Welcome to the Kidmin1124.com Volunteer Champion of the Week. Thanks to a rush of nominations, we are happy to bring back this weekly feature here on Kidmin1124.com. There are thousands and thousands of volunteers who turn out each weekend and selflessly serve children in churches around the globe. They do not do what they do for recognition or accolades, but at Kidmin1124 we would like to shine a light on some of these volunteers as a way to say “Thank You!” So, each week we recognize one volunteer from the world of kidmin who goes above and beyond in their service to God’s kids. Our hope is that this segment will provide some well deserved recognition to individual volunteers. More importantly though, we have asked these Volunteer Champions to share some of their insights and experiences with us so that we can all learn from their wisdom. This week’s recipients, based on a nomination from Eric Riskus, is (drum roll please):
Here is some background information on Kathi:
1. What is your full name?
Kathleen L. Hand
2. Where do you live (city, state, country)web?
Stevens Point, WI, U.S.A.
3. What church do you attend and serve at (please feel free to include the web address of your church)?
Celebration Church, Stevens Point, WI
4. How long have you been involved in children’s ministry?
I have been working to help minister to children off and on since I was about twenty three (about 30 years).
5. What position(s) do you volunteer at in your children’s ministry?
I currently help Pastor Eric out by watching over the children while he leads worship and some behind the scenes activities like assigning jobs to the children, preparing activities as requested and teaching small groups when needed.
6. Tell us about your family (spouse, kids, etc.)
My husband, Steve, is very supportive of my working with the children, which I am very grateful for. I have two daughters that are now grown and married with children of their own and six grandchildren. My daughters also help with ministering to children. They work helping with the preschoolers while I work with grade school children in our church body. They enjoy it every bit as much as I do.
We also asked Kathi to share some thoughts and wisdom on some selected questions. Here is what she had to say:
1. How have the needs of children changed today compared to when you started?
The children of today need a good base in their Christian faith more than ever. They have many more pressures to contend with than the children did when I first began working with children or so it seems. The pace of our society today is much faster than it used to be.
2. What is the single greatest lesson God has taught you through your volunteering in children’s ministry?
I believe that in working with children, you will learn every bit as much from the children as you teach them.
3. How did volunteering so much affect your own children and family (good and bad)?
I believe volunteering has helped my children to see the beauty in working with children and my grandchildren to see the need to live out your faith.
4. Tell me about a mistake you made while serving in children’s ministry and how it changed you?
I have made many mistakes along the way. I am far from perfect but the children are very forgiving. We do not have to be perfect in every way, just willing to show the love of Christ in action.
5. Can you think of a situation or a child that had a real impact on your own spiritual development?
Many of the children have impacted my own spiritual development. I see some beautiful examples of faith and experience some needs that touch my heart to pray. I believe that the children need to know always that they matter, to us and to God and that God has a wonderful plan for their lives.
6. Please share the “best” way you have ever shared the gospel with a group of children. What age group?
Just be yourself. Do not try to be something you are not. Keep your relationship with God first and trust God to help you find the words and know when the time is right. Sharing the gospel will just come naturally. This is true with any age group.
To Children’s Pastors and Others who would like to nominate a volunteer for Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week:
We need your help! We are looking for additional nominations for future Kidmin1124.com Volunteer Champion of Week recipients to keep this segment going. If you have a volunteer, or know of a volunteer, who really goes above and beyond, please e-mail their name, e-mail address and brief explanation of why you are nominating them (a sentence or so) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your help to make this series a success.
Prior Recipients of the Award:
Prior recipients of the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion the Week Award include: