Last Sunday I was extremely excited to be in the classroom with ten incredible kids. Jason and I were discussing the amazing strong and intelligent kids we are blessed with at FCC and there is no question that we have future leaders for Christ in our midst.

For those who don’t know, I have been working in church children’s ministry since my teens and have been a Children’s Ministry Director on and off since my twenties. If you are attempting to do the math, please spare yourself and believe me when I say, my experience in Children’s ministry has been over the span of many many years. I have had the opportunity to work in churches with just a few kids and volunteers to churches with hundreds of children and volunteers.

In every church I have worked with over the years, big or small, there have often been the same gifts and challenges. Let’s me start by saying…children are a gift (Psalm 127 3-5), but just like any great gift worth its salt, children are also a lot of work and responsibility. Children tire us out with their unbridled energy and questions, and in a world where we already feel overworked and overwhelmed, engaging a group of kids with the message of Christ on their level on Sunday morning can feel exhausting. It can feel as if it is stealing away our “rest time”, so we tell ourselves “I will let those gifted for children’s ministry do the work” and we end up with very few workers.

This my friends is the challenge of every church across America. There is African proverb that says, it takes a village to raise a child and we at FCC need to keep in mind that we are a village.

I am honored that the board welcomed me to come in and be the Children’s Ministry Director at FCC, but I can promise you that I can’t do it alone.  So with my new role I am going to place our precious gift back in your hands. I promise to provide tools, supplies and ideas to this ministry, but I’m asking you, my village, to supply me with your hands and hearts to show our children the compelling message of love our Father wants us to teach (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

And there are many ways to help, big and small! You can provide snacks, tell stories, lead games and crafts, or help administratively. If you are willing and able, please contact me directly at jenell@fccoceanside.org.

God Bless,

Jenell Coker, Children’s Director