God is in the Church Nursery. Babies matter to God. The church nursery is so much more than childcare – it begins with an awareness of the presence of God with little children. It very often is the first impression of the local church.
Where is God on Sunday morning? God is everywhere. We know that God is enthroned in the praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3) When we gather to worship – God is with us.
We know that God is there when we pray. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20) When we pray – God is with us.
We know that God is there when His Word is read, preached, loved and obeyed. The Lord says, “I am watching over my word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12) When the Bible speaks – God is with us.
We know that God is everywhere. “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? Do I not fill heaven and earth?” (Jeremiah 23:24) No matter where we go – God is with us.
Yes, this means that God is even over in the church nursery. “And Jesus took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, ‘Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.’ “(Mark 9:36-37) When you welcome a child in the name of Jesus you welcome Jesus himself. When we minister to children – God is with us.
If you wonder why our nursery staff and “rockers and huggers” are blessed by serving in the church nursery, now you know. It’s because God is there. The nursery is the perfect place to serve each other. Just like you, there are times when other moms or dads are exhausted, sleep-deprived, spit upon, and just need to know that their child is being taken care of by special individuals for one or two hours. Therefore, it gives you the opportunity to feel blessed knowing that you served a deserving parent. Who knows, that might have been you last Sunday.
Often parents feel that they are cut off from the worship service if they are taking a turn volunteering in the nursery. They tend to forget that worship is not just time to get your “Jesus fix”, but a huge portion of worship is “service!” There is not a more rewarding area in which to serve than the church nursery. Please call Billie to sign up to be a rocker and hugger. You are needed. Thank you in advance for volunteering in the nursery. You may contact me at 318-426-1363 (cell), 318-424-7771, ext. 117 (work), or firstname.lastname@example.org