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    Author: Shelagh Schuberth

    Category: The Pulse - 2017.34 Issue 34

    Create a Legacy by Serving Together

    Jesus taught His disciples by doing things with them. Scripture tells of the importance of training young people to become lifelong disciples and disciplers. 

    Let no one despise you for your youth, but set for the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” - 1Timothy 4:12

    Kids are wired for action; they are looking to participate. Kids learn best by experiencing ‘hands on.’ However, when kids serve with adults, they are also mentored and grow as disciples of Christ.

    Adults serving in Children’s Ministry have the privilege of teaching and modeling Christ not only to the youngest in their ministry setting, but also to the teens serving alongside them. It is an opportunity to pour into the next generation on several levels. We have many enthusiastic young people already volunteering in Children’s Ministry, ministering to younger children in the nursery, in Sunday School, in mid-week clubs, and during special events such as Vacation Bible School.

    I asked a few of our teens what they learned about themselves, as well as the younger kids while serving in Children’s Ministry. Here are a few quotes:

    I have learned that I enjoy little kids. They make me laugh and I get to make them laugh, too. What’s really special though, is to see these young kids grow in their faith. This encourages me in my faith.

    One thing I’ve learned about myself from serving in Children's Ministry is that you need a lot of patience when working with kids. I learned that I have more patience than I thought I did. I also learned how well kids can understand the Bible stories being taught and how much they remember from week to week. Each Sunday our class would sing Bible verse songs to help the kids remember the verses. By the end of the year every child knew the words to every song.

    Younger kids carefully watch and see what you do. Then they copy and learn from that.

    I have learned that even at a young age kids form great relationships. In the two’s room there were two little boys who were inseparable. Whichever boy got to church first would eagerly anticipate the other's arrival. It was a joy to watch their friendship grow.

    How about you? Would you like the opportunity to serve on a Children’s Ministry team, pour into the next generation, and pass on the legacy of serving Christ together? Please contact me for more information about available opportunities this fall.