Invited to Be a Shepherd in Church 

One of the things I love so much about my church, Alameda Hills United Methodist Church, is how active the several children’s ministries are. The children are in the service for the first half, then leave for their ministries (divided by age into older and younger) for the rest of the time. While at the main service they play a large part in the activities like when Children’s Minister, Peggy Joy, invites them to join her when she makes announcements.

She had other children help on other days.

I’ve been so impressed with how great she is with the them and told her I hope she is still in the same role when it’s time for our child to attend. So it was to my delight to receive this email from her this week:

She is just so great with them. I’m always so mesmerized to see her interact with them like she did in this day when we welcomed our new pastor, Mariellen, over a month ago.

The children learn through stories, games, crafts and more. These included the pins given to mothers and others who help support children given on Mother’s Day; I still have mine in a special jewelry box.

When I made an announcement in church a few weeks ago, I had a front two seat and a new perspective for her working with the children.

The special choir made up of the children was so beautiful and touched everyone in church.

They were amazing visually and in voice.

They sang four diffenet songs.

Another great part of every service is the shout outs where the children read a phrase aloud in unison and the congregation recites it back.

I was honored to accept Peggy Joy’s invitation to work with these amazing children and will do so for the first rime next week.

~ Danielle


45 year old mother to our infant son, William, with my husband, Matt. We live in California with our mischievous cat, Inky. I love our local sports teams (Go Giants! Go Sharks!), photography, the beach, WWE, reading and now spending lots of time as a family with one kid and one cat.

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