Stats Show Churches Need Nursery/Toddlers Room Volunteers
On one day alone, my blog stats showed over 12 hits for people trying to understand how to get volunteers for the church nursery. That’s just the tip of the iceberg! Those people were just a drop in the bucket showing a church’s needs for nursery/toddler helpers. Are you hoping for steps 1,2, and 3 to get your volunteers?
Check Out This List of What Not to Do
Let’s start a list of what not to do to get church nursery volunteers:
- Use a crammed space because babies are tiny and can fit in small spaces…they’re just kids after all
- Chaos with no plan for a small teaching (with helpers for that time)
- Leave the nursery a mess of unkempt and broken toy pieces lying all around
- Ignore all safety precautions you put into place at your home like electrical outlet covers and toys to choke on
- Use guilt to pressure people into becoming workers
- Have young children (ages under 12) help that end up playing and not helping
- Don’t put a time limit on length of weeks/months serving in nursery
- Promise 1 time every 6 weeks and then keep begging the worker to come more often
- No planning for a rotation of workers, thereby keeping the same worker in every Sunday
- Have no rules posted for mothers who bring babies with fevers, who changes a baby’s poopy diaper (should be the mother), mothers will get their babies back if it can’t be consoled and parents who need to pick up their child immediately after service (Even the workers want to enjoy other church members before they go home)
Use the Preteens, Teens and Young Adults to Help
It will take the help of a child age 12 (preteen) to be a runner that gets the parent from the service, that helps with a teaching (for toddlers), that helps keep an eye out when your back is turned. If you have someone alone in the nursery/toddler room, you’re inviting chaos and an overwhelmed worker.
Did Your Church Nursery Come Up to Snuff?
I could go on, but you get the idea. Check through the list and see if your church nursery can ‘come up to snuff. It really isn’t fair to the workers to not have the leader of children’s ministries fully back them with well thought out rules for the parents and scheduling. It also is not right to let just a few people watch the babies/toddlers while the other mothers (or fathers) ignore helping.
The Resentful and The Martyrs
Church is a community of believers who come together as a family. Some family members just don’t understand that we all work together. Church is many workers, not just a few workers that carry the load…some like martyrs and others doing so resenting every moment. And the church leader for these positions may not have listened to the thoughts verbalized by the workers in the nursery/toddler area. Maybe they’ve been ‘burned’ before in other churches and don’t trust any leader’s promises anymore.
They Said You Would Work One Time Every Six Weeks and Didn’t Keep Their Word
Is it so bad to volunteer for one Sunday out of six? I know, you’ve said you would volunteer for that but you might end up being the only one that works in the nursery…forever! Could that really happen in a church? Well, yes! When leaders have access to a responsible volunteer, they hate to let them go. They don’t want to be begging for help all the time, barely keeping the nursery doors open due to lack of response. Leaders need more than just themselves to make it all happen for the parents. They won’t be able to do that without the body of believers helping.
Next posting let’s cover how to set up the nursery/toddler areas.