Children's Ministry - Is it Your Turn?

By Janet Earle, Children's Minister

Posted on June 1, 2017

As most parents will attest, teaching children to wait to take their turn can be a challenge. When our eyes light on something we want, it’s hard to wait to get it. Even as adults, we are happy to have our turn when it comes to the things we want!

I am very thankful for the many people who have ‘taken a turn’ serving in Children’s Ministry. New team members join us regularly, and some leaders have served for many, many years. These volunteers offer themselves in service, and they are the backbone of our Children’s Ministry.

In all service, there is a dynamic of giving and receiving. Serving is a response to God’s call to us. We are called to be a part of a community, to share our gifts with one another, to care for each other, and to lay down our lives in the pattern that Jesus set.

I have no doubt that there is sacrifice in serving in Children’s Ministry. Our leaders set aside the time and get here on the right day. They read the lesson and prepare themselves to teach – no matter how they are feeling at the time. They arrive ready to deal with all the fun and messiness of young children. They patiently answer questions and wipe up sticky messes.

Just after I started in this role, I took the Sunday School teachers (as they were known then) out for lunch at Swiss Chalet. I think there were 7 of us. It has been one of the most encouraging parts of my ministry to watch God build up our team to more than 60 faithful volunteers.

Peter tells us how to follow Jesus as servants: "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:10) We each receive God’s gifts in different ways; clearly some people aren’t well suited for working with children. But let’s not be too quick to mystify the special skills involved. A little patience, a sense of humour, and an ability to look for the simple truths of the Bible go a long way to equipping you for Children’s Ministry.

The team of leaders we have are wonderful. I deeply appreciate all that they do every week. They have their own lives beyond this place, and those lives have seasons. Some of our team may be ready for a rest, and some be entering a challenging stage of life that will make service difficult. We need to love them enough to let them take a break.

The Lord spoke to Isaiah saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”. Isaiah responded, “Here am I. Send me!”. (Isaiah 6:8). If you are hearing a call to serve, we would love to connect. Children’s Ministry offers a variety of service opportunities at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, and on an occasional basis. Contact Janet Earle, Children's Minister, to find out about taking a turn!