Dear Children’s Ministry Volunteer:

Can you believe it’s almost that time again? Promotion Sunday!

Dear Children's Ministry Volunteer

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And that means it’s time to commit to another year of service, if you haven’t already.

But maybe you’re thinking about sitting this year out. Maybe you’re thinking it’s time to do something else. If you’re tired, need a break, or you just aren’t into it anymore, you should do that.

Trust me. It’s okay to take a break.

That job you think no one else will do…someone will do it. In fact, someone might be waiting for their chance, but for now, the position isn’t open.

Besides, kids deserve the best you, and you can’t give them your best if you don’t truly want to be there.

But if you’re thinking about stepping away because you feel like you aren’t making a difference or your work isn’t important…please don’t.

Because you are.

Because it it.

I know it doesn’t always feel that way…especially on the days when you have to pry each child away from their parent just to get them through the door. I mean, their actions are saying “I want to be anywhere but with you!”

Not the warm and fuzzy feeling you were expecting, huh?

And it’s not the ideal start to the craft you had planned either. It’ll be hard for little Johnny to glue cotton balls on that sheep cutout while he’s kicking and screaming on the floor.

Once you get passed that, though, the good stuff starts. The stuff that you were hoping for when you signed up in the first place…the stuff that makes a difference.

For starters, you’re giving parents a chance to recharge their batteries. While you’re serving Cheerios, the parents are in Bible study and big church…worshiping…learning…hearing a sermon that speaks directly to something they’re going through. Don’t overlook the importance of that hour for parents. For some, it’s the only hour they get without the kids all week.

If that were the only impact, the importance of you’re job would be tremendous. But that’s not all.

You’re making a huge difference in the lives of every child in your classroom too.

I know because I’m one of those kids. The faith I have today was built on Sunday School, Training Union, and VBS…crafts, skits, and sing-a-longs.

My faith was shaped by countless volunteers who wanted me to know that God loves me. And even when I let things get out of whack, that foundation remains.

The simplest, yet most profound thing I know about God…that He loves me no matter what…I learned as a kid. And now I’m able to share that with my children.

I’m teaching my kids songs I learned in church 30 years ago…songs that were taught to me by a children’s ministry volunteer.

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!

Some day your students could be teaching their own kids something that started with you.

That’s pretty cool.

So take a break if you need to, but don’t underestimate the importance of what you do.

Stephen

P.S. Thank you to all the volunteers who’ve spent time teaching my children.

And thank you to all those who taught me so many valuable lessons long ago.

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