For Dutch and Cindy Van Duzee, serving in Children’s Ministry has helped them grow closer in their relationships with God, which is important for their daughters Taylor and Nicole to see. The Van Duzees began serving in 2006, teaching Taylor’s Sunday school class. “As we began utilizing the nursery and toddler areas, we realized there was a great need for volunteers as many times the number of children would outweigh the number of regular teachers and caregivers,” Cindy said. “We felt the need to give back in the area that had been giving so much to us.”

For 11 years, the couple has faithfully served in a variety of capacities, from teaching Sunday school to helping at the 3rd-5th grade retreats, to being part of various committees. Cindy continues to be in the children’s check-in rotation, while Dutch has transitioned into Student Ministry with the boys he has taught since 1st grade. Through this he discovered one of his spiritual gifts is teaching.

“In reviewing Sunday school lessons and preparing to teach, God illuminates the scriptures to me in a deeper way—more so than just normal reading of the Bible,” he said. “I gain a better understanding of the scriptures when I’m reading it for the purpose of teaching it.”

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For Cindy, it was instilled in her from a very young age how important it is to contribute to your church. “Serving others, in whatever capacity, presents an opportunity for that hour, that day, that week to be about someone else—to focus on other’s needs versus your own.”

Dutch and Cindy encourage people to find a place to serve. “Many may feel they just don’t know where to start or have the skills needed or the time to serve, so why bother? There are roles available and needs of all kinds—for any amount of time you may have available,” Cindy said. “I’ve been told all my life that 90 percent of a job is just showing up—because nothing will get done if you don’t. Show up! God will do the rest!”

>>Looking for a way to make a difference in a child’s life this year? There are numerous ways to get involved on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights with our Children’s Ministry.

Sunday morning Children’s Ministry needs this fall include:

  • Small Group Leader (Sunday mornings, 9:45 & 11 a.m.): PreK4-5th grade
    Share your love and leadership with small groups of children with Bible-based activities before and after the large group Bible lessons.
  • Nursery Care (Sunday mornings, 9:45 & 11 a.m.): babies-3 years
    Rock, hold and play with God’s littlest ones.
  • Check-in Team (Sunday mornings, 9:45 & 11 a.m.)
    Welcome old friends and new families while you check children into their Sunday school areas.
  • Resource Team (Wednesday or Thursday mornings)
    Prepare the way for Sunday mornings by gathering and organizing activity materials.

Contact the Children’s Ministry office for more details, (901) 261-2104, or visit ChristChurchMemphis.org/KidsServe.

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