A Defining Moment

Wendy Douglas —  July 7, 2010

Serving in Children’s Ministry provides us with many memorable moments.  A defining moment is different though. It might be the reason you volunteered the first time or it may be how you knew that you were exactly where God called you to be.  For me it happened the first time I shared the message of salvation in Summit Kidz. After the lesson, we all made salvation bracelets to wear home. One of the little girls asked me to tie hers on her wrist. As I was doing this, she began to sing “Arise My Love.”  I managed to tie the bracelet through my tears and knew at that moment that I was given a gift. I began serving in Summit Kidz due to a need and after this defining moment continued to serve as my opportunity to touch the lives of kids by sharing the love of Jesus.  What was your defining moment?

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.

4 responses to A Defining Moment

  1. Great article Wendy! It prompted me to think about my defining moment. Like you, my volunteering started to fill a need. I worked in the two year old room at my old church. It was supposed to be once a month, but quickly turned into every other week and oftentimes every week for long stretches of time. I remember though the time when the two year olds began to recognize me each week and went form clinging to their parents to wanting to come into our room. There wasn’t a whole lot of deep theological conversations going on in that room, but God worked through that to show me how I could impact kids for his kingdom. I think that was my first defining moment. The second was when we changed churches. It’s a long story, but for the first couple of years in my new church, I slipped back in to the role of spectator. After a couple of years, there was a need for somebody “from time to time” in the 3-4 year old room for the Wednesday night program. I had missed working with kids, so I jumped in. It was once I got back into it that I realized just how much I had missed and just how much God uses working with kids in my own spiritual journey. I haven’t looked back since that time. I know where God wants me, and I always tell people that I would have done whatever he wanted, but I’m glad he picked this!

  2. I can’t identify a single moment, but rather an ongoing series of confirmational signs. I too started working in kidmin to fill a hole. Some time after I start I began to notice that kids the were completely unplugged in the beginning were now paying attention and even inviting their friends. Then there were the kids that were attending the main worship service started attending kids church. These were the things that confirmed for me that I was within the will God.

  3. My defining moment came a couple of years ago. I have worked in kids ministries for 15+ years and have enjoyed teaching and ministering to the kids. I felt a call to be a Children’s Pastor about 5 years ago but never really pursued it. I was in a department store in the check out line when the cashier said that I taught her several years ago and began to tell me the impact I made on her life by ministring to her. The passion for God in her eyes and her love for Him was so evident. She said that she looked forward to my class each week. I knew then that I was right where God wanted me and I have never gotten tired of ministring to kids. I have never gotten burned out. If anything, my passion has grown over the years and I wish there were more hours in the week that I could commit to the ministry. I currently serve as a children’s pastor and love what I do. I also work a full time job outside the church. It’s hard, it’s trying, and it’s not easy, but the rewards are great.

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