Tuesday, December 25, 2012

{Merry Christmas}

I hope you all had a wonderful day! Jesus Birthday! What did you think of the snow! I just know all the little ones loved this special White Christmas!
Love, Tonia

See you Sunday!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

{God promises us a special dinner. . .}

Parenting Tip

Make Mealtimes Fun

In many homes, dinnertime is the only time when the family actually gets together. This becomes more pronounced as children get older and schedules become more complicated. It's unfortunate that many parents overemphasize manners or food choices or even use the table talk as a time to go over the offenses of the day or to further discipline children.

All of these things may be necessary or helpful at times but be careful not to develop a negative pattern. We say that more meals are ruined at the dinner table than at the stove. Instead, use mealtimes to share about the day. Talk about things you've learned and ask children to talk about their experiences. Children will learn valuable relationship skills like listening, asking questions, talking, and telling stories. Gentle reminders about listening, not interrupting, or letting someone else speak, can go a long way to teach children how to carry on conversations and enjoy others in the process.

Children learn from stories. As you share ways you're growing or incidents that made an impression on your day, children apply them to their own lives. Laughing and being silly can add to a positive sense of family life. When appropriate, share how you have applied God's Word in practical situations by the way you think or act. This helps children see that spirituality is not just a technique; it’s a lifestyle.

Some children make mealtimes a challenge. Hyperactivity or overly talkative youngsters can make civilized conversations difficult. Sibling conflict issues spill over into what might otherwise be pleasant conversations. Try to gently move things back on track. Redirect conversation and distract children by your enthusiasm and energy.

God promises us a special dinner at the end of this world. It's called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It will be a feast to celebrate our relationship with Christ. You can be sure that that meal will be special time of enjoying relationships.

To learn more about building positive relationships and closeness in family life, read chapters 6 and 8 in the book, Parenting is Heart Work, by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

{How about NO DATE. . .??}

Dear Parents, Caregivers, & Friends of 2nd Street,

Hello! We are very excited to report that we are coming along great preparing 2nd Street for our 2’s, but we have two very important things that will take a bit longer. . . Paint & Check-in Desk!

Our cabinet maker expressed he would be complete on the 15th, but to avoid any more confusion I don't want to announce another “move date” just yet. We will continue to work hard and will announce a date when all the projects are complete.

I apologize for any confusion and appreciate your patience!

If you were scheduled to work 2nd Street in September please disregard at this time. We do have some needs the last Sunday of the month in the nursery. Please volunteer to help if you are able! Thank you!

Tonia Hobbs Director of Nursery & 2nd Street Ministries
Lyndi Bracamontes 2nd Street Coordinator

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

{2nd Street!}

2nd Street for 2's will open Sunday, Sept 9!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

{A Parenting Tip}

Connecting Emotionally

Making a heart connection with a child is a special part of parenting. One reason connecting emotionally is so important is that the heart is a person’s spiritual center; that’s why God chooses to live there. It’s also where parents can impact their kids spiritually. When you connect with your children on an emotional level, they’re more willing to listen to spiritual truth and less resistant to your leadership.

When we ask children to whom they talk when they’re upset, answers vary greatly. Some children talk to their friends, their parents, other family members, youth leaders, or teachers. And some children don’t feel comfortable talking about their problems with anyone.

Most children lack emotional coordination and are awkward about their feelings. It takes a patient parent to work with a child who’s inexperienced in the emotion department. These kids need a parent willing to draw them out and pursue greater understanding.

In 1 Peter 1:22, Peter tells believers how to have closer relationships, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” That’s a helpful command for parents, too. Moms and dads tend to want to keep things moving with the day organized and on track. Parents must continually evaluate their choices and decide what issues are most important in family life.

As you make those tough trade-offs, be careful not to minimize the value of time well spent on relationship with your kids. Connecting emotionally takes time, but the reward of closer family relationships is great.

This parenting tip comes from the book Parenting is Heart Work by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{Our 2 Year OLD Ministry}

I couldnt be more excited about our upcoming promotion of our 2 year olds!  They are going to have an exciting new space to worship and learn in!!  We are working really hard to be ready on AUGUST 5.  I am excited for all of you to meet Lyndi! She will be leading our 2's! She loves the Lord and is so excited to partner with you to teach your little one about Jesus!

Have a great day!

Love, Tonia

Monday, June 25, 2012


Doing Ministry with Kids is FUN!!

JUMP on our team this fall!!


Lead Teacher Nursery C Love these sweet little ones as they grow to trust us just as they will someday trust and know the Lord. (Crawling-Walkers) 9:15 & 10:45

Lead Teacher Nursery F Busy, Busy, Busy! These kiddos are ready to learn and be loved! Minimal planning! All supplies provided! (Young 2’s) 9:15-10:45

Early Preschool

3 Lead Teachers You will serve as a “Team Teacher”. This group of kiddos
enjoy crafts, music, puppets, and action Bible Stories! (2’S/3’S) 9:15 & 10:45

“Music Fun!” Leader Can you sing praises to the Lord? Of course you can! Teach our 2’s to make a joyful noise! 10:45 (15 minute segment)

“Puppet Time” Leader Puppets are already in place. This person will take our puppets on the road to local daycares, churches, or rest homes. A misson opportunity at its finest. This person will also coordinate Sunday morning puppet shows. Way fun! 10:45 (15 minute segment)

“Goldfish Manager” Can you serve up some mean snacks? Food has the power to grab attention when traditional Christian Bible lessons aren't resonating with a child. Come be our Snack time Coordinator, you will plan fun snacks that coordinate with our lessons. Pita Ark, anyone? 10:45 (15 minute segment)

Tonia Hobbs
Director of Nursery Ministries
FBC Greeenwood

Monday, June 18, 2012

{VBS Fun!}

Last week was a great time in our nursery! I was able to keep 
these little ones while Mom was serving at VBS! 
Please remember our opportunities to serve in the
"Early Preschool" starting in August. 
Please call me for more information!
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

{Friends Helping Friends}

Thats what 
Jesus wants us to do! 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

{Please Come and Be Refreshed!}

Moms, I hope you will be able to attend this event! A wonderful dinner will
be served and we will enjoy a fashion show!
Do you need childcare?
Let me know!
Love, Tonia

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

{Come join us!}

Feel God is calling you to serve in our Nursery or Early Preschool?
Check out our volunteer opportunities for ways you can get involved at FBC and impact the lives of our children.

Weekly, Once a Month, or Every Other Week

· Description: Volunteer with our babies, 1’s ,2’s, & Early Preschool
· (Infant Caregivers and Lead Teachers Needed)
· When: 9:15 or 10:45

For more information you may call Tonia Hobbs {479} 719-5488 thobbs@greenwoodfbc.com

Sunday, April 15, 2012

{Parenting Tip}

Privilege Goes With Responsibility

Jesus told a parable about a landowner who returned to find two stewards who had been responsible and one that hadn't been. The landowner said to the responsible stewards, "You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things." Jesus was teaching his disciples that those who are responsible will receive more.

This principle that privilege and responsibility go together is the primary way that parents can discipline their teens. Too often parents give privileges to teens who aren't responsible enough to handle them. Just because a child is fourteen years old doesn't mean that he is mature enough to go to a friend's house without supervision. Don't give privileges based on age, use responsibility as a guide instead.

One mom was asked by her thirteen-year-old daughter, "How old do I have to be before I can babysit?"

Mom was wise enough to respond, "The answer doesn't have to do with age. It has to do with responsibility."

Her daughter continued, "How will you know when I'm responsible enough?"

"I'll see signs of responsibility at home. I can tell if you are responsible by how you take care of your room and what kind of choices you make when I'm not around."

Parents sometimes give privileges to children who aren't responsible enough to handle them. Privileges are things like being home alone, having an email account, carrying a cell phone, going to the mall with friends, or being able to stay up later.

Children want privileges and often pressure their parents to give them. You can use privileges to teach responsibility. "Before I can give you access to the Internet, I have to see that you can take a stand for righteousness, be honest under pressure, and do the right thing when no one is watching." Or, "I'd like to allow you to stay up later but it means that you have to demonstrate a good attitude during the day. I'm not sure we're there yet."

Responsibility can be demonstrated in children in many ways and honor is at the heart of it. Cleaning up after a snack, taking initiative to help clear the table, being honest in a difficult situation, responding to correction without blaming an offense on someone else, and handling disappointment with a good attitude are all ways that children can demonstrate responsibility.

This tip comes from the book Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes In You and Your Kids by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

{Easter Morning}

Just a reminder. . .
Our nursery will meet here on FBC campus on Easter Morning.
Nursery will open at 8:30.
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

{I apologize}

I havent been doing a very good job at keeping the blog updated! I am very sorry! I will get back in the groove soon!

Thank you all!
Love, Tonia

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

{Thank you All!}

 A special Thank You Parents for making
 Jo & Francis
 feel so special on their day!
Isn't this picture great!??

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Just a reminder! Tomorrow is "We love YOU JO & FRANCIS DAY" in the FBC Nursery! Drop in and give them a hug! Have your kiddos make them a special card. . . or let Hallmark do it. . .either way let them know just how special they are!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Well, I hope you all haven't sat outside waiting for your cards for Jo & Francis that I said I would mail a few blog post ago!  BUT after I mailed the Newsletter @ 45 cents each. . . I decided turning around sending cards to everyone on our rolls might not be being a very good steward thing to do. . . SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE JO & FRANCIS A SPECIAL THANK YOU CARD THIS SUNDAY. . . WOULD YOU MIND PICKING ONE UP?  OR BETTER YET HAVE YOUR KIDDOS MAKE THEM EACH ONE!  THEY WOULD ADORE IT!

On another note:
This is a good blog post about Kids & Lying.  Check it out!

Monday, January 30, 2012

{Several Rooms Changes Have Been Made. . .}

Be sure to check those stickers!

Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has Made!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

{A Rainy Day Heart Umbrella! Perfect!}

On Sunday, February 12 we will celebrate Ms Jo & Ms Francis! I would love to honor them for their YEARS of SERVICE!  They love the children in the nursery and have cared for many, many over the years!  I will be sending you a SWEET CARD in the mail for them.  It will be a way you can let them know how much they are loved!!!

For more details. . . watch your mailbox for letter & upcoming newsletter!

Love, Tonia

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

{Numbers 6:24}

The Lord bless you.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

{January Birthdays!!}

We LOVE you sweet babies!
Happy Birthday this month to:
Maggie L. Reading Parties for Birthdays
Robert L.
Isabel G.
Jacob P.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

{2012 Year Verse}

Have you decided yet?