You’ve heard us talking about the need for more Kids’ Ministry volunteers, and many people have responded. Thank you to those who have started serving! However, we still have a need for more volunteers. Currently, there are families who are turned away from Watermark Kids each week because there are not enough adults available to serve their children. Because of the shortage, those who do get in have to register online ahead of time, which is not how we prefer to do things. To get “back to normal,” we need enough children’s ministry volunteers so that families can just show up on Sunday and be fully welcomed, whether they are regulars or first-time guests.
If you’ve been on the fence about serving in Watermark Kids (or you haven’t yet really given it much thought), here are 10 reasons why you should give it a shot.
- Invest in your future. Today’s children are the ones who will be leading the church (and our world) when you are old. Selfishly, you should want them to be faithful followers of Jesus who are well-equipped with biblical wisdom. The things they learn now as children will help them throughout the rest of their lives (Proverbs 22:6). We believe that what happens in Kids’ Ministry is more important than the message preached to the adults in the Auditorium, because it will have a much longer impact.
- Serve with the love of your life. Want to spend more time with your spouse and get to experience the joy of doing ministry together as a team? Children’s ministry is one of the few places at Watermark where you can partner with your spouse (or spouse-to-be) and lead as a team. Or, if you are single:
- Meet the love of your life. We’re not promising it’s going to happen. We’re just saying it could happen, it has happened, and we have a good feeling about you and that guy on the stage dressed up as a lobster.
- Make new friends. This one we’re more confident of. All Watermark Kids classrooms and activities are team-led, meaning you’ll get to serve alongside and get to know other volunteers just as awesome as you are. Maybe they’ll end up in your community group. Maybe they’ll be in your wedding, if the above works out. Or maybe you’ll just have another name you can put with a friendly face when you see them on campus.
- You are qualified. Worried that you don’t yet know your Bible well enough to serve in ministry? Well, you’re still smarter than a two-year-old. Children’s ministry is one area where you have a lot of useful knowledge to offer, even if that knowledge is simply how to tie shoelaces properly.
- Learn your Bible. Speaking of knowing your Bible, you might be shocked at how much you can learn by going through the curriculum along with the kids. One of the most consistent things we hear from Kids’ Ministry volunteers is that the adults learn more than the children. No matter how smart you are, it helps to be regularly reminded of core truths in an easy-to-understand way. For example, can you explain the timeline of the Bible? Volunteer with Watermark Kids, and you will.
- Parents need help. If you are a parent, you already know this. Raising little disciples is a lot of work. By volunteering, you can partner with parents in discipling their kids, providing a second voice of truth in the kids’ lives. There may be no bigger gift you can give a parent than helping their children to walk in the truth (3 John 4).
- Get experience with kids. If you don’t yet have kids of your own but hope that you will someday, serving in children’s ministry is a great way to gain experience. You can be a better parent tomorrow by learning how to relate to and disciple other people’s children today.
- Get free stuff. Just as God clothes the lilies of the field, we’ll clothe you—with a free T-shirt. You can save time and stop stressing over what to wear to church each week; in Kids’ Ministry, it’s cool to show up wearing the same shirt as everyone else. It’s also a place you can go where everybody knows your name, because you get a free name tag. Plus, if you find yourself wishing it was lunchtime already when the sermon runs long, Starting Blocks has free snacks!
- It’s fun. In case you didn’t know, kids are fun! Although the sacrifices of serving in adult-centered ministries are totally worth it, you will have more fun serving with kids. And even our “childish” skits are actually written with you in mind, filled with jokes that will often go over the kids’ heads but make all the adults in the room laugh.
And here’s a bonus #11: once we have enough volunteers, we’ll stop asking.
Ready to start serving? Check out the different Kids’ Ministry volunteer opportunities here and click to apply.