With the new year comes New Beginnings, an annual program for the young women at church that rings in the new year with an introduction of the mutual theme, a welcome for the incoming 12-year-old girls and a chance to say farewell to our graduating seniors.
The theme for this year’s New Beginnings was built around this year’s mutual theme:
The night focused on “Walking in the Meekness of Christ” with a fun shoe theme to drive the décor, activities, treats and message of the night.
We arrived at 6:00, (30 minutes early) so that Molly could go over the program for the evening with her leaders. As Laurel Class President she conducted the meeting.
It was odd not having Grace there with us, as every New Beginnings night for the last 7 years has been shared by my two girls, but we enjoyed our special time with just Molly.
We arrived and the gym was all decked out and looking adorable.
A few weeks ago, the girls tie-dyed tennis shoes to be used as the centerpieces for the evening…
Shoes which they then got to take home as a party favor at the end of the night.
Molly made watermelon shoes that were charming!
The night began with a fun mixer activity entitled, “Guess Whose Shoes,” in which guests were asked to try to match the shoes that were brought in by the young women with their pictures on the wall.
Later in the evening the answers were revealed when each young woman presented her shoe and explained why that shoe was reflective of her and her personality.
The program began with Vicky, the current Young Women’s president, sharing a spiritual thought based on the comparison of our walk with Christ and the experience of running a marathon. She showed off her marathon medals and drew powerful analogies to our earthly journey.
She was followed by a comical presentation by Lisa, the Young Women secretary and Linda, our Personal Progress leader, explaining the blessings of the Personal Progress Program.
Then it was time for the introduction of the classes.
First were the Beehives, the 12/13-year-old girls, who were introduced by their teacher, Tori:
Then came my Mia Maids, the 14/15-year-old girls:
And then finally the Laurel Class (16-18-year-old girls) who were introduced by Mary, their class teacher.
Next idem on the agenda was the introduction and welcome of our newest young woman. Ava will be turning 12 in two weeks and will be joining the young women then. She was welcomed into young women with a bouquet of rose buds, signifying the fact that she is at the beginning of her journey in young women…a closed bud just beginning to blossom in the gospel.
Then we said farewell to Taylor, our only graduating senior. She, too, was given a bouquet of flowers but her yellow roses were fully opened, signifying that her time in Young Women’s is ending. She has blossomed over the last seven years and has grown into a beautiful young adult who is ready for the exciting next stage of her life.
After a beautiful musical number by the young women we heard from our bishop and ended the evening with a dessert of high heel shoe cupcakes, baked and decorated by the talented Teresa Wright.
It was a lovely night and a poignant reminder of the peace we can find in Christ when we walk in the meekness of His Spirit.