If you hang around the halls of Hope long enough inevitably someone will ask, “What is your Hope Story?”
Ours starts with the TV show, Seinfeld (as most good things do!)…
It was 2006. My husband, Bill, and I were a young married couple and had just moved back to Des Moines from eastern Iowa.
We had driven past Hope millions of times on the way to our home. Both of our parents had raised us to faithfully attend church, but we hadn’t done a very good job of carrying that torch.
So, whenever we drove on Jordan Creek Parkway, we quickly glanced at the building, even though God was urging us to take a much longer look…
We did so one Sunday (not by accident as Hope would say) which turned into three straight weekends, prompted largely by Pastor Mike’s inclusion of two Seinfeld clips and one from ESPN…
It was, shall we say, a “Festivus miracle!”
We were hooked.
Fast forward a few years and now we were parents to twin daughters, Alison and Jenna.
We wanted the same center of faith our parents gave us, and Hope has been an amazing part of that.
When our daughters were babies, we utilized the nursery during worship so we could worship together without distractions.
When they became old enough to attend Kingdom Quest (Hope’s version of Sunday School), we figured it would be much the same.
A few weekends into the school year, our daughters’ classroom was short on volunteers and we were pulled in to help.
We quickly realized we enjoyed helping out the “real teachers” – not thinking we were:
A) qualified for such a job
B) God wanted any more from us than that.
Boy, were we wrong!
Today, Bill and I are in our fourth year of teaching KQ. We’ve been so blessed by God’s gentle nudge to get involved in children’s ministry. Had it been more like a 2×4 upside the head, I think we would have pushed back with all typical fears that come with letting Him lead us into serving…
- “How much time does this involve?”
- “We don’t know all these Bible stories!”
- “Will we ever be able to attend adult worship again?”
Bill put it best earlier this year. Walking out one Sunday after KQ, he commented how great it is that we can serve together.
In that moment I had a clear sense of what the ministry has brought to our family.
We are blessed every time we teach to be around such bright, caring and enthusiastic kids (many of whom we’ve had in our class for all four years).
They happily raise their hands and jump for joy during music worship. And, despite our stoic Lutheran sensibilities, we’ve become quite the Jesus shufflers, too!
Hope is so big, yet it’s no accident we see many of the same parents around Hope, at school or the grocery store.
The Bible stories take on new meaning every time we discuss them with the children – seeing them so readily accept the Good News teaches us to hear His word with a childlike heart.
Our family is blessed to be a part of Hope’s children’s ministry. It is our prayer that more families will find their opportunities to serve together, wherever that may be! And, who knows, maybe for them it will be through KQ? If so, we’ll see you there!Serving in a ministry does that to all us, right? You find that what you put into God, gives back tenfold.
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There is an immediate need for KQ volunteers at the 11:00 am Sunday service at Hope West Des Moines for the remaining school year! If you or someone you know is interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.