Did you know that St. Paul's doesn't need volunteers?
I read an article that said this the other day. Here's what I learned. And some of this is right from the article.....it was that good.
I often think about the work of the worship team, the children's ministry team, and musicians, not to mention greeters, ushers, bulletin-hander-outers, and coffee makers. I think of the youth group out there hiding eggs for the littler kids. There are so many more people behind-the-scenes who I haven't mentioned. I thought "it really takes a lot of volunteers to make all of this happen".
But the word "Volunteers" isn't the right word. It's like a parent saying that he or she is babysitting for their own child. It's just not the right word. The word for that is "Parenting".
People in the past have been asked to serve, or called to serve. Whatever the job is, it's considered a service. A ministry. Volunteering is something you do at a place that's important to you-- but not something that belongs to you.
That's the important distinction. You cannot "volunteer" at your own church in the same way you cannot babysit for your own child. The church belongs to you in the same way that your family does. It's your place, and it's your own people. So of COURSE you take care of it. Of course you do yard work, and make coffee, and sing in the choir, and teach the kids because that church is home, and that home is yours.
I wonder if any of you have felt this way lately. That St. Paul's is truly home. That's how I feel. SO, I am inviting you to be a part of an important part of the family-- the family that does Children's Ministry. We need people to love and teach and nurture our children.
Right now we have needs with the pre-k and kindergarteners. First graders. Fourth graders. Fifth graders. And sixth graders. Whatever age brings you joy, they need you. And I bet you'll find that they have as much to show you as you have to show them.
Please email me, or call me, if you are interested. You don't have to "know" something specific, or have a Master's in Divinity.
You just have to want to be part of the family.
Kristen Morgan, Director of Children's Ministry[email protected], 412.531.7153 x36