Get to Know Some Amazing Children’s Ministries Volunteers
Children’s Ministries is often regarded as just childcare, but it is so much more than a place for children to play for an hour. In addition to having fun, they are building the foundation of their faith and getting to know who Jesus is, which would not be possible without our incredible children’s volunteers. Our Children’s Ministries has been through so much over the past year. Children’s Ministries now requires even more volunteers to make each weekend happen due to safety regulations
I had the privilege of speaking to several Children’s Ministries volunteers in preparation for this article. Each of them has different backgrounds and has served for different amounts of time. Holly Faries began volunteering with her daughter when she was a sophomore in high school, over fourteen years ago! Holly has served both in the Children’s Ministries and Security. Madeline Anderson started coming to Northland ten years ago and serves on our Cut-Ups’ team, which cuts out shapes and patterns used for crafts and worship services. Gary Beckman has served for over seven years, and Florence King joined our children’s team just over a year ago.
God called each of them to serve in Children’s Ministries in different ways. Holly had felt called to serve at Northland by Pastor Joel and Pastor Vernon being transparent about how much help they needed in Children’s Ministries. It wasn’t until her daughter had a community service requirement for school that she took the leap and started serving. Madeline taught elementary-aged children for forty-five years, so she knew she wanted to serve with children. Gary felt God pushing him to get connected beyond just attending weekend services and loved working with children. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Florence felt blessed to grow up in a Christian family and wanted to shape other children’s faith foundations just as her parents had done for her.
Our children’s volunteers are so passionate about what they do. They love these kids so much and go above and beyond to care for them. Gary loves how much he learns from the children week after week. “The level of depth and biblical knowledge they have always astounds me, plus we have so much fun!” says Gary. “Being able to watch these children explore a deeper relationship with Christ is something that never gets old.” Our volunteers treasure the relationships they have with each other as well. Gary spoke about the life-long friendships he’s made through Children’s Ministries. “I went from someone who was slipping in and out of church unnoticed to someone who was a valued member of the team from the moment I joined Children’s Ministries,” says Gary. Madeline spoke about what a blessing her fellow volunteers were to her when her husband died six years ago. They supported her and continue to pray as a group.
Holly loves having an impact on the children’s faith. “I want them to be able to love God the way I do,” says Holly. She spoke about her three-year-old granddaughter and how much she can learn and retain even at such a young age. “If we have that awesome opportunity and ability to get that message into them when they’re young, then it’s something they grow up with that’s just natural to them,” says Holly.
Florence loves their smiling faces. “I work in a high-stress life (as an attorney) and they remind you of the joy of Christ,” says Florence. “They remind you that no matter what is going on in life, that you can still smile about it. You see God’s love through these kids every day. It reminds you to smile. It’s what I love about kids. It reminds you that you can see God through anything because no matter what is going on in their life, they remember to smile.”
These volunteers were gracious enough to share some of their favorite Children’s Ministries memories, each of which is truly incredible. Holly’s favorite is when kids she had in her class when they were in kindergarten came back to volunteer as teenagers. Gary’s favorite is being able to watch kids deepen their relationship with Christ. He even spoke of kids bringing friends, family, and parents to Christ as well. Florence’s favorite was being able to connect with a difficult child who she knew because he’d gone to school with her daughter. She was able to communicate with him in a way none of the other teachers could. At the end of the year concert, Florence saw him again, and he was so excited he ran over to hug her. Not only do your kids mean so much to these volunteers, but these volunteers mean so much to your kids.
COVID caused a lot of changes within Children’s Ministries. Even though worship services returned to campus in the summer, it wasn’t until the fall when Children’s Ministries could reopen with safety precautions in place. Our volunteers have gone above and beyond to keep your kids safe. The kids have also handled this situation very well. Volunteers rave about how well they follow the rules like wearing masks, washing their hands, and physical distancing.
We would love to have you be a part of bringing the love of Jesus to the children here at Northland. We are looking for teachers, helpers, greeters, safety patrol, and more. No experience necessary! We’ll provide everything you need!
"I wish people knew how rewarding it was not just for the kids but us, and I think more people would do it,” says Holly. “And you don’t have to be a pro! They give you everything you need. If you can read, you can teach Sunday School. Cause I was afraid of it, and I’m an instructor!” Florence loves how Children’s Ministries is a family within a family. What an incredible team we have that loves these kids so much.
If God is calling you to serve in Children’s Ministries, visit NorthlandChurch.net/Children.