My name is Ashley Melancon and I am the Preschool Director here at Grace. I have the honor of working alongside Pastor Nichole, leading and serving with an amazing team of volunteers who get to love on the kids here at Grace! These kids are truly amazing! We had such a beautiful Sunday a few weeks ago — Child Dedication Sunday. At Grace, we invite families to do more than just say that they are committing to leading their child to know Jesus and pray as a unified body of the church; we ask them to take the first step and continue to take these steps by actively committing to show their kids who Jesus is. We believe in the importance of speaking a blessing over their life. If you speak future vision over a child’s life it gives them hope and direction. They will want to live up to what you speak over them. We believe God has made each of us unique. In Genesis 48, we see Jacob gives each of his grandsons an individual blessing, unique to them.
We encourage families here at Grace to speak a blessing over their child(ren), it can be difficult to find those words but they are worth speaking!“Then Jacob looked over at the two boys. “Are these your sons?” he asked. “Yes,” Joseph told him, “these are the sons God has given me here in Egypt.” And Jacob said, “Bring them closer to me, so I can bless them.”Genesis 48:8-9 (NLT, emphasis mine)