CHILDREN’S GROUPS: AN OVERVIEW
22.05.16 | ANDREW BUNT
At King’s we serve around 70 children every Sunday morning and a further 100 pre-schoolers at Tuesday Totz every week during school term time. There are so many good reasons to come and join us in one of our children’s group teams, but here are the top three.
1. You get to play a part in raising up the next generation.
Our children’s groups are hugely significant. They’re not just a babysitting serving to allow parents to listen to the preach undisturbed or something for parents and toddlers to do on a Tuesday morning, they’re an opportunity to share the good news about Jesus and lay vital foundations in the lives of over 100 children every week.
Our children are the future community group leaders, preachers, evangelists, elders, teachers, nurses, doctors, politicians, business people, bus drivers, shop assistants, carers for Hastings and beyond. They will be the ones building the Church and taking the Kingdom of God out into the world in the decades to come.
Three or four hours of our time once or twice a month could bear fruit that changes the lives of individuals, families and communities and which will last for eternity! It you ever feel you’re lacking purpose in life – come and invest in our children; every moment is purposeful!
2. You get to grow in the gifts God has given you and you get to try out new things.
Running our children’s groups requires a big team with lots of different roles. Whatever God has gifted you to be good at and whatever you enjoy doing, there will be a role on the team which will work for you.
We need people who love to stand in front of big groups of children and people who prefer to work with an individual or a small group. We need people who love worshipping and helping others to worship, alongside people who are good with technology and can work PA and AV equipment. We need people who love telling stories and people who love to explain things. We need people who love to have lots of fun and play games, as well as people who can support an individual child who finds it difficult to take part.
Whatever gifts God has given you, they’ll be a role for you in our children’s groups.
3. You get to have a lot of fun!
We have a three-part mission in our children’s group and the final part – which we take very seriously! – is to have fun. Ask any of our children’s group volunteers and they’ll tell you that every week we have loads of fun.
Serving in our children’s groups can be a great way of having a few hours in the week where you can switch off, let your hair down and become like a child again. Some might be working that this means you’ll be forced to dance in front of a room of people or that you’ll get covered in shaving foam, but you’ll never be forced to do anything you don’t want to do. We work as a team with different roles so we can find what you enjoy doing and help you do it to the best of your abilities.
How can I get involved?
Sound like a great opportunity? Why not come and join us for one or two Sunday mornings and month or at Tuesday Totz. Let us know you’re interested and we’ll get in touch with everything you need to know. You can register your interest online by clicking here.
Posted by Andrew Bunt
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