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100 Attend Pennsylvania Conference’s Princess Tea
Story by Pennsylvania Conference Staff
Pastor Mike McCabe spends time with some of the children who attend the Sabbath afternoon Oakbrook Project.
More than 100 girls, their moms and grandmothers recently attended the second Pennsylvania Conference Princess Tea at the Hamburg (Pa.) church. The fireside room was transformed into a princess party complete with castles, pink and purple balloons and tiny “carriage” treat boxes. The princesses moved about the room during the “Princess Ball”, enjoying seven different stops—each one featuring a story that told a bit about what it meant to be a princess and an activity to go along with the story. They decorated tiaras and took pictures against a castle backdrop. They also learned that God’s princesses tell other girls that they, too, are God’s princesses. They learned to share this news by decorating two cookies—one for themselves to eat and one to share with a friend.
Over the weekend, the little girls giggled and created crowns; sat attentively listening to stories of Gigi, God’s Little Princess; played with Hula Hoops and learned that princesses do wear hiking boots. They also enjoyed an afternoon tea complete with butterfly-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Dominic Long and his daughter, Michelle, took joy in feeding the hungry princesses.
Before the day was over, princesses were talking about next year. “Thank you so much for planning this event!” shared one mom. “My daughter is already talking about coming back next year!” It was a sentiment heard numerous times as people said goodbye.
“I’m surprised at the response to our tea party!” says Tamyra Horst, the conference’s Women’s Ministries director who organized the event for girls under 12. “We have moms and grand moms driving several hours to bring their ‘princesses’ just for the afternoon.”
“We’ve had women’s retreats in our conference for more than 20 years. Then we began offering teen conferences,” she said. “I realized that we had nothing for little girls. My desire is to minister to girls from the time they are little through their adult years, helping them to grow closer to God and realize who they are in Him. The world works hard to teach women, beginning in their teen years and younger, that they are not enough and don’t measure up. I want them to know that in God’s eyes, they are exactly who He created them to be.”
Kathy Cates reads the story, “Do Princesses Really have Best Friends?” to attentive princesses.
Two little princesses work on the princess poster—drawing pictures of the unique princesses they are.