My name is Lisa Molite and I am married to an absolutely awesome guy named John. We have two beautiful daughters (Gabby and Taylor) and a chocolate lab named Bella. I am the director of Discovery Island, our elementary environment at Community Christian Church (CCC) in White Marsh, MD. We use 252 Basics curriculum and I personally love all things Orange!
My job at CCC encompasses several things. I lead a team of about 40 people including coaches, small group leaders, resource team members, large group hosts, worship leaders, techies and storytellers. I produce the large group each week and I get to be the storyteller or host on various Sundays. I also get the incredible opportunity to be the storyteller in our KidStuf Family Experiences. I love every aspect of this job, but my favorite thing about it (aside from the obvious answer of helping kids follow Jesus) is creating environments.
If you’ve worked in Children’s Ministry in any capacity, you may be able to relate to the feeling that “Sunday’s always coming!” This phrase is a great depiction of what happens when you work in a church context where Sunday is a big day. When Sunday is the priority, other things can get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list as you prepare for Sunday each and every week!
My desire is to help churches (specifically, but not limited to, those who use 252 Basics curriculum) make that “Sunday’s always coming” feeling a little less intimidating. The purpose of this blog is to share ideas, shortcuts, creativity and just plain fun stuff that will help churches create irresistible environments for elementary-aged kids each week. The primary focus is the creation of the physical environment, but we’ll delve into every topic related to creating irresistible environments.
I love decorating, attention to detail, and using my imagination in creating environments. Since 252 Basics uses a different theme each month to help teach the various virtues, it gives me the chance to be creative as we change our stage design and room decor each month. I have a few key people (including Nick Blevins and Jennifer Blevins) that help me brainstorm ideas each month about how we can create a stage that looks fun and engaging. Putting these ideas together is truly my favorite aspect of my role, hence, the birth of this blog! CCC’s Children & Student Team Leader, Nick Blevins, encouraged me to start this blog as a way to share what we do each month for our set designs, in the hopes of serving other churches who are creating sets and trying to come up with resourceful ways to promote the monthly virtue/theme.
We hardly think we have all the answers, we just want to share what we’re up to in the hopes of encouraging other children’s ministry folks out there, as we all work hard to get our environments ready for Sunday each week!
The second part of this blog is my desire to hear and see what you all are up to. I want this blog to be a place for churches to share what they are doing, so we can all learn and glean inspiration from one another. I hope you will join the conversations and send your photos our way so we can get a network of creativity, fun, and imagination going.