Whenever I attend church, William gets to hang out in the church nursery. I’ve been asked why I don’t bring him in with me, as another family does with their daughter who is only a few months older than William. I have considered letting him sit next to me, yet every time I bring him to the nursery he enjoys it so much. This week I was volunteering with the children who were doing the cooking station activity, so I definitely planned for him to be in the nursery so volunteering could have my full attention. The Children’s Ministry Director, Peggy Joy, agrees that as an active boy he probably has a lot more fun this way as well.
The cooking station activity always starts with a lesson in the children’s room, then going to the hall with the kitchen attached for the main part. In the children’s room there was a lesson in song form. The room was decorated with toys about the sea for lessons about some of the apostles being fishermen.
The message involved fishing as well. The boys added red fish to blue jello and made fishing boats with tuna, rolls and napkins as sails. They also decorated cookies with blue and white icing and frosting.
While they were free to decorate the cookies without putting a fish on them, they all decided to add fish. Though they paid attention for the most part, they were a lively lot overall.
I like that I get invited to join in on the activity. These are what I came up with. One fish definitely came out better than the other.
Volunteering at these children’s classes gives me a glimpse into how it may be when William is old enough to take place in them.