. We knew that it was finally time to re-open all of the kids rooms that had been closed for the past 2 years, and in order to that we would need to double the size of our Browncroft Kids volunteer team

What an exciting… yet slightly overwhelming realization!

But as we prayed God reminded us that He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. So we moved forward with a sense of peace and complete trust that God has got this.

What a joy and privilege it’s been to see Him move in the hearts of the people at Browncroft. We started off the summer with over 200 Summer Serve spots to fill… God touched hearts and provided! And just a week ago we had more than 15 school-year-long volunteer positions to fill… and already that number is down by half.

I don’t know why I continue to be surprised when God shows up. Of course He does! It’s who He is. He is faithful, He is our helper, and the power of His Holy Spirit is at work within us.

I hope you will please consider joining our Browncroft Kids volunteer team.

We are not at full capacity yet, but we are so close. Are you seeking to be part of something new and exciting this fall? A place to invest yourself for the glory of God? If so, I hope you will please consider joining our Browncroft Kids volunteer team.

Also I want to encourage our entire Browncroft family to be sure to join us on Sunday, September 18, as we celebrate the official start of our new ministry year together. We will have food and fun together after each of our Sunday morning services, and we’ll get to thank God in advance for all He is planning for the year ahead.

We are praying for you and your families as we transition into fall together!

About The Author

Trisha Smith

Trisha Smith is Browncroft’s Senior Director of Family Ministry. She has served in various family ministry roles over the past 17 years. Outside of church she keeps busy cheering on her daughters in their many sporting events.

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