As soon as a family at McKendree UMC shares that they are expecting a new baby, they are given a card to fill out for the "Great Expectations" bulletin board.
Information on the card includes: parents names, sibilings names, baby's sex, due date, and possible names.
Once the baby is born, the nursery council coordinates meal delivery for the famiy and delivers the baby a blanket that has been prayed over. They update the bulletin board with birthday and baby stats.
Finally, the nursery sends a letter welcoming the new baby with details on baptism and the nursery program. They include a diaper bay tag in the card, too.
What a great idea!