Teaching, Caring, and Loving the Next Generation
by Melody Ackerman
Steve Jobs said “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Working in the Kids Zone I have the pleasure of getting to know over 300 amazing servers ranging from age 10 to 80. It is so amazing to me to see such commitment. I watch as they play with, listen to, and teach children birth to 5th grade. I am constantly challenged as I see the love that they bring week after week.
In the summer when our regular servers take a break, I see over 600 people step in to take their place so they can rest, come to church as a family and enjoy some much-needed time away so they can come back refreshed in the fall. Some of the summer servers have never served in Children’s Ministry but feel led to cover our regular servers at least one Sunday and many of them more. Others serve every summer as a family and are excited to come back and step in for the summer.
Over the years my position has grown to cover many areas of the ministry and I get to know more people and families every Sunday. I am so blessed to be able to see what I see every week. Servers who love the kids they work with and come each Sunday ready to teach them about the love of Jesus using curriculum that always points back to Him. I am sometimes needed to help in a room and it is always a pleasure to see the kids and servers interact. I come away with my heart full and I feel such joy being able to witness that.
One of my biggest delights is to see families who make it a priority to bring their kids to Sunday school every week and some who bring friends or extended family with them. In a time that has so many distractions and things that keep us busy it is hard to keep church at the top of our list. Many times, when our plates get too full the easiest thing to take off is church. I love the quote of Charles Spurgeon “You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child, there may be slumbering, a noble heart which shall stir the Christian Church in years to come.”
Teaching, caring, and loving the next generation. Is there anything better than that? I love what I do!