DO YOUR KIDS LOVE COMING TO CHURCH? Do they love their small group? Do they love playing games and experiencing the amazing Bible stories? We sure hope so! Our family ministry staff wants every kid that steps foot on our campus to be bursting with excitement about what awaits them. The secret ingredient to creating a culture where kids want to be at church are our amazing volunteers. Many of you, who are reading this letter are part of this incredible group. Thank you! If you are not apart of our family ministry volunteer team and have a kid in FirstKids, then this letter is for you. I wanted to take 5 mins of your time to share with you why volunteers are so important and why you should consider joining our team.

Some of you may be thinking, “You’re asking me to be a volunteer?” “My plate is overflowing and church is my break.” I hear you. As parents, all of our plates are full if not overflowing. The last thing many of us want to do is to commit to something else. But volunteering is not about the time investment, it is about the heart investment. Elizabeth Andrew once said, “volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

While we are all stretched for time, there is one area that we should not be cutting back, serving in the local church. It’s our hope that every parent whose kids are impacted by FirstKids will help us disciple more kids by being a volunteer.

– 4 REASONS TO SERVE WHERE YOUR KIDS PLAY –

MODELS JESUS’ HEART: You’re loving those who Jesus loved. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 9:14 ESV). Every week our volunteers have the privilege of partnering with parents by sharing the Gospel with kids on their level.

BECOME A GIVER: Winston Churchill once said, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” God designed us to be givers and servers. We have the most potential for happiness when we are serving others. When we serve we model the nature of Jesus. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve..” (Mark 10L45 NIV).

SETS THE PACE: Chances are, if your kids see that you love serving, they will love serving. We don’t want our kids to grow up simply loving church, we want them to love serving the church. What better way to shape this value than modeling it?

FUN: Last year, we asked our volunteers to pick one word to describe volunteering in FirstKids. The #1 response was “FUN”, followed by “exciting”. Engaging with kids through worship, small groups, bible stories and activities is FUN! There are few things that excite someone more than seeing a kid develop understanding and a relationship in the church.

If you are not currently serving in FirstKids, then I would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider joining our volunteer team. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in FirstKids, please email danielle@fbcjax.net

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