To my Dear Volunteers:
1. Your ministry flows from your relationship with Jesus.
- Everything you do, from teaching Bible lessons to Summit Seekers, to preparing snacks for toddlers, should flow from your relationship with Jesus. Spending time in the Word, being a part of a small group, and attending Sunday morning church are important for your spiritual walk. If you want to learn more about how to have a growing and vibrant relationship with Jesus, please see me and I will be more than happy to serve you.
2. You are not a babysitter
- I know sometimes it may feel like it, but you are so much more than a Sunday morning babysitter! As a Children’s Ministry volunteer, you are planting seeds of the gospel in the hearts and minds of children with every song you sing, game you play, and snack you give. Every gospel-centered conversation you have with a little one is bursting with opportunity to be used by God in the life of a child. Parents appreciate your service more than you can even imagine. The ability to attend a church service without distraction and with peace of mind that their child is well taken care of is a gift, and they are very thankful.
3. We want you to serve where you will thrive.
- We want you to love volunteering at our church, and especially in Children’s Ministry! No matter your spiritual gift, there is a place for you in Children’s Ministry. No matter your passion or comfort level around kids, there is a place for you here. Wherever you serve, whether with the babies, Upper Elementary, or behind the scenes, we want you to love where you are serving. If you are already serving and think that there might be a better fit for your gifts in Children’s Ministry, please let me know and we can have a conversation about switching your area of service.
4. The kids look forward to seeing you each week.
- The kids in your class talk with their parents about the Gospel lessons you taught them all week long. They look forward to your warm welcome, fun games, spirited songs, and life giving lessons each week. Be encouraged… you are loved! ....by the kids and ME!
5. I want to know what is going on in your life
- If you are in the middle of a hard season, I want to know! I want to pray for you, minister to you, encourage you, and be there for you. If life is going well for you, Praise God! I want to know that too. The Children’s Ministry here is a family, we bear each other’s burdens and rejoice in each other’s joys. We can’t do that, however, if we don’t know what’s going on in your life. Please always feel welcome to send me a prayer request. I know I look busy on Sunday mornings, but drop me an email, and I will connect with you during the week! In the near future, I hope to begin connecting with each and every one of you on a personal basis. Setting up lunch dates, having you and your loved ones over for dinner, or chatting after church on Sunday. Look forward to my call!
6. If you have a question – ask!
- One of the most important aspects of my job is to make sure that you have everything you need to serve in Elevation's Children’s Ministry. If there is something you need to do your job better, please let me know. If you have a question about anything, or if you see something that you don’t understand, please feel comfortable talking with me. I want to be a resource for you as you carry out your ministry at this church. We are going through a lot of change right now and I KNOW that change does not come easily to most of us. Bear with me, let's communicate and eventually this will be simple!
7. What you do is important to the overall vision and mission of the church.
- Your ministry to children in this church is so very important. This church could not fulfill its mission and vision without your sacrificial and loving ministry to children and families. Know that the leadership of this church appreciates your service and so do I. We are always future focused and always serving with the Great Commission in mind- To go, seek & save the lost! We are disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples, and YOU are a disciple making disciples.
8. God sees your acts of service.
- Hebrews 6:10 says, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” God sees your service in Children’s Ministry. He remembers it, and your service here is showing Him love and showing Christ in you to the world around you. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!