Photo Cred: Illinois Baptist State Association
After I joined my local bible-based Christian Church, Granite United, I kept hearing chatter about “serving”. Being new to the church, I was unclear as to what that meant. As I continued attending service each week, the notion of “serving” began to unfold and before I knew what I was doing, I had filled out a “Connection Card” checking off the box for “Kids Ministry”. Wait a second…”Kids Ministry”? What could I, as a new Christian, possibly “teach” these kids about Jesus? They probably know way more about Him than I do. They’ll probably teach me a thing or two. But okay… I committed to doing it…and so it began.
Easter Service…my first time in KM. These little bright and shining faces looking at me like I knew what I was doing (I was as nervous as a tortoise trying to cross Route 93), but I just “went with it”. I mean, these are “just kids” after all, right?
We played some games and did a lesson followed by an Easter Egg hunt. I watched as one of the sweetest little girls on the planet handed over the “golden” Easter Egg that she had found to a boy who happens to be blind. As I watched this transaction transpire, the waterworks came on and I was sobbing like a baby. I had just witnessed a four year old angelic-looking girl gladly, graciously and lovingly give up the coveted golden Easter Egg to a boy who, although he couldn’t see it, knew it was a “big deal”. He squealed in overjoyed delight, jumping up and down with a smile on his face that went from ear-to-ear. I stood there placing my hand on the little girl’s shoulder and bending down to her level, told her how “very proud I was of her for giving him the golden egg and that was such an unselfish thing to do.” Looking up at me with her big, beautiful blue eyes and an ever-present smile, she beamed, “I know!” Being such a little girl, this was, in no way, a self-serving or self-aggrandizing statement. It was “matter of fact”, as if she simply knew that what she had done was a “good” and “kind” thing. :::I was still crying at this point, but reined it in a little so as not to alarm them:::
As we wrapped up the Easter Egg hunt, service had concluded and parents were arriving to pick up their kids. Hugs all around and heartfelt “good-byes” ensued. For those that know me well, know that sometimes I’m overcome by emotion and this day was no exception. I got in my car and as I drove the 15 minutes to get home, my heart was so full of love and happiness over these kids, I continued to cry, barely being able to see where I was going.
So I’m a few rounds into KM and let me share with you how it’s changed me and what I’ve learned. I’ve “taught” a couple of lessons… Noah’s Ark & God’s Rainbow and the Last Supper & Communion. I’ve watched these kids be engaging, kind, selfless and loving. I always used to jokingly say that I could never “run a daycare” because by the end of the day, when the parents would arrive to pick up their kids, they’d either find them hanging from the ceiling fan or duct-taped to the wall, suggesting that I’d never have the patience or wherewithal to “deal” with kids. All joking aside, how wrong I was! I am so thankful to be involved in Kids Ministry and knowing that it’s a committed process to teach children about Jesus in a fun and loving way; without it being too overwhelming for them.
Photo cred: Kids Matter Kids Ministry
Kids Ministry has taught me patience, to be able to see Jesus through the wonder-filled eyes of children. It’s taught me about giving my time, willingly and lovingly, to assist these kids in learning about and coming to know Jesus. After all, I’m a “Baby Christian”, so I’m learning right along with them.
Since kids can sometimes be unpredictable, there have been a few moments where things were going a little “sideways”, but through the loving hand of Jesus Christ, I found myself de-escalating a situation that otherwise may have ended with a ceiling fan or duct tape. (Just kidding!)
In all seriousness, I never, in a million years, would’ve thought that I would be where I am today…completely devoted and ever-faithful in following Christ and serving in Kids Ministry. These kids have impressed upon me their desire and willingness to know the Lord, and by His mercy and grace I will humbly do my best to help them on their journey. I’ll hold their hands and take this walk with them, knowing that if either of us stumble, Jesus will be there to pick us up and help us continue on our way.
If you’re a part of the Granite United family and haven’t yet served in Kids Ministry, I urge you to do so. Not only will you be helping kids learn about Jesus, you will be rewarded in ways you never could’ve imagined!
Matthew 18:2-4 ”And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven’.”
~Let Love Lead The Way~ TP