A Special Carols for Christmas

December 6, 2019
By Stephanie Watts, Mt. Bethel UMC Called to Care Foster Parent and Ministry Advocate

As a long time Mt. Bethel member, I have been blessed to attend many Carols for Christmas performances. It is an event I have always wanted to encourage our Called to Care foster families to attend to kick off the Christmas season. At the same time, I know as a foster mother how potentially difficult this event could be for our children in care. Children in foster care have experienced trauma which often results in shorter attention spans, inability to sit still, and tantrums. How could our children and foster families enjoy an event like this without feeling the pressure to “be on their best behavior”?

You can imagine my excitement when Dr. John Freeland invited us to a special mission night where the Called to Care foster families could eat dinner and watch Carols for Christmas together! When I told our families that they did not need to worry about their children’s behavior and that they would have dinner prepared for them, they were so excited about this great gift! They made plans to attend despite busy work days and late bedtimes.

As our families arrived to dinner that evening, our loving church family greeted them in the doorway. They invited our families to eat with them, held their babies, and played with their kids. We then headed to a magical evening of music together. Although we all knew that the pressure was off of our children and ourselves, our children laughed, sang, and sat in awe of the performance!