If there were a service that hooks volunteers up with church volunteering needs, that service would be busy all the time and overtime! There is one posting on my blog that mentions volunteering for a church nursery and the the keywords that hunt it down through Google is, “getting volunteers for the church nursery“.
The ‘Older Women Should Work in the Nursery Theory’
Some younger women feel the older women should take over this area and watch their children. I understand the feelings about being with your children all week and needing a break from them on Sundays at least. I was the mother of young ones also…once upon a time. (I am living proof that mother’s do see all their children leave the nest just in case you doubted that for yourself).
Checking Out the New Church
I remember going to a new church to see if we belonged there. Our little guy was 2-3 years old. We were shown the nursery which was a tiny, tiny broomcloset room with mattresses covering the floor. The nursery worker was overwhelmed with children and looked at me desperately saying these words, “We expect everyone to volunteer for this position of working in the nursery.”
Okay, so I wasn’t being spiritual when I determined to never come back. Little did I know I’d be a Children’s Ministry Director and lead worker in grades 6-11 one day….lasting for over 20 years!
Converted to Teaching the Children of All Ages
Curious about my conversion to having a working children’s ministry? I was picked because our church needed someone…as simple as that. From there I developed a program to reach the huge grade span of 6-11 and implemented it. The nursery was covering ages birth to 5 and if someone did not show up to serve, if I was not in with ages 6-11, I was in that nursery.
Burn Out? Relief?
Did I burn out? Did anyone come in to relieve me? Was I feeling stuck with children forever? All these questions and more will be answered in my next posting on this blog. Want to come along and gain insights? The best way is to Subscribe by Email on my blog. Then you’ll receive updates outside of regular postings too.
What do you think about volunteering in a church nursery? Love to know what you think…please comment so I can respond!