In this final part of my reflection of our past year, I will focus on our ministry. The year started with little to no defined ministry roles: not only were we were new at our church, but we also needed some time to just catch our breath, and said no to a few things we were asked to do early on. But once we felt like we had our footing established, we started to take on a few roles. Here is a sampling of some of the ministry we took on in the second half of 2014.
*Teaching four-year-old Sunday school. Together, we teach the four-year-olds during the Sunday school hour, which we both love. The kiddos are a lot of fun. Alex enjoys being "on" for the kids and easily gets their attention with his energy and humor. The curriculum we are using is wonderful, very God-centered. Alex usually does the teaching while I lead singing and scripture memory, and occasionally put together a craft. Not only is four a fun age, but an added benefit is that we are learning how to teach and interact with the age that Esther will be soon.
*Community Garden. Through a number of different factors, God gave us the desire to propose a community garden to our church. This will be on our church's property, and will serve not only as a benefit to members of the church, but it will also be open to members of our community. Our projection is that we will have more non-church members than members, which we are hoping will lead to stronger ties into our community. Alex has been putting together plans for a while, and formally proposed the plans in December. The elder board approved the plans, and we are hoping to have it up and running by April 15th of this year! A lot has to happen between now and then, so please be in prayer for us. This is the biggest step of faith we have taken in a while, and I am excited to see God answer our prayers and glorify His name through this ministry.
*BloomingMoms greeter. At the start of this school year, I began help with our church's moms group. I like being a greeter because it helps me get to know the moms who come that aren't a part of our church. It has helped me to stay outward focused when our group meets, rather than talking to people I already know and to remember who to pray for. This has also been a great way to meet all of the new women who come.
In addition to what I mentioned above, Alex was in charge of the men's retreat at our church a couple months ago and I have been helping with nursery scheduling (a BIG undertaking at a church with over 100 kiddos under the age of 5).