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How to Make Nursery Ministry More Than Just “Babysitting”

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There are many wonderful ministries in the body of Christ which serve to edify and teach us, but have you ever considered the beauty and tremendous importance of church nursery ministry? Dale Hudson, a nearly 30-year veteran of children’s ministry weighed in on the subject of nursery ministry and its significance in helping to raise children in the faith in a thoughtful editorial for Relevant Children’s Ministry, and there is so much to glean from it!

“Since babies can’t talk, many people assume they can’t be impacted with God’s truth,” Hudson contends. “As a result of this line of thinking, many nurseries skip out on trying to do some type of ‘lesson.’”

However, contrary to what we might innocently assume, Hudson declares that “nursery ministry matters…a lot. And if you serve in nursery ministry, you matter and what you are doing in the nursery matters.”

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God designed our amazing brains to do a massive amount of development during the newborn and infant months. Even before babies can talk or understand speech, they can understand a surprising amount of our tone and intention in our speech. “Children who are read to from the Bible, talked to about God, sung worship songs to and given personal attention in the nursery will have better cognitive capacity,” Hudson says.

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Even secular experts concur, such as the executive director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, who said that “what children experience in the earliest days and years of life shapes and defines their futures.”

It may seem like you’re just babysitting for an hour or so (by the way, babysitting can be an important ministry if you’re intentional about it!) but if you serve in the nursery, you are truly serving in one of the most important among the church’s ministries! You are laying a foundation of faith and assisting parents in their crucial commandment to train up their children in the way they should go.

So, how can those who serve in the nursery turn this time of “babysitting” into a time of ministry to precious little souls?

Pray over the children in your nursery

“As you hold them or rock them, interact with them and pray for them,” Hudson suggests. “Pray for Gods protection on their life. Pray that one day, when they are older, they will hear the Gospel and respond. Pray for their parents, that they will have wisdom and understanding as they raise the child.”

Saturate the nursery environment with God’s Word

Read Scripture to the babies! Decorate the room with verses that you can meditate on and pray with these sweet little ones in mind. Connections to God’s Word will be all the more effective with tiny children when you look into their eyes, too!

Remember, when you serve in the nursery, God is using you to help prepare the next generation of His people! Everyone who ministers to young people, whether they realize it or not, sends messengers for Christ into a day that you will never see. “When your generation has passed on to heaven, the children you invested in while serving in the nursery will carry the message you passed down to them,” Hudson boldly declares. “You are influencing future generations.”

Just know that if you serve in the nursery, you matter. Your work matters. The seeds you sow and water there will help to shape the future of your church. Nurture them, and watch God do amazing things.

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Tulsi Gabbard Launches $50 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Hillary Over ‘Russian Asset’ Comment

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Kanye West Asked ‘Jesus Is King’ Employees To Abstain From Pre-Marital Sex; Says Porn Is ‘Not Okay’

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Superstar rap artist Kanye West, who has been all over the news for the last few months due to his open proclamation of Christian conversion, recently opened up about the making of his latest album set to be released soon, “Jesus Is King,” saying he told employees working on the album they had to abstain from pre-marital sex. West also went on to slam pornography saying it’s “not okay.” Here’s more from The Daily Wire: “When collaborating with others on ‘Jesus Is King,’ West set up some lifestyle guidelines that they would have to abide by in order be part of the project,” Billboard reported. “Yeezy asked others to fast during portions of creating and also not partake in any premarital sex at times, which he knew would receive some blowback once it became public.” “There were times where I was asking people not to have premarital sex while they were working on the album,” West told Lowe, noting, “When people pray together and fast together, the power is increased.” The 42-year-old explained that he no longer views himself as a “slave” to the music industry, but as a “free” “son of God” spreading the gospel. West went on to talk about how he feels he has now been called to spread the gospel with his platform, noting how he used to talk about high fashion, alcohol, and others things that had a profound impact on his life. But now, however, all that’s changed. Jesus is what he’s all about now. “Now that I’m in service to Christ, my job is to spread the gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me. I’ve spread a lot of things. There was a time I was letting you know what high fashion had done for me, I was letting…

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