I am still thinking through all of the processes that go on into “The City” (my churches children’s ministry). I was asked to take on the task of overseeing “The City Crew”. This will be a team of 4th and 5th graders who volunteer to help within the Children’s Ministry at our church.
Yesterday all of my children were helping out in some capacity. Jacqueline was with the 2 and 3 year olds (I don’t recall the name of their area). But the other four (Valerie, Alexa, Lucas, and Walker) were helping out in The City as greeters. I am loving the enthusiasm of my own kids right now as they get involved in the ministry.
I had one of those priceless moments yesterday and I don’t want to let it get away from me. Walker is standing out there greeting. (He is a kindergartener that looks more like a 2nd grader). His wording for greeting goes something like this: “Good morning, hey, how are you?” It’s all one big statement that runs together. I told him he didn’t have to say all of that… Just say, “Good morning and welcome to Oakleaf.” He started working on it. So, the next family to walk up came and went. He said, “Hey!” And there was no response back to him from those he just greeted. They were still close enough to hear what he said next, “I’ve got to get better at this!”
The next family walks up and he states, “Good morning!” Everyone smiled back and said, “Good morning!” His first words out of his mouth were, “See, I can do it. I’m already better.”
It thrills my heart to see him work at something like this. It’s a thrill to see him want to get better. It’s amazing that after the next try he already felt like a success! I’ve wondererd about how as adults sometimes we get so timid and afraid to venture out and do new things. We may try something once and think, “This is not for me.” When maybe our response needs to be, “I’ve got to get better at this.”
I’m real proud of the leadership I see in The City. My hat is off to Michelle who has pulled off a great team of people to serve each week. I’m amazed at the talent of those I have watched these past couple of weeks. I’m blessed just to watch God’s gifts at work as they each communicate to reach these children!