The Oldest New Kid on the Block
First question: Why did the Children and Family Committee design this position?
The deep and wide answer to that question is: Continuity. Providing continuity to our children, families, and volunteers is a key element to the success of the Children and Family Ministry Vision Statement:
A staffed teacher provides the thread of continuity through all the components of the program, including the procedures for presenting curriculum and the more vital aspect of relationship building. When children (and volunteers) can trust the routines and teaching structures to be consistent, they can relax and be more open to engaging with content and discussions, thereby enjoying and learning more. Teaching the stories and lessons of Jesus Christ to our children is certainly a worthy goal for Sunday School, but sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ through caring and authentic relationships is the primary intention for creating an employed position. Good, supportive relationships are built on trust and grow in a reliable environment. The continuity of a staffed teacher offers the foundation for such a trust be established for our children, their parents and our valued volunteers.
Second question: Why did I feel called to apply?
Early Childhood Education was the career from which I retired three years ago, so my lifelong endeavor points me toward placing a high value on children’s first instructional experiences. I was employed with NIC Head Start for 27 years; serving children and parents as a pre-K teacher and home visitor for 13 years, and then moving into administration, where my role was to oversee the educational services which included providing direct support to the teaching teams. I share this background information so that our parents of Pre-K to 1st grade children can feel confident in my teaching experience and skills.
Yet, what I truly hope they come to learn about me is that I find it is a joy to use and share God’s gifts to connect around Christ’s abundantly crazy love with our FPC children, their families and those who volunteer for this amazing ministry.
Other things to know about me:
Third question: How could an interested volunteer get in on this action?
There are a couple ways to learn more about the children’s ministry or how to connect to volunteer:
Linda J Jones
5/24/2023 06:00:41 pm
Congratulations Yvette, you will be a great asset to the children. I have seen your spirit every Sunday. I wish you a full exciting and creative year. Bless you.
5/25/2023 08:12:26 am
What a blessing for all of us to have your experience, dedication, and love for our children on a regular basis. Thank you for sharing of yourself and your gifts in this wonderful ministry! We are blessed!
5/25/2023 08:40:37 am
We are lucky to have such a wonderful teacher for our young children. I know the children and their families will grow in their faith with your guidance.
5/27/2023 12:01:27 pm
God's Grace has blessed us yet again at 1st Pres with the Joy of You, and our young disciples (McLane's words) will be the very blessed recipients of your loving care. Heartfelt Thank You for answering this extraordinary call!
5/29/2023 08:22:27 am
Thank you for blessing our children with your gifts. I pray God will guide you in this important ministry.
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