7 Reasons to Serve in the Church Nursery

7 Reasons to Serve in the Church Nursery

Too often serving in the church nursery can seem like a thankless job. One of the key tasks for children’s ministry leaders is to help volunteers understand their importance. With that in mind, I offer these following 7 reasons why serving in the church nursery is important. Click here for a print-friendly version of this article to share offline.

Reason #1
God is in the church nursery. This may come as a shock, but the Bible has specific promises about God’s presence when children are welcomed and loved in Jesus’ name. You can read my article about this titled God Is In The Church Nursery.

Reason #2
Your service in the church nursery allows church goers to focus on worship, rather than worrying about their children. In a very real sense your ministry makes it possible for the pastor to fulfill his ministry.

Reason #3
The first (and sometimes lasting) feelings a child will have toward church is formed in the nursery department. While not everyone agrees, I believe that a positive experience in the church nursery is essential.

Reason #4
When you serve in the nursery, you are being entrusted with the most important (and vulnerable) members of the church family. There is no greater treasure on this side of heaven than the little ones God has given us. You must be someone special to have a job that is so important.

Reason #5
Your service is essential for your own spiritual growth. You may have never looked at it this way, but a growing Christian is always a serving Christian. Jesus was known for putting others first, when you serve in the church nursery you are walking in his example.

Reason #6
The church nursery is the first contact young families will have with your church. Your friendly greeting and exceptional care for their children can make a great first impression for your church. If they don’t feel like their children are safe, they will not return – and rightly so.

Reason #7
Your service in the church nursery is a powerful opportunity for prayer. If every nursery worker would spend several minutes praying over the children in their care, imagine how God might begin to change this coming generation. There is no better way to create an environment of spiritual nurture than to pray while you serve in the nursery.

I hope this article will be useful to you and your church. If so, leave a comment to let me know. Your feedback is an encouragement for me to post articles like this.

What do you think about this list? If you have an 8th reason, just leave me a comment below.

Remember that God blesses those who serve his children.


Comments

  1. Rach says

    It’s such a delicate balance. I believe having children IN the service teaches the body so much about being a part of the church FAMILY. We keep the kids in during the music, and they make noise and dance… And I think that teaches us all something valuable about how God views children and the beautiful simple expression of love and worship they have for Him.
    We DO run a program for 12m+ during the sermon. We tell Bible stories, sing sons and play. As a mum of 4 young children I DO appreciate being able to hear a sermon from start to finish. In the 3 years between when I had my first child and this program started I did end up feeling a little harassed, hungry and dry.

  2. says

    While I understand a crying child should be removed from a church service, this article makes me sad. It makes me sad because children are not thought to be part of the congregation. Meaning, the thought process is that it is better to remove a child from their family so they don’t have to ‘worry’ about them, rather than enjoying a beautifful time of worship with the family of Christ. It is truly sad to me that the church community embraces the idea of segregation based on age, rather than fully wrapping their arms around a Titus 2 mentality. I also do not see how this is based on scripture. Yes, there are times when adults need to share information children should not be privvy to, I can’t find any example in the Bible that shows children being taken from their children or vice versa when the Word of the Lord is being shared.

    If Church service is about worshipping God, why are we not worshipping as a family?

    I find it absolutely beautiful when a Dad and Mom are in a church service with all of their children. There is always an opportunity for the parents to help guide the child(ren) in worshipping God and learning the Word together.

    And to serve others, goes beyond anything we do in any program. What about helping a Mom when she has a child who is needing a little attention. Maybe hold him for her during the service. Maybe add extra treats to your own bags to give to children. And best yet, what about grace.

    If you took this list and changed it to serving during worship in the worship service, you can apply the same concepts, grow family bonds and actually help parents learn that their children are ‘not in the way’ and the family of Christ does want to walk beside them.

    Too often I have seen Mother’s feelings hurt because they are doing what they have been called by God to do – and training their children, not handing them over to others and worshipping with their children.

    Let’s learn to serve while we worship together. That may take children out of programs and place them back in the lap of their parents – worshipping, growing family bonds both within the family and the family of God.

    • Janet Butler says

      AS a mom of 3 sons and now a grandson, I have to disagree with you about bringing babies and young children to the worship service. I think it is cruel to expect a baby to be quiet when they have no way to understand why. They are getting nothing from what is being said and the main thing, neither is the mom, who is constantly tending to the child. I have served in nursery all the way up to teaching Sunday School to children, and that is where they will learn and worship at church because it is catered to their level and their learning ability. How do they hear the Bible stories and songs and crafts and enjoy time spent with other children their age if they are in an adult worship service?

      • Adrienne says

        On the contrary, children learn from what they see and do, not from what they hear. When they are in a worship service with their family they are learning what it is to be part of the church family and what it looks like to worship God. Statistically only 10% of children who attend church apart from their parents will keep the faith. (faithfactors.com) They learn that faith is something for children that is outgrown. 81% of a parents feel responsible for the faith of their children (and the Bible agrees!), most wish the church would support them in this role. The question is not, how can we make a great program? The question is: How can we bring everyone in our church family closer to God (including children!)? As for Bible instruction, that is mainly the parents role. Let the children play and do crafts with friends at play dates and preschool.

        • KYLE BENNETT says

          statistics are a terrible way to start a conversation I teach 90 kids in junior church ages k-7th grade according to that ill just tell 80 of them no sense to come back your faith will fail u along the way hope that your kid fits in the 10 % huh.as for they don’t get it by hearing what. bible do you get your info from you need to read john 10-27 my copy says “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, AND THEY FOLLOW ME

  3. says

    So your pastor’s wife can watch you go crazy? lol no not really. (We have anywhere between 2 to 3 kids a week but with a few special events going on lately, kids christmas play, new year musical etc.. We’ve had upwards of 30 kids between ages 6 months to 4 years) But this is really a great article. I’m 15 and help in my churches nursery and have never thought of it this way!

  4. Stephanie says

    I have served in nursery for quite a few years, thank you for the reminder of why we serve. I am going to share with our other nursery workers

  5. says

    Wow. I am encouraged AND discouraged by all these comments. The nursery is a vital ministry in any church. I guess I am unique that I have one child who behaved beautifully in church until she had 2 baby siblings? Or maybe it was just that she was in a unique position as the youth minister’s kid at that point. She attended an early service with both parents (unless mom at the piano) from the time she was born. Following that, she got to be with her age group for Sunday School (Palma’s Smiley’s “To Babies With Love” curriculum that our teachers had been using for 30 years…still wonderful!). Then she got her nursery “play-time” during the 2nd service, while her father and I led children’s church for grades 1-6 (I was always torn about this as I grew up “in the pew”). I always said she had the best of it…the nursery was not a “reward” for bad behavior for her. However, when we got to 3 kids, I could not do as good a job quieting them as I would like. We had moved to a new ministry location, and I was unable to get us all to the early service. Prayerfully, I began the “To Babies with Love” at our church so my kids would have a Sunday School class.

    Currently (my little ones are now 7 & 8) I teach the babies during early service nursery, during Sunday School, and sometimes during my 2nd service rotation in the nursery. It would be such a blessing to have volunteers who were not pulled in all directions, but right now we have several who do more than one role. It is an honor to pray for each child in that room, whether I spend time with them just once or every week. Do not miss your opportunities to pray for the children that God has entrusted to you! If you are in the sanctuary, pray that God would limit distractions and that all (no matter their ages) would be focused on Him. No, I would not leave my baby with strangers, but some first time attenders DO that. Be prepared…there is a beautiful poem about “My Turn in the Nursery” where a nursery volunteer realizes that the mother of the crying child she had cared for the week before came to know the Lord. God can speak to anyone at any time, but sometimes He uses the loving care of a nursery worker to let a parent have some peace in order to hear His still small voice. Please read Robbie Castleman’s “Parenting in the Pew” for wonderful suggestions on guiding a child to worship in the adult worship setting. She suggests that coming in to grown-up worship time be an anticipated privilege one gains at the milestone of their 3rd or 4th birthday (been a few years since I read it!) and so it was something that her sons looked forward to. I want my children and those around me to truly live the verse “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Come, let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Psalm 122:1)

  6. says

    I am the director for our nursery department. I truly believe that putting your child in the nursery is up to the parents. That being said, I do not appreciate trying to sit and concentrate on what our Pastor is trying to say hearing a mother say 1,000 times during the sermon, “you better be quite!” or “Stop talking right this minute!” or “If you don’t stop, I’m going to take you out!” (and never does), or the snapping of fingers at the child. If your child can not behave, and you don’t make them, they DO NOT belong in church. Of course, the parents that usually have the worst children are the ones in denial about how they behave. Not only do we have a nursery for our little ones, but we have a crying room set up in the back of the auditorium with a window so the mother can see the service, and a sound system so she can hear it. I also believe that yes, children can glean something from a sermon, (the Word of God does not return void) but I also believe that they can get so much more when being taught on their level. They think as a child thinks, and could easily be confused by teaching above their understanding.

  7. Mark J. Bessermin says

    Mr. Kummer, I so appreciated your article, having been the recipient of children into our high school youth group for many years from these early foundations. This same foundation established early on has immeasurable benefits to those who follow next in bringing up children in the way they should go, especially the part of having these same children not departing from the crucial teaching and experience that God has for them versus what the world offers. Those same high schoolers behave so much more differently than those not having the previously mentioned experiences. Thank you.

    I would also like to add a #8 if you will, and that is the amazing blessing and feeling of being purposeful within your own life for volunteering in such a critical time and area of these youth’s life. I now volunteer in our advanced Christian education school, and once more I feel the fulfillment and excitement of being such an important part of someone’s life. And no, it is not a burden at all, but a joy!

    Blessings to all who read Mr. Kummer’s article, and especially to those who serve in this capacity.

    Sincerely,
    Mark J. Bessermin

  8. Selena Tucker says

    Right on point! I started in nursery in 2002 & now am early childhood director. The unconditional love I get from the kids keeps me going! Some of them don’t even remember me taking care of them but they know I love them!! They all love coming to church (some are in high school now) & parents are always telling me they get up on Sunday ready to come. The blessings I have received are numerous! Especially the love from kids that don’t care what you give them, only that you TRUELY care!!!

  9. Bev says

    Great post. I work in the church nursery once a month. It is a blessing to serve our youngest church goers and their parents. I have heard from more than one young mother what a comfort it is to leave their babies with workers they know and trust. It is also a good chance to have an hour of fellowship with the other ladies who are serving with you, even in the midst of interruptions :) Thank you for sharing the importance of this vital ministry. I think if everyone looked at this as a vital ministry that God honors, there wouldn’t be such a need for workers.

  10. Melissa says

    I am the preschool director at our church and I love this blog post! Thanks so much!

  11. nicole says

    #8 Because your church of a 120 or so had a baby boom of 6 born in one year and two on the way for the next year!

  12. Donna says

    I am the Children’s Ministries Leader in my church and I think it is extremely important to have what we call a “Cradle Roll” class at church. This class runs during the Youth and Adult Bible study hour, and is designed for parents to attend WITH their babies and young children aged from birth to 3 years old. I feel it is very important for parents to participate in and see how their children are being introduced to their forever friend Jesus. As a community church we serve members of the public who have never had an experience of ‘church’ before and we want their experience to be a positive one. Many of our young first time parents find this class invaluable as we give them the tools with which they can continue to practice praise and worship with their children at home.
    From a practical point of view, we encourage our parents to stay with their children for ‘toileting’ ‘tantrums’ or just simply feeding purposes.
    During our main family worship services, we have a specifically designated area at the back of the church where nursing mothers or parents with restless toddlers can retreat to without having to leave the main sanctuary and miss out on the sermon.
    I really appreciate the materials and resources that Tony’s “Ministries to Children” provide, as they serve to enhance our older children’s worship experience.

    • cindy jaikaran says

      Hey guys, I am trying to get my church to open a nursery. Can you send my the benefits/advantages of having a nursery. Thank you

  13. Mrs. Lisa says

    I love the 7 reasons!!!! I have just started as our nursery director/coordinator, and have searched for a way to encourage everyone!!!! THANK YOU!

  14. says

    Wow! Lots of great comments here. And lots of opinions. I have been teaching the children since 1986. I can not think of a grander way to serve the Lord. It is most humbling and gracious. Every week I go into the kid’s area thinking that I am going to teach them something that is going to rock their world ~ and every week I leave humbled, because they have instead, rocked mine. Tomorrow I will teach the children a lesson on bowing. As in ‘take a bow.’ Or a more liturgical term; genuflect – The art of being reverent and respectful. It is definitely a good thing to teach a child in a kinesthetic way. They are then becoming “doers” and not just spectators. Let us bow our heads… My prayers to the teachers who lay their lives down every week to minister to the littlest of the flock. And my prayers to the parents who choose to do the laboring themselves. Either way ~ as long as they are learning about Jesus.

  15. Andrea Renwick says

    I read your article re serving in the church nursery and you just encouraged me
    to keep serving at a time when I was thinking of leaving – God bless you!

  16. says

    8th Reason: I am rewarded ten fold each and every time I serve in our church nursery/preschool. The ones who serve get to see the word of God expressed through the most innocent eyes and voices on earth. It not only benefits the young children but the older server is blessed and grows with God.

  17. Amelia says

    This is a neat article that I agree with very much. With that being said, there should be an article about how parents should check themselves and make sure they have an attitude of gratitude when dropping their kids off. I used to regularly volunteer at our church nursery and got tired of rude parents and people who don’t say simply show their gratitude by saying “thank you.” Even elder’s wives, etc. wouldn’t say thank you. I once had to get up extra early to help fill in a space where someone had called in sick and this woman dropped her daugher off, looked around the room, and rudely said “we were really hoping that the other teacher would be here today.” I just… I can’t even… WOW. We also have a lot of holier-than-thou moms who won’t let their kids eat the snack because it’s not organic. Seriously? I would do almost anything to have kids of my own and it was fun being with other people’s kids most of the time but I would leave heartbroken and depressed that none of them were mine.

  18. says

    Reason # 8
    I believe everyone who serves in the nursery should fully devoted their time
    (by being 30 minutes early and staying as late as it takes) and efforts
    (by only being in that one place 100% not in 2 or 3 departments of the church for that day) ready for service
    for the entire time scheduled.
    Think about this: If there was no nursery you nor your children would get anything from the service that day!
    It is way over there head in the adult sanctuary and that’s why they misbehave.
    While you on the other hand because there is nothing going on for them now become the primary focus of your child who wants something to do. In turn you nor them will get anything from the service that day and may miss and Aweome Encounter with God and even possibly leave frustrated and empty with a bad experience of church as a whole. .

    Remember that God blesses those who serve his children.

    • L says

      I have to respectfully disagree with your comment that “if there was no nursery you nor your children would get anything from the service that day.” My son (almost 30 months) has been attending church with us since he was born. He comes to the regular service and we all still get “something” from the service. I love when he holds the hymnal and tries to sing along! Sometimes he gets a little restless but does nothing worse than walking along the pew or in the side aisle. He’s a valued member of the congregation and is learning to follow along in the service and worship. Other members regularly complement us on how well-behaved he is and how wonderful it is to see children in the service. How would he learn to behave in the service if he did not have opportunity to practice?

  19. Janet says

    Amen!!! We not only provide for the care of our babies but also teach the word of God through Babies Bible Class, a hands on lesson. It is amazing what 2 years and younger learn.
    I think it is great for parents to take their children into church as long as they don’t disrupt the service. By the time a child turns 3, they should be able to attend service demonstrating behavior that is proper for their age level. In reference to #2, parents need to learn that during church service is not the place or time to “play with and show off your little cutie”. This is a distraction to everyone around.

    • Beth says

      You’re right, the church service is not a time to play and show off. However, the sounds of children cooing, sniffling, or crying should be comforting. These are the sounds of you church’s future. And it is “your” job (as a congregation) to mold and teach these children the word of God and how to behave by example. Yes, going somewhere they can learn on a smaller scale sometimes is important and it’s very important to have people to do this wonderful ministry. I do it myself at our church. But, it is also important to teach them to sit amongst their church family and be part of that family. Children’s sounds are no different to disrupt then when an adult sneezes or coughs, or at my church occasionally cries these are all wonderful sounds and let us know God is working and bringing old and young through the doors. Like I said before sometimes yes they need to go where they can ask questions and learn on their level, but they don’t need to feel as though they aren’t welcome in the sanctuary. Children are very impressionable when they are young and if they are like my son, they’ll feel as if they don’t belong if they are never allowed to be there. We definitely don’t want that!

  20. Kayleigh says

    My husband and I gladly take our 3 children into church WITH us. They are a part of the church body as much as they are a part of our family. Totally disagree with disregarding our children to benefit ourselves. WE are their parents. WE discipline. WE teach. WE love. There is no better person to teach them than parents. And I believe they need to learn the full functions of the church-not just go to a class to keep from disrupting church and so that they can have fun while at church. All of our children typically behave well in church. And they are 11 months, 2 years, and 5 years. We are losing the ability to raise our children like God intended in my opinion. I find this article very strange. We are living in a “me” world.

    • Tim says

      So you think your 11 month old, 2 year old and 5 year old are learning much about Christ in the Main Service? I know what a great impact the Nursery has had on my Children’s Spiritual Growth. It is not the only place they get thought about God, we do that at home and in other Church activities. My wife and i also serve in the Nursery on a 5 week rotational basis. I teach the 3 and 4 year olds on my service weeks so my children get to learn about service from their parents as well.

      • Ginger says

        I was raised in church, but really began to learn when a pastor’s wife started children’s church. We learned so much on our own elementary grade level with flannel graph picture stories, memory verses and songs. Although we also had Sunday School, kids church made me want to participate vs “big church” where the vocabulary was over my head and boring. My current church has a great curriculum for pre-k & school aged kids….bible based crafts and games too.

    • Alyson says

      I completely agree with Kayleigh. I grew up in the church. We didn’t have a nursery. Maybe I didn’t always understand the sermon as a child but I learned reverence for the Holy Spirit. I fondly look back on memories of my mom and grandma singing and raising their hands praising God. It became part of who I am. I want the same for my son. My husband grew up in a church where kids were sent to the nursery. He says he wishes he had the memories to look back on that I describe as part of my childhood “in the church, taking part in the service.” I don’t think nurseries should be in existence for anything other than nursing and diaper changes…then back to the service. This generation needs to learn reverence for the move of God. Please let’s get our kids back in the service.

    • Colette says

      I think you missed the point. Not all children can sit quietly in service. The church nursery provides a safe environment for children to learn about Jesus in ways that are geared to their age group. As a result, parents don’t have to worry about their kids and thus can concentrate on worship.

      • Beth says

        We attend a very small church and only take the kids down the 1st and the 4th Sunday’s of the month. This way they learn to sit an be reverend and also get to go down and learn more on their level and discuss and ask questions. My son is only 3 years old and he’s been doing this since he was born and he picks up more from the pastor’s sermon then you might think. He’ll come home and tell me things or ask about things that were in the sermon that day!

  21. says

    Love this. Was visiting a church recently and the person making the announcements said they needed more help in the nursery. He said “if you have two hands and can hold a baby you can work in the nursery”. Ugh. This speaks to the mission of the nursery. Mission motivates..!

  22. Sara says

    I’m a little torn with some of the reasons listed. I am a pastors wife, have 7 children of my own and have served in the preschool area of many churches over many years. While I see it as a great service, I see it as such to the people who want to use it. Meaning its there for the families who would like their kids in there. I struggle with referring to children or babies as distraction and stopping a movement of God. This mentality is creating a generation of parents who do not know how to deal with children/youth in church. If volunteers are needed to care for the little ones in the nursery, I just wish we didn’t have to hyper spiritualize the children not being in there. I hope you can understand what I am saying. I agree we need people to work and care for these kids. I just struggled with some of your reasons and after I’ve read thru some of these comments.

    • Susan says

      I find it very interesting to hear this newer idea and yet many use the excuse not to come to church because there is no one to watch their little one. So mom stays in the nursery for her church time even when we have live feed from the auditorium. This seems to be monotonous for young mothers and separates her again from worshipping with her husband and the rest of her family. Many forget that the body of Christ is a community or body of believers who work together to not only further the gospel of Christ but to minister and encourage one another. There are many ways that can be done but in my experience it is the nursery/children’s ministries that determine where a family will stay.

  23. Lindsay says

    So good! Kids ministry also continually reminds me of the simple truths of God. I can’t dive too deep with kids – can’t get too smart – I share God’s Truth, His stories to them just as they are. And, it’s amazing how much I learn by getting back to the basics. I don’t feel I am missing out at all.
    Also, You never know what a child has gone through the night before, the week before, etc. This world is a mess – You are Jesus in human form to them. You set the environment for Jesus’ love, peace and joy for them. It’s an experience they take with them forever! Well written!! <3

  24. Ifeoluwa says

    Serving in the nursery means building the next generation for God. if children are prayerfully cared for in the nursery and showed the way of the Lord, we will not have a generation that will not know the Lord

  25. marilyn pennington says

    I feel it’s very important for the children to be in the nursery and youth departments so they can grow up learning about Jesus Christ as soon as possible. Parents love to dress their babies and toddlers up and show them off in the main sanctuary, and that’s understandable, BUT…..wait until after the service to mingle. When the pastor is preaching, and God’s Holy Spirit is moving among the crowd, there needs to be complete silence so not one single person is distracted from God’s speaking to their hearts. Conviction and decisions can be interrupted and terminated immediately the moment a little one starts crying or really fussing loudly and moving around and getting passed from one to another.Everyone in that area is distracted and miss very important words from the pastor. I know in our Church a young man always has his little boy…maybe 12-14 months old….and every Sunday, the baby talks and fusses through the sermon. Our children’s director always talks about our amazing children’s department and how important it is to have them there as not to disrupt the Holy Spirit and decisions being made as well as what an important place the nursery is for the children.It’s very frustrating when they disregard that message during announcements.Our pastor and our praise team (singing) can ooen up Heaven and bring down God’s Holy Presence like nothing I’ve ever experienced. ? BUT…Parents NEED to understand that a sweet baby/young child can really shut down God’s movement in a person’s heart and mind, and maybe keep them from making the most important decision of their life.Thats why it is crucial that parents think not only of allowing their children to grow in the Lord in THEIR class, but also allow the adults to have the peace and quiet to listen and grow in THEIR time.

    • Sara says

      No disrespect but God can move however He wants and He calls children a blessing not a distraction.

      • Susan says

        They sure are a blessing; but no matter what environment you are in, a courtroom, doctors office, graduation, or a church service there are rules of etiquette. When at church many yearn to focus on the message from God’s Word that our pastor spends preparing and praying over for at least 20 hours that week. Sometimes we need to look at the whole surrounding situation.

    • Katy says

      God will accomplish His purpose and will no matter what, whether there are children being children in worship or not. Furthermore, while it is nice to have the option of a nursery in your church, it’s not the pastor’s and certainly not your decision whether the parents use the nursery or not. That is the parents’ decision and should be respected by fellow church goers. Do you have children of you own? If so, you should know that life doesn’t stop just because there are children present. Perhaps you should soften your heart to these little ones and the young people that are doing their best to raise them, and be thankful that they are in church period. I dare say it’s people like you that cause parents not to bring their children to church. I’ve been in my church for 7 years and know everyone, but if the time came to move and find a different church, I would keep my children (all 4 of them) in worship with me as I do not leave them with people I do not know. I would hope that our presence there would be welcomed and we would not be looked at with disdain because we chose to worship alongside our small children.

      Also, I personally think that overutilization of children’s programs has a reverse effect. Children need to learn to worship with the congregation and their parents and function in God’s church, and sitting in children’s church playing with blocks until they’re almost teens does not accomplish this. This is an area where much grace and understanding is needed on all sides, no matter what you chose.

      • says

        Katy….”Soften MY heart”….”People like me”…”People like me keep parents from bringing their kids to Church”….lady…you have NO idea who I am,the love I have for people and children or anything else. After 7 years in your Church,you should know not to assume…judge…and insinuate things about people you know nothing about. Don’t waste time coming at me again….I won’t be reading anymore here. God bless…

  26. Jeanne Odle says

    I have worked in our nursery for 7 years now and absolutely love it. One reason I started other than the fact I love babies, is that our church has grown enormously and with many new young families. I felt it was a way to learn new members and the younger couples in our church family. My prayer is that the little ones can also feel God’s unconditional love He offers through those of us who work with them each Sunday and Wednesday day and night.

  27. Vonda Latini says

    I find that the children fill my heart with such joy, and the time that you spend and love that you give them, they give back ten fold,

  28. says

    One important reason I would add: the opportunity to meet the incredible moms and dads at your church. They have all been such a blessing to me and their parenting skills are an excellent example for others. Love our cuddlers, crawlers, walkers and toddlers!

  29. Emily says

    Thank you so very much for this post! I’m the director of family and children’s ministry at my church… I’ll surely be using this to encourage!

  30. Sara Tate (Rev.) says

    I would love this article to be gender inclusive. I’m a female pastor.

  31. Pastor Greg says

    Shared – will put in bulletin and newsletter. We have a great nursery with a strong leader, but their is a serous lack of encouragement and involvement by others. You have a way of getting to the heart of it. Thank you!

  32. Alyson says

    This is great except calling it nursery. I wish everyone would stop calling it that and change to preschool because nursery you think baby sitting or plants it’s a classroom full of wonderful children that need teachers not babysitters to teach them about God’s love. Just my pet peeve word. ????

      • Linda says

        I’m sad to say that a great majority of folks think the same thing about preschool classes. Actually, teaching is the correct word for what we do at our church. We have curriculum and a minimum of two teachers in each room, including the baby room. We speak Bible phrases in conversations to babies, too. Our goal is to share God’s word and His love through conversation while we are caring for each child’s needs. We are laying foundations of love, trust, security and happiness which are essential to a person coming to trust Christ as his/her Savior. I would list that in the list of “8″, but I would list it at the top as being the most important reason I have been ministering in the Preschool division for over 25 years.

        • Jenn says

          Awesome way to teach babies and children! Not everyone learns in the same capacity nor do children learn on an adult level, so why put them in that situation. When a plan of action is designed strategically as this way then all can benefit. I am a pk, so I am very familiar with church, especially since I was taken since before I was even born.

    • says

      Some churches call it “Early Childhood Ministry” or the babies & toddlers class. I’m not sure the name makes too much difference if you’re doing the right thing. I just say “nursery” because that’s the word our church people have always used.

  33. Amie says

    #8 the early stages of brain development starts at this very young age. The more these young children hear how much God loves them and how very important they are to Him the better they’ll grow up believing and knowing this to be true. You can never tell a person young enough how much if a wonderful part of Gods family they are

  34. PETER E. OMUSAMIA says

    Am happy to read this and confirm that God is in the Church Nursery. Have been involved in this service for more than 15yrs and Sunday is my best day. Just to meet this young people and share with them Gods love. Its GREAT THANK YOU FOR YOUR MATERIALS.

  35. Pat says

    My brother serves in the nursery at his church and loves being with the babies. I am so proud of him for letting this be his ministry to others.

  36. Amanda Ward says

    Thank you for the article! You are such a blessing to me and so many others.

  37. David Mugabo says

    Thank you. I too am a sunday school teacher, i teach children aged 8-12. I train them to grow in godliness. Next time write about this age group too. God bless you.

  38. Amy says

    A job that you can’t see how well you do by the gratification of kids learning scriptures and being able to get affirmation from that but a baby being happy when they leave means parents will bring them back and they might get saved if not already saved and may have more children to bring in to God’s kingdom!!! Those kids will grow and have babies one day and you start again defiantly adding value to the kingdom of God!!!

  39. Dixie says

    God is in the Church Nursery! Thank you Tony for these good articles about the details of working with these precious little ones.
    Dixie

  40. yvonne says

    Tony

    God Bless you for this ministry you have God has giving me the amazing privilege of working with the children’s ministry I am going on one year of being the director of our children’s ministry at my local church and it has been amazing I love children and think they are the most important people in Gods ministry because God has given us the privilege to prepare the future pastors, teachers, leader and so on so the reason that you enlisted here on your website have been of such great help I have been wanting to show my team how important they are in this ministry and the big role they play but I love how simple and concrete you have made it for us to share with others working with us in this ministry… I can’t thank you enough I have fallen in love with your website my God continue to Bless you and your loved ones and those who work with you we need more people passionate about children’s ministries in our churches no matter the religion

  41. Carol M says

    Am Happy for you Tony, the notes helps me to sink deeply in children Ministry since I have a passion for this Ministry. A good encouragement. You blessed my heart. God bless you.

  42. Stella says

    Serving in the children’s church is a blessing. Thank you for the 7 reasons to serve. May The Lord reward your labour of love.

  43. A. Epperly says

    Thank you for what you do! I’m just figuring out how to do this stuff and the information you give is SO helpful!!!!
    God bless you and your ministry!!!

  44. Minister L Curry says

    I just want to thank Tony for this article on serving in the church in childrens church. I am the director of “Kids of the Kingdom”. And it can be a stuggle getting others to serve and minister to the children. I plan to share this with the parents on Sunday.

    • Kimberly haughton says

      I agree I serve with the babies and used to think , ok how can I survive these next few hours? Now instead of thinking in terms of survival I think in terms of how can I take this small amount of time to spiritually bless Nd influence these little gifts from above???

  45. Joy says

    I am beginning a new job as the Children’s Director at my church. This article verbalizes my vision for our KidsLife department – thank you!

    • mary says

      and i hate to sound like an advert, but Gospel Light has had a complete nursery program available for years that addresses all of these points beautifully (and gives volunteers something to work with, too)…

      • Dorothy Shackleton says

        This is a great reminder of the good work that is done every sunday in the church nursery – such an important ministry

        • says

          I guess I am the Titus 2:4 senior replying. I have raised 4 children in a small church where we still minister after 49 plus years. Many older women helped me as I had our children seated with me while my husband preached. Each child had different personality strengths and were easier or more challenging to “train”. My best example was a sister who taught child development nearby and helped us begin a junior church ministry in addition to the Sunday school classes we had. Each of our children are serving the Lord today with their own families. We are grateful to god for that. There are strengths in having a special time for children to learn at their own level with their peers but the real test is what’s demonstrated at home. Children are much more sensitive to attitudes of those around them than many adults are aware of so can respond to loving, nurturing adults. . We felt having the same people be with them for continuity was important so this was even more important for the youngest among us.
          I have always come away with the feeling I gained from the little ones even more than I gave. Our nursery was primarily for nursing mothers with piped in sound when children became toddlers and really couldn’t sit still for longer time periods there are toys to quietly play with .

          One other issue is now people need to be careful of just who is in a position with these vulnerable little ones . screening is done informally but we all need to be a little cautious. Thanks for listening(actually reading)

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