I have been teaching children's church for over 20 years and I love it now more than ever. I started as a 15 year old who took the few preschoolers out during children's church and taught them an age appropriate lesson. I followed the curriculum to a tee. I was determined.
The first year in college, I taught 2 and 3 year olds. Most of them never spoke a word to me, but I kept singing with them and telling them the stories. Eventually, some of the parents asked me if I sang certain songs with them because they were singing them at home. I was inspired.
The second year in college, I attended a large church, just so that I could learn the tricks of the trade by working in their children's church. I was anticipating.
The third, and fourth years of college, Dick and I taught a children's church for older elementary kids. We also drove the church van and picked up kids for church. We fell in love with those kids. These kids were needy and hungry for the love of God. Our hearts broke because we couldn't do more. I was moved.
After graduation, Dick became a full time children's pastor at a small church. Dick and I experienced some of the most sincere worship with those kids, and had a blast teaching them. I was excited.
Next Dick became a full time youth pastor. We were there for 6 years and had our first two children while we were there. Dick and I worked together to teach children's church. I would usually come up with the lesson and just clue him in as to what his part was. Again, it was a lot of fun. But not every Sunday. Just like every other church, there were many days when it was all I could do just to put one foot forward. Dealing with squirmy kids, who were tired of being in school, who didn't really care how much time I spent preparing the lesson was quite challenging. I really tried to keep the big picture in focus. I was challenged.
Then we moved to the area we live now. We helped out at a few small churches before we started where we are now. We have been here 5 years. Now Dick is the pastor and I lead the children's church. God has given me a love for these kids. About half of them are from the surrounding neighborhood. Their parents don't come to church. They are needy in many ways. I don't feel like I am doing much for them, but I know I love them and I pray that they will know that and also experience God's love. He is helping me to see how valuable, precious, and unique they are. I know God has been and is working a miracle in and through me. I am thrilled.
After over 20 years, I remain determined, inspired, anticipating, moved, excited, challenged and thrilled. To God be the glory!