Three faithful KSBC children's workers—Sally Casey, Andrea Ridge, and Andria Sprunger—answered some questions about children's ministry in order to give you a peek into what it's like to serve with the youngsters in our church.
CONNECTIONS: How do you serve with the children’s ministry, and how long have you been involved?
SALLY C: I started serving in the church nursery after becoming a member of KSBC in 1997. Through the years, I have served as a teacher/helper in all the preschool age children's church classes. Recently, I have been teaching in the 4 year olds Sunday School and Children's Church classes as well as serving as a leader in AWANA.
ANDREA R: I teach during Connection Group hour, along with my husband, Scott. I have taught K-1, 3s, and helped teach alongside Mrs. Smelser in the 4th-5th grade classroom. I’m also a leader in AWANA for SPARKS. I have helped in ministering to children since I became a member.
ANDRIA S: I am a teacher in the 3s and 4s Sunday School class. I have been involved in this role for 2 1/2 months.
CONNECTIONS: What made you decide to get plugged into this part of the church?
ANDRIA S: I am passionate about children's ministry. I have two kids in the children's programs at Kossuth, and I want the ministry to be strong for them. Children's ministry is interesting, because it's not glamorous at all, and it requires a lot of energy. However, I am always amazed how God blesses me when I serve—whether it's in VBS, Sunday School, etc. I believe God passionately loves our little ones, and when we respond in obedience to loving on them and ministering to them, He will in turn richly bless us.
SALLY C: I was asked to consider serving in Children's Ministry by Pastoral Intern Jim Koerber. At first, I did not feel comfortable. However, the Lord softened my heart for teaching the children with a passage of scripture, Mark 10:13-14, where Jesus said to his disciples, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." In order to be more like Jesus, I knew that I needed to welcome, love, and pray for the children.
CONNECTIONS: What’s your favorite part of serving with children?
ANDREA R: Children are always so eager. They appreciate the time you spend with them.
ANDRIA S: Being reminded of the basic, Biblical truths—the victories and failures of our forefathers and the victory we have in Jesus. When you have to take Biblical truths to such a simple level, it's good to be reminded of them. Also, we have fun! Kids are fun—they love music, moving, and playing. They're infectious.
CONNECTIONS: How have you seen God use the children’s ministry to build up the KSBC family?
SALLY C: I believe God uses the Scripture memory programs to give the children knowledge of Bible verses that can be applied for the rest of their lives. The Children's Ministry is used by God to allow parents to attend a Connection group and be encouraged in their personal walk with the Lord. These Connection groups provide prayer support and sound biblical teaching to help the adults grow in their Christian faith.
ANDREA R: Through children’s ministry the Word of God is shared. The Word of God builds up individuals and families. Every part of the body of Christ needs fed and ministered to, spiritually. It is a blessing to be a part of building up faith in children and watching God illuminate lives with truth.