To the volunteer—
This Sunday at Grace is our Promotion Sunday in Kids Ministry, and we look at this time as a new year. No matter the role in Wonder Warehouse, Cross Street, or Revolve . . . every volunteer fights for one mission: to help kids grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Whether setting up lights in Cross Street’s large group, holding a baby in Wonder Warehouse, or connecting with a 5th grade boy in Revolve . . . every volunteer in Kids Ministry is a royal priest called to fight for the hearts of these precious children. This is what the Bible says about you in 1 Peter 2:9–
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.“
This new year my desire is that every Kids Min volunteer remembers that they are a part of a “royal priesthood” helping kids grow in their relationship with Jesus, no matter the volunteer role . . . because all of us fight for the same mission. When you show up to serve you are more than a person on a schedule . . . you are “God’s special possession”. When you set up space for small groups to happen, smile at that parent as you check in their child, or lead a group of 3rd grade girls you are declaring to these precious hearts “the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.“
Don’t worry about being perfect this year . . . pay no mind to your past . . . instead set your gaze upon a God who takes the mess that is you and me . . . makes us precious in His holy sight . . . and then gives us the amazing opportunity to help lead kids to know a Savior that wants the same for them.
This year little Sarah in 3rd grade is going to learn that her beauty and self worth isn’t based on the assessment of this world but instead on the love of Jesus . . . who sees her as a work of art worth dying for. Michael in 5th grade will come to understand that following Jesus means not just saying he’s a believer but instead living out his love for Jesus for the world to see. This year so many parents will come to understand that they don’t have to be perfect to be their child’s most important spiritual leader . . . they’ll learn that even with all of their sins, stains, and shattered dreams they can lean on a God who will never give up on them or their children . . . and together as a family they can grow closer to Jesus.
Don’t ever say you are “just” a volunteer . . . you are so much more than “just” a volunteer . . . you are the movement of God . . . the hands and feet of a Savior.