Our office, along with the entire Office of Community Formation, has gone through some big changes in the past year. One of the most obvious is the fact that our offices have changed locations. We are no longer found in the student center, but over in McPheeters. (If you are specifically looking for our office, the room number is Mc104. ) Our second big change is our name. No longer are we Family Formation. We are now Formation Ministries, as it more encompasses the work we do. Though we do have a heart for the spouses and the children of this community, we also care for the needs of those in our community who are single, and those without children, and the name change helps reflect more accurately the work we do. Ministry is most definitely where our hearts lie.
Our childcare area also has been transformed this year. We have a new supervisor, Jeannie Bryan, and we are so excited to have her. She comes with years of experience teaching music in a preschool, so we know we will be blessed by her! We also have many new childcare workers, as well as a dozen returning workers, so we are delighted with the depth of experiences and faith that all of these young men and women will bring. We are also now sharing the space with Jessamine Gymnastics, and if you swing by there when childcare isn’t in progress, you may just see a foam pit, parallel bars, mats, balance beams, and the works, all laid out. For those who have utilized the room in the past when childcare hasn’t been in session, you will find that it is now occupied often with gymnastics classes. (For more information about the gymnastics, please visit their website: http://www.jessaminegymnastics.com.)
The feel and the environment of the seminary seems to alter slightly every spring as members of our community move on from this place and move out into their ministry fields. Fall changes things, as the air is electric with the excitement that only comes with the start of school. New students and new families move in, settle in, and ready themselves for what this new adventure may bring. And we are here, ready to do what we can, to help every person feel welcomed and valued.
This week has been New Student Orientation (aka NSO) and it has been a delight to get to meet so many new people and be re-energized by their enthusiasm. We have been blessed to meet many of the spouses during our New Couple’s Orientation, and we are so excited to see how each person will bring a new perspective and energy to what we do. As we continue to adapt our programs to best meet the needs of those who live within the community, we also continue to learn and grow from every person here. You touch our lives, just as much (if not more) than any program or event we offer can touch yours.