Sorry about the lateness of this #KidMinMonday post. I’m blaming it on too much Easter Turkey!
I believe that our greatest resource in ministry is each other. So today we are highlighting one of the members of our provincial Children’s Ministry Lead Team… Bev Morgan!
Kid’s Ministry. Love it or hate it?
Love it! It’s My biggest passion.
What church are you in, and what how long have you been there?
I’m the children’s pastor at Elim in St. John’s. I’ve been there since January 2017.
Tell us about your weekly kids ministries.
We run a Sunday morning Jr. Kid’s Church as well as a Sr. Kid’s Church during the service. We also have a staffed nursery on Sunday mornings.
Throughout the week we run various ministries. There’s a Wednesday morning outreach for young families called “Tot City”, and our midweek outreach program called “East Coast Kids” happens on Wednesday nights. Then on Thursdays we have a choir practice called “Joyful Noise”, as well our “Avodah” practice.
What in the world is Avodah? Come on, Bev… You’re making that up to sound smart!
Avodah is a Hebrew word that means “Serve God with Joy”. It’s a ministry that is geared for grades 5 and 6 mainly. That’s the age when they are too cool for Kid’s Ministry but still transitioning into the youth ministry. It’s an in-between age when they need to be drawn in, and Avodah does that.
We train them in things like black light puppetry and drama, but it’s mostly about the discipleship and mentoring that happens with them. They are reading the Word and praying, and it is so amazing to see their relationship with God grow each time we meet. And our Avodah members are also involved very heavily in ministry on Sunday mornings. That is what Avodah truly is about.
Kids can do more in 5 minutes than I can do through an hour of preaching.
Tell us something that you’ve learned over the past while that you think could benefit your fellow Kid’s Ministry Heroes?
One of the best things that we’ve done is giving kids and opportunity to serve in Kid’s Church. Especially our grade 5’s and 6’s. We plug them in and give them real responsibilities and ownership. For instance, if they don’t show up to do sound, we don’t have sound. Set the bar high and they will reach it. And they also inspire the younger kids to be like them. That’s been a big benefit for us.