Christmas is coming which means, its time for a new stage design! Check out the short video that shows you how Michael Chandler and his team go about it!
It takes a special person to be able to be with a room full of two and three-year-olds for 3 plus hours. It takes a really special person to actually enjoy and look forward to that time.
Barbara Snyder has always added special touches when she comes in to serve that class. She always knows every childs name, always is early and faithful, and always has something special to share with the children. She recently asked me if it would be alright if she taught the children Jesus Loves Me! She often stops by, when its not her week to serve to just see the children! Barbara's smiling face and willing heart set the mood of the environment around her.
It's volunteers like Barbara that touch and make a difference in the little lives that we serve. The connection she makes with every single child and the attention she shows them I believe, make a impact.
Our goal as a Baby K staff is to make sure that every child, every week experiences the love of Christ. Whether that be by being rocked and sang to in the infant nursery or being prayed with and over while they play in the toddler room, our heart is share with every child and family that Jesus is love!
I am so grateful to serve with such an amazing group of volunteers! I can't wait to see how God continues to use them for His Glory!
This final quarter of 2010 finds the Children’s Ministry of ODM transitioning away from the Kidmo Ó curriculum to the 252 Ó toolbox. This will give us a great deal of flexibility to adapt to the specific needs of our ODM Family and track along with the values being shared in the adult environment. The best part is that we get to tap into a variety of giftings and talents from our ODM family. We’re using skits, drama, music and more in creating a much more energetic and interactive experience for our children.
Across the span of a month, 35 Team members + a drama cast will touch the lives of our ODM Kids. I can’t tell you what it means to Megan and me to have such willing Team members and to build on their excitement and cooperation. Whether they are ‘serving’ on a particular Sunday or not, the entire Team gets the ‘Call Out and Shout Back’ (prayer requests and praise reports) list and partners with the kids in their concerns.
As we’ve grown this past summer, we’ve found it necessary to spread out significantly and use ALL 3 rooms on the second floor. Since we share the space with AMP and 418 (who meet later in the day), we’ve completely re-themed the spaces, adding LifeGroupings, Wii/Xbox, flat screen TVs and other cool extremes!
We appreciate the dedication of Steve Janowski is assisting in developing a Praise and Worship ministry for us and ask that each adult/teen at ODM prayerfully consider sowing in to that field with us. As to partnering with us, I leave you with this thought from one of my favorite modern-day theologians, Leonard Sweet:
‘If you bring a child into this world, you also have an obligation to
bring that child into the world to come as best you can’.
Pastor Deana Kennedy
When Chad and Allison Brodeur signed up to serve at ODM, I doubt they realized how much of a blessing they would be to not only their teams but also the people they are serving.
Allison is a registrar for the children's department. On most weeks she serves, her oldest son Luke helps her out. While Luke pulls up the names of the kids being registered on the computer, Allison is all smiles welcoming the families in. Their loving relationship as mother and son, along with their willingness to serve sets the mood as soon as families walk in the door.
Chad is a member of the traffic team. It takes a special person to be willing to stand out in the extreme temperatures of Eastern North Carolina to park cars and direct traffic. Come rain or shine, Chad is ready and willing to serve. After spending one service in Kidmo you can usually find Grant, their youngest son, out in the parking lot with his dad lending a hand.
Chad and Allison are teaching their two boys what it means to help out. They are serving the body of Christ together, as a family. How awesome is that!