I volunteered to work with children.
Without tainting my reputation as anti-children, you need to know that I don’t work with them very long. About thirty minutes once a week. I volunteered to lead our Day Camp Chapel services on Wednesdays.
Yup. 9:05ish to 9:35ish. Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. It depends on how the kids behave, on how prepared I am, and how long-winded I get.
Kindergartners through sixth-graders are in Chapel, and keeping everyone engaged is quite difficult. But I am organized, prepared, and ready to go.
Why, you ask, would I volunteer for this ministry?
I volunteered because I knew there was a need for good worship and devotion time with these children. A big percentage of these children do not attend church at all, anywhere. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to love on them and care for them, not to try to persuade them to believe what I believe, or to attend this church, or not even to get them to decide to believe in and follow Jesus.
This is an opportunity for me to love on some kids. To give them a taste of what fun church can be. To practice letting God stretch me an areas where I need stretching.
Yes, I do hope they will come to our church. I do pray that they will understand the love God has for all of us and give their little hearts to Jesus. But I also hope they will know they are loved.
Let’s face it- I love Jesus. I love kids. I love to sing and talk about Jesus.
Day Camp- bring it on!