Northstar Children’s Ministry is made up of many tireless volunteers that love to serve the Lord through working with kids. Every month in the new parents e-mail newsletter we will be featuring a volunteer so that parents can get to know the people pouring into our kids. We hope you enjoy our March spotlight volunteer, Katie England! We are so thankful to have so many volunteers that we can spotlight and we look forward to introducing the rest of them to everyone!
Which classroom do you volunteer in most often?
I teach in the Preschool room.
What made you decide to volunteer in children’s ministry?
That’s a really good question, and I’m not sure I know the answer! If I remember correctly, my husband, Eric and I had just recently joined the church and were looking for ways to get involved. I had heard they needed help in children’s ministry, so I shadowed in a few classrooms. The Preschool room just seemed to click for me.
What do you like most about volunteering with children?
The kids say the most hilarious things! We may be telling a particular Bible story and one of the children will interject with a portion of a different Bible story. It is funny, but it’s also great to know that the stories stick with them.
What has God taught you through teaching children?
Definitely patience! But also a willingness to accept imperfection. I have to remember that nothing else matters if the children leave hearing that God loves them and feel that love through the teachers.
Do you have a favorite “kid moment”? If so, what was it and why does it stand out in your mind?
One morning we were talking with the kids about friendship. I don’t remember the Bible story specifically, but I would guess it was the story of the Good Samaritan. At one point a boy was accidentally hurt and he started crying. It was a perfect moment to give the children a chance to practice what they had learned about being a good friend! So, I asked if anyone would be this little boy’s friend and help him feel better. Another boy (who is often fairly rambunctious) went over, put his arm around the one who was hurt, and said some really kind words. Of course, it was so long ago that I can’t remember what was said, but I was so happy that at least one child understood what we were talking about and was able to put it into practice!
What do you like to do outside of church? What are your hobbies?
I love to read and sew! My husband, Eric, and I are expecting a baby in July, so I have been busy making a quilt and other items for the nursery.
Where do you work, what is your job there?
I work at Polymer Solutions, Inc. My title is Liquid Chromatography Lab Technician, but I have been helping in a number of other areas since becoming pregnant.