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Crossings KIDS

Amy Snow

Train Up a Child

By | Crossings KIDS, Stories, Volunteer

Amy Snow

Learning and Leading

Many of us choose a motto to guide us in living our lives. Crossings volunteer, Amy Snow, is no exception. She and her husband made a commitment to follow Proverbs 22:6 in raising their son. Amy realizes that one important way to show her son the way he should go is through setting an example of service to the Lord.

Amy is no stranger to the importance of service. She grew up attending a small church where her mom was involved in service with multiple ministries. On Easter Sunday of 1997, she and her family decided to attend services at Crossings and never left. Amy went to college and continued to attend church at Crossings after she graduated. Amy then experienced two significant events in her life. She married her husband and together they had a beautiful daughter. Amy’s daughter was born with special needs and did not live past the age of two. While this was an experience Amy could never prepare for, the love and support of the church was integral in her healing.

Getting Connected

After her second child Davis was born, Amy felt led and ready to look for a place to volunteer. She began watching the church bulletin to see how she could get connected and saw an opportunity to help in the special needs class for children. She didn’t act on it the first time she saw it, but the second sighting prompted her to volunteer. “It’s a big step to hear a calling and actually act on it, trusting God to lead.” Five years later, Amy continues in her commitment to this ministry and says, “I can’t imagine not doing this!”

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6

For Amy, working with this group of children is a new experience every Sunday. One moment she can be rescuing kids out of the ball pit or, a short time later, be talking to them about Jesus and how much He loves them. The team she works with has become her community group. Their common goal of seeking Christ while ministering to these children strengthens their bond of commitment to His calling. In Amy’s words, “We are helping the kids get love, and their cup filled with God’s Word.”

Showing Jesus’ Love

When asked why she has stayed committed to this ministry for so long, Amy offered several reasons. Initially, being involved in this ministry helped her deal with the loss she was feeling. Taking care of her daughter had been such a large part of her life, and this somewhat helped fill that hole. Eventually, her focus turned to offering stability to the kids in her class. This stability they experience comes from having a church family who cares for them, prays over them during times of transition in other areas of their life, and continually shows them the love of Jesus.

As a parent of a child with special needs, Amy also realized this ministry provides respite and support to the parents, allowing them to be fed spiritually while their children are in a safe setting. She admits to having moments where she wondered if she should help in her son’s class. Instead, she decided to introduce him to her ministry so he could have the experience of loving others with special needs. This is just one more opportunity for Amy to “train up her child.”

When we follow the path God, the creator and author of our lives, is leading us, He can and will provide an opportunity to honor Him through our service – just as He has done for Amy and the children she ministers to every week.

“Train Up a Child” originally published by volunteer writer, Sheila Urton

Allyson Wolfe and Small Group

This Little Light of Mine

By | 4yrs - 4th grade, Crossings KIDS, Stories, Volunteer, Women

Allyson Wolfe and Small GroupMany know this children’s song by heart from their childhood or from their children serenading them for hours after learning it in church. For Children’s Ministry volunteer, Allyson Wolfe, it has become a theme song for her life with Christ.

Allyson came to Crossings Community Church at the Belle Isle location when she was in 4th grade. Her family began attending the church at the invitation of a friend. They had attended another church but as she puts it, “we were excited to get a free donut but didn’t feel connected.” When they came to Crossings, they immediately felt like they were part of a family. The church and the people in it made such an impact on her that Allyson still recalls her Sunday School teachers by name, memories of playing a snowman in the Christmas program, and many other experiences.

Early on, Allyson knew that she wanted to work with children. This lead her to a career in Education. She moved to Texas with her first job and stayed there for eight years. In an effort to be closer to family, she moved back to Oklahoma. When she returned, she came back to Crossings. Her family was still attending there along with the people that had become her extended family. Going somewhere else did not seem like an option. She was amazed at the growth in the church since she had moved but could not picture going anywhere else. It took some time for her to find her place, but God had already gone before her to prepare a place for her to be involved.

After teaching two years in Oklahoma, circumstances led Allyson to seek a job in another field. This was not an easy decision for her as her heart was in teaching. Through prayer and the Lord’s leading, Allyson accepted a job as a land tech for an oil company. While she was grateful for this opportunity, she found that she missed working with children. She volunteered at the church in other areas but knew she was being called to serve the children of Crossings. After prayer and seeking, God provided the opportunity for her to volunteer as a teacher in the preschool area of the church – a position Allyson will describe as one that “fills her bucket.”

When asked what verse she would choose to describe her time volunteering with children, Allyson chose Mark 5:14-16:

We are the light of the world, glowing in the night for all to see. Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.

Explaining how these verses relate to her volunteering with kids, Allyson stated, “They (preschoolers) let their lights shine bright for all to see. They love Jesus endlessly! They are a light in my life and one of my good deeds for all to see. I praise Him for sending me the light of four year olds.”

Even as Allyson found her place to volunteer, God’s plan for her involvement in Crossings didn’t stop there. While volunteering, she met another young lady that introduced her to a group of like-minded Godly single women. Through small group study, the Centered class, and social gatherings, this group continues to challenge Allyson to dig deeper in God’s Word and reflect on her relationship with Christ every day.

Whether listening to her preschoolers sing about shining their light for Jesus, studying with her small group, or listening to the latest sermon series, at Crossings, Allyson finds the encouragement to shine her light for the Lord as she lives her life for Him.

“This Little Light of Mine” originally published by Sheila Urton, Crossings Volunteer Writing Team

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Going to a Different Level

By | Crossings KIDS, Stories, Volunteer

Kaitlin Slothower Kaitlin Slothower has been attending Crossings for eight years and is a very dedicated Crossings KIDS volunteer. She has been a part of the worship team on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings for the past year.

While working on her second bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from the University of Central Oklahoma and planning on attending medical school in the near future, Kaitlin still finds time to get involved in several different areas of the church. She is in a Centered Group, is involved in Crossings Young Adults, attends a Bible Study, and volunteers in Crossings KIDS.

When asked why it is so important for her and people her age to be involved at church, Kaitlin responds, “It gives a whole different level to church than just going to service.”

She believes the relationships that form are so important. “They provide people to pray with, worship with, and walk through life with us.”

She talks a lot about her Centered and Young Adult groups because the people in those groups are in the same stage of life, and they can share experiences and relate to one another. Her most impactful moment actually happened recently at The Gathering for Young Adults at Crossings. She sat in the front row and heard the voices of over 100 young adults singing behind, and she knew, “The Spirit was moving in the community.”

True transformation is happening at Crossings, and all it takes is getting involved. Church isn’t just about attending service, it’s about getting in a group or volunteering; just being around believers and applying what you learn to share your experiences with the world.

It is inspiring to see a young woman so dedicated to her career and her education make time for volunteering and getting involved in church.

“Going to a Different Level” written by Emily Ousley, Director of Children’s Programming