What Do Parents Get from Serving in Our Kids’ Programs?
Often, we think about serving as giving. And it is. Serving requires time. It requires commitment. It requires sacrifice. And I am so thankful for how much our parents and volunteers give of themselves to serve in our kids’ programs. But did you know our events are not only designed to help kids, but also to help parents? When you serve, you are giving, but you are also receiving. Let me explain.
Whenever you serve, you get:
Training in Applicable, Real-Life Discipleship. We do not do any activities in our regularly-scheduled kids’ events that are not transferable to the home. We teach the Bible with specific books and videos that are all usable and freely available at home. We help preschoolers sing by using songs with motions that are available at home. We emphasize “purposeful play” rather than complex activities so that parents can easily do the same things at home. And the list could go one. But the main point here is that every time a person serves with the church’s kids, they are training to disciple their own kids.
Exposure to a Wonderful Team. When you serve with other parents, leaders, and students, you can see what they do. I have learned a ton from seeing how other experienced disciple-makers have taught truth to kids. I have learned about ways to build relationships, resolve conflicts, and notice important details. How did this happen? Because I was in the room with a talented, committed team. And whenever you serve, you can learn from the team too.
Encouragement in a Challenging Season. Parenting can be hard. But when you serve, you can see that you are not alone in the hard stuff. We are part of a church that is filled with people in this season and people who have successfully navigated this season for the glory of God. When I serve, I am reminded that parenting is hard… and good. Discipling my kids is challenging… and worth it. I see those things in the actions, attitudes, and words of those serving in the kids’ programs.
These are not the only things that parents get when they serve, but they are some of the most important… and most consistent. So serving is giving, but can also be a gift to you. Want to join the Sunday morning team? Fill out this form. Want to serve on Wednesday nights starting in the Fall? Email Kelly at email@example.com. You will be giving a gift to the church. And you will be receiving the gift of the church. Don’t miss it. Jump in!
And don’t forget that 5/28 is Promotion Sunday.
Parent Partnership: Sunday (5/28/23)
Why does Sandhurst share our lessons, videos, songs, and questions with parents? For action. Parents are the primary disciplers of their children, so we want to put you in the best position to do that. Take the tools we share and use them at home, in the car, at bedtime, and around meals. Read the stories. Sing the songs. Ask questions. Have discussion. Pray. Do it before Sunday. Do it after Sunday. Do it all the time (Deut 6:5-9). Since this is a partnership, we use shareable resources that we want you to use at home: RightNowMedia (free) for teaching, The Bible App for Kids (free), Planning Center Services (free), and The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible.
Here’s what we’ll teach on Sunday. We’re excited that you will teach it and bring it to life at home!
Preschoolers will continue moving through the The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible. We are looking at Story 21: David and Jonathan Are Friends. And we’ll sing John 3:16.
Family Prayer Prompt: Lord, you are the best friend we'll ever have. Thank you for taking care of us. You hear our prayers. You work for our good. Help us to trust in you. And help us to show your love and kindness to everyone around us. We love and we want everyone to know!