Some of the best people I have ever met work with kids. The people that work with kids at church are some of our biggest unsung heroes, so I just want to take a few minutes to thank them.

Thanks, men. In a time when Kids’ Ministry is seen as something that only women do, you provide a positive male role model for our kids that may not have one.

Thanks, women. In the time we spend trying to recruit men, sometimes we leave out the fact that we have many great female role models for the kids to look up to as well.

Thanks, moms , dads, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. The last thing you want to do on a Sunday morning or a Wednesday night is wipe another nose, change another diaper, or explain to one more kid why they’ll break their arm if they don’t keep all four of their chair legs on the floor. But you  come anyway.

Thanks, teachers. Normally, you get paid to do what you are trained to do. You allow us to take advantage of your training and your passion for free.

None of us want to go do something so similar to our normal jobs on our nights and weekends, but you are willing to do that.

Thanks, non-teachers. From stay-at-home moms and dads to men and women with jobs outside of the home, you work hard all week. Sometimes, all you want to do is have a relaxing Sunday morning or turn in early on Wednesday night. Instead, you are willing to come work with us to teach kids about Christ.

Thanks, students. We see you choosing not to hang out with your friends on Wednesday night. We see you choosing to help with kids on Sunday morning. You are truly the next generation, and we are excited to see what you can do.

Thanks, type-A and type-B personalities. Type-A’s, we see how much you compromise to make sure that the kids have flowing, fun, creative time. Type-B’s, we see how much you compromise to make sure that our flowing, fun, creative time is also structured.

Thanks, introverts and extroverts. Extroverts, it can be hard to focus on just your group. You want to work with everyone, but we see you compromising to pour more into just your group. Introverts, it can be tough just to work with one or two kids, but we see you sacrificing to make sure your entire group gets cared for.

What makes you come back? I believe it’s your passion. It’s your drive. It’s your love for Christ and your desire to teach kids that same love. It’s the relationships. It’s the kids that you connect with that you miss when they’re not around. It’s the other leaders. No one knows exactly what a kids’ worker goes through until they’ve done it. Whatever it is that keeps you coming back, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

You truly embody the sense of Proverbs 22:6: “Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.”

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