Nursery Ministry at Sojourners Church
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. -Psalm 145:4-6
At Sojourners, we don’t simply want to do things without having the clearest and most biblical understanding of the motivation for doing it that we can. We have some general guidelines to follow in the Bible.
For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)
So, we know that everything we do must be done in dependent faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the propitiation for our sins. Or, another obvious rule:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
No matter what we do, we are called to do it for the glory of God. So in every ministry, we must ask, are we doing this for the glory of God and in dependent faith in Christ’s work?
Every ministry at Sojourners must answer yes to those questions. But, after that, as we are deciding what ministries we should do in a God-glorifying, Christ-exalting way, we look to the word to be sure we are in-step with those same principles.
The verses at the top of the page describe why nursery ministry at Sojourners is MOST crucial in the life of our church. I say MOST crucial, because there are several reasons nursery is crucial.
Yes, nursery is VERY helpful for moms and dads with young kids to be able to sit and learn from the word themselves. Many young parents (moms especially!) are busy nearly 24/7 with their children and Sunday morning is the one time per week they can look forward to singing with God’s people and sitting under God’s word. That is crucial!
Yet, the MOST crucial reason comes for the children and the workers themselves. While nursery is a place for parents to leave their kids during worship, nursery is NOT babysitting!
Nursery is evangelism. Nursery is worship. Nursery is God-centered. Nursery is Christ-exalting. Let me remind you of the verses above:
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.
That means it is the call of every generation who believes in our great God through the work of Jesus Christ to tell the next generation of his works. That’s the way this Christianity thing works. One generation tells the next generation, which tells the next generation, and so on.
For someone to declare God’s “glorious splendor,” “wondrous works,” and “awesome deeds” to these little ones, they must first meditate on these things themselves. Nursery workers should spend some time the morning before they come in marveling about the amazing work of Christ and the marvelous power of God, so that when those little kids show up, they can sense the joy of the Lord in our workers.
Just as the preacher worships over the word with the adults in the congregation, so should nursery workers be worshipers over the word with their little group of infants to toddlers.
We are not playing games or babysitting in nursery. We are Bible-driven and cross-centered even there. We tell Bible stories to these children. We read Bible verses to these children. We sing songs about Jesus with these children. We pray over these children. And we love these children. NOT mainly because we want a convenient place for parents to drop off kids.
But, mainly because we want them to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We want the joy of the Lord that they see in their teachers to become their own. How do we know what prayer, or verse, or story might become the one that rings in their mind the moment God chooses to do his sovereign work in saving them from their sins?
Do we want to be helpful to parents who need to hear the sermon during perhaps their only break of the week? Yes.
But it’s so much more for those who work and the children who receive.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.
That is the goal of nursery. That in the end, there are little people, who grow up to be big people, and join all of us who are already big people in giving glory to God through the gospel of Christ.
God must do the miracle, but we get the privilege and joy of joining in that miracle.
Call it worship. Call it evangelism. Call it discipleship. Call it pleading for the souls of our little children. Call it modeling the joy of the Lord. Call it planting seeds of gospel.
Just, please, don’t call it babysitting. It is so much more.