A New Mom's Open Letter to Church Nursery Volunteers

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Dear Church Nursery Volunteer,

I’m writing as a new mom who would just like to say THANK YOU to each and every person who serves in the church nursery. Though your role may not be as flashy as a worship leader or as visible as a deacon, what you are doing is absolutely kingdom work.

Just in case you’re still not sure, I’d like to express my specific thanks for just a few of the things you do. . .

Thank you for giving my baby a fun nickname. This made me laugh and put me at ease.

Thank you for being willing to miss worship this week. I know how much you look forward to it. 

Thank you for picking up all those blocks. How did one get under the toilet anyway?

Thank you for allowing spit-up and drool to get on your nice church clothes. You look fabulous to me!

Thank you for changing a dirty diaper. And another one. And maybe one more.

Thank you for reading my baby a Bible story. I know he may not understand most of the words but I’m touched that you did it anyway.

Thank you for vacuuming up the crumbs. Animal crackers are a magnet for little feet. 

Thank you for sanitizing toys and wiping down surfaces. Cleaning the nursery can be a thankless job but your efforts are deeply appreciated. Rest easy, germaphobes! 

Thank you for not being phased by tears and loud noises. You’re my hero.     

Thank you for being the first to arrive and last to leave. I know it can be a long morning.  

Thank you for the reassuring words and kind smiles. You make the nursery a warm and welcoming place.

Thank you for putting on wristbands and double checking names. You are keeping everyone safe.

Thank you for being the very hands and feet of Jesus.

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As a 62 year old nursery volunteer, I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know the youngest people of my church because those children's parents bring their children to nursery.  I have some lasting relationships with some of these kids because they were in nursery when I was and because I spent a couple years leading ages 2-3  Sunday School.

We need to think of nursery as a "win-win-win" scenario -- because it is. 

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