My Favorite Superhero is Spider-Man, But I Like Batman, Too

Stories about the children of our church and how they touched the life of one unsuspecting person who entered into their world.

If you are interested in helping with the Children’s Ministry at PCC, you can sign up HERE, under “Children and Youth.”

 

Hi, I’m Ashley, the Sunday Operations Coordinator for Children’s Ministry at PCC. For the past four years, I’ve had the privilege of serving our many kids and enjoying their presence every week. I have a running collection of hilarious quotes and moments I’ve witnessed on Sunday mornings. Here are some of my favorites:

The four year olds are learning about Josiah, the young king who destroyed idols and restored the temple in Jerusalem. The teacher explains that an idol was a statue that people worshiped instead of the one true God. “Are statues alive?,” the teacher asks. A boy answers, “No, it doesn’t talk and it doesn’t have a brain.” Immediately, a girl pipes up proclaiming, “I have a brain!”

The Kindergarten teacher finishes up the Bible story and asks if anyone has any questions about the lesson. “I have a question,” says one boy, raising his hand. The teacher motions for him to continue. He asks, “My favorite superhero is Spider-man, but I like Batman, too.”

A 1st grader walks up to me in the hallway as kids trickle in for worship. “Guess what,” she says. “I can communicate with chickens, except I don’t understand what they’re saying and they don’t understand what I’m saying.”

These are some of the moments that have made Sunday mornings with the Children’s Ministry the highlight of my week.

It’s not all fun and games and laughter, though. Kids cry, volunteers get into car accidents on the way to church, and never does a Sunday go without Gorilla Munch spilled all over the floor. As you teach the lesson, choruses of “This is boring! When is snack?,” may rise up on occasion. Kids can be sweet and funny in one moment, moody and frustrating in the next. They’re struggling and growing, just like you and me.

I’m going to be completely honest with you. When I got hired as Sunday staff for CM back in 2013, I was not in a good place. I was coming out of a terrible depression and recovering from four months of unemployment. I was 23-years-old and had no direction for my life, applying to part time jobs left and right, and this was one of them. I could not predict that Children’s Ministry would become one of the greatest blessings in my walk with God. Falling in love with the children I serve has softened my heart and led me to immeasurable spiritual growth.

Children don’t have resumes. They don’t have portfolios, social status, power, or self-sufficiency. Yet, Jesus said the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Children teach me to care for people, not because of merit or appearances, but because they are inherently valuable.

As a Sunday school teacher, you don’t know where these kids will end up, but you can help build upon the foundation set by Jesus. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Children need the adults of their church family to invest in their lives. And, as you teach and serve these kids, you will find yourself blessed in your own spiritual life. One long-time teacher said that if she doesn’t prepare for the kids’ lesson, she sometimes won’t get around to reading her Bible for that week.

Serving in CM takes commitment and effort. You have to learn the children’s names and faces, learn to speak their language, learn to improvise when a lesson falls flat, and learn how to best care for each individual child. When you work with children, you won’t always know the best way to respond to every situation – but that’s okay. It’s all worth it to share the love of Jesus with these little members of our congregation. And trust me, these kids will teach you so much more about God than you could ever teach them.

I had four years to fall in love with our children. I also witnessed how quickly the number of children grew and how great the need for volunteers became. Knowing all that, if I ever stopped being Sunday staff, I would still volunteer to serve every week. Would I have said the same thing four years ago? Maybe, maybe not. Who knows. I’m just grateful to be a part of it now.

So, come meet the six-year-old who talks to chickens. Come meet the five-year-old whose questions end with periods. Come meet our living, breathing, brain-possessing four-year-olds. Show them Jesus, and they will show Jesus to you.

 

If you are interested in helping with the Children’s Ministry at PCC, you can sign up HERE, under “Children and Youth.”



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