I see you nursery volunteer.
I see you reassuring the first time mom that her sweet baby boy will be safe and loved on until she returns.
I see you comforting the crying baby with her favorite hold as you gently rock her back and forth.
I see you changing yet another diaper.
I see you with the battle markings of spit up dripping down your back.
I see you carefully placing everything back into the diaper bag just like it was before.
I’ve heard from many nursery workers who view their volunteer role as nothing more than childcare on a Sunday morning. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We need SGLs who will pay attention to the smallest details of care a baby needs during their stay. We need SGLs who can put first-time parents at ease. We need SGLs that can remember what hold works best for what infant when they become fussy. We need SGLs who care just as much about connecting with the parents as they do the little ones they receive.
SGLs that say, “Love is in the details.” And nursery small group leaders are the ones that live this statement out.
Sometimes, meeting the needs of the smallest of human beings can have the most impact on a family.
When you love someone’s child, the parents feel loved. When you embrace the physical needs of a baby, the parent feels secure.
Your volunteer title may communicate that you work with babies, but the unseen details of all your role entails can make or break a family’s decision to stay with a church family.
So I see you, nursery volunteer, in the midst of the diapers, the bottles, the pacifiers, the lovies.
And I am so thankful for you.
“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.” Mark 9:37
By Kelly Stockdale