Our Kindergarten/1st Grade Small Group Leader on 1st and 2nd Sundays is Ms. Jan. Ms. Jan has been a member of FUMC for five and half years.
She’s been serving in Children’s Ministry for five of those. In addition to being a SGL on Sundays, she is also a SGL on Wednesday nights and…AND Thursday nights! Give that woman a raise! Am I right?
When she’s not busy influencing the faith of the next generation, Ms. Jan is often helping the Children’s Pastor behind the scenes with prep work and administrative duties. She also spends ample time comforting, petting and worrying about her elderly cat, Sadie.
During her time at FUMC she has served as co-chair of Team Haiti and head of the Missions Team.
For Ms. Jan the most rewarding part of being a SGL is witnessing children on Wednesday night quietly listening, semi-seriously responding, scripture reciting, praising, praying, eating, teasing, laughing, and then saying goodbye. She says that in the midst of the chaos, “[s]omehow I also hear Jesus smiling”.
The most fun part of being a SGL for Ms. Jan is when she engages in games with kids. It’s completely out of her comfort zone, and yet, her smile and laughter tell me that it doesn’t matter.
Her favorite Bible Verse is –
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)