Hearts for Service
Though my husband David and I previously attended a loving church on the south side of Oklahoma City, we discovered that as our family grew, our needs changed. Crossings offered us format flexibility, involvement opportunity, and greater availability of services, while at the same time filling our spiritual needs. It took us a few years of attending services at Crossings before we were ready to volunteer on an ongoing basis. We were new parents and were transitioning to only one of us working outside the home, and those adjustments took all we had for a while.
But we have hearts for service and knew we wanted to get more involved when the time was right. One Sunday morning, late last summer, we read about the need for Wednesday evening children’s teachers (and there is still a significant need!), and it seemed like a great place for us to start. When we decided to get involved, several things led us into volunteering with the Children’s Ministry. First, the spiritual development of our son Cole is so very important to us. We want him to grow in the Lord each and every day, and we want to walk and grow with him on that journey.
We fully believe that you receive from church what you put into it. We knew it was time for us to get more involved and give a little, so when we read of the need for Wednesday evening KidZone teachers, we felt it was the place for us.
Volunteering to be a part of that is just the right thing for us to do as a family. Second, we fully believe that you receive from church what you put into it. We knew it was time for us to get more involved and give a little, so when we read of the need for Wednesday evening KidZone teachers, we felt it was the place for us. Volunteering in KidZone has affected us in countless ways. Not only has it given us a new opportunity to study God’s Word with our son using a structured curriculum, we have been blessed immensely by each precious little one in our class.
Additionally, we are building new friendships with parents and other Crossings volunteers, which is really nice. If you ask Cole, he says, “KidZone is great!” We should also add that being involved in KidZone has given us greater insight into Crossings. The Children’s Ministry holds back nothing in providing a rich environment to foster excitement for children to learn about God’s love, Jesus and God’s Word. The curriculum, the planning and organizing, the music, the sensory experience in KidZone, the games, the whole experience … observing all the effort for kids is awesome.
Breaking the Bubble
Being part of KidZone has been such a blessing to us. Sometimes in life we get very comfortable with our routines and our ‘bubbles.’ However, our routine before volunteering didn’t really inspire growth. By being involved with Children’s Ministry, we are stretched—we get outside of our comfort zone and get challenged. We are not trained educators, and honestly, we were a bit nervous about leading a classroom of children (some evenings we still are when it’s a full house!), but if we just love the kids, make it structured and fun, and help them feel God’s love through encouragement, smiles and sincere teaching, it makes our experience—and hopefully the children’s—a wonderful one.
“Serving in the Zone” originally published by Paula Yockel, KidZone volunteer, in the Spring 2014 edition of Crossings Magazine.