Why I Volunteer at Kids Club

I recently received from my family a unique item for my birthday.  If you are familiar with the Staples marketing campaign using the “easy” button, imagine that button says the word “No” in about 10 different levels of intensity.   That was my present.  The not-so-subtle (albeit lighthearted) hint that I need to say “No” to more requests of my time and energy and “Yes” to my family.

So, you can imagine how pleased they must have been when I committed to help out with The Crossing’s Kids Club this coming week.  Another “Yes” to something with the obvious caveat being my family will be there as well.  It is actually extremely easy to say no to a host of demands on our time these days as it seems the summer inevitably brings countless opportunities, with only so many hours in the day to accomplish only a few of them.

The obvious question is whether Kids Club makes the cut in your summer?  I can honestly think of many things I would like to be doing after work next week than activities like getting my face painted.  However, I am truly excited to serve for a few reasons I would like to address in this blog.  These reasons are specifically aimed at men as it was painfully obvious from the training session this past week that you women are already holding up to your end of the bargain.

First and foremost, the church as a whole thrives when men engage in servant leadership. “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” 1 Peter 5:2-4.  It is my understanding this verse is likely directed towards pastors, but I think it is reasonable to extend it’s emphasis to leaders in the church body as well.  The obvious goal being that all those engaged in serving the church are doing so with the same attitude from the top down.

Secondly, kids specifically need to observe men other than their fathers who are seeking to live according to the truth of the gospel.  “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11.  This verse speaks to the unique gifts we all have and those that may even be specific to men.  Kids need to see all of the gifts of God fleshed out in His community in full so that they grow understanding all the uniqueness of the body of Christ and how it works together.

My most fond memories of my time growing up in church are those of godly men giving up their time to teach, encourage and disciple me in my faith.  While I cherish the godly influence of my dad, as a kid I almost felt like it was his duty as a father to nurture my faith.  I think I could even appreciate as a young person the reality that those men in my church were giving of themselves by choice.

Lastly, it is certainly true we are more frequently guilty of neglecting serious study of the scriptures, but it is also good to be reminded of the simplicity of the gospel. “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Mark 10:15.  Watching the wonder on a child’s face as they really begin to understand the love of God is probably the most pure emotion we can observe on earth.  This is what people are thinking about when they say that serving at Kids Club gives you more than you give of yourself.

It may be too late for you to serve this year, but I hope you block off the first week of June next year to give it a try.  I am quite sure you will consider it worth the effort.

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