One of the best parts of the preschool and elementary teaching teams are all the kids that have come back to Crossing Kids to serve in the ministry they were once a part of. Last year, I wrote a blog post on a few kids that have begun serving on our preschool large group team. Not only are all of those kids still serving, but we have added more to the team. You can read about our young helpers here.
Highlighting the young preschool leaders is fun but I would now like to take a moment to highlight one of our young leaders in elementary large group.
Meet Marissa Soumokil.
Marissa is sixteen years old and has been serving on the elementary worship team longer than me since I just started overseeing this team two years ago.
She is truly one of the most high energy, godly high school students I have ever met and working alongside her to share Christ’s truth is nothing short of a blessing. Her love for the Lord shines through in her ministry and it is evident that she has a heart for Crossing Kids.
I took a moment to ask Marissa a few questions about her time serving on this team; here is what she said about Crossing Kids:
C: How long have you been serving on the elementary large group worship team?
M: I was asked to join the large group team by Rachel Johnson the summer before my sixth grade year. I have been volunteering there for a little more than five years.
C: Why do you serve at The Crossing, more specifically, why do you serve in Crossing Kids?
M: I serve in the crossing kids because my elementary leaders became role models for me and they made the Bible and Jesus’ story real for me. The Crossing provided an area for me to grow and I wanted to be a part of other kids’ journey through the Bible.
C: What is your favorite thing about being a part of this team?
M: My favorite part about the large group team is that the kids and the leaders all allow me to dance like an insane fool. There are moments when I need to just relax and forget about my stress so that I can just go back to what I was meant to do, worship God. The kids really get excited to follow along and sing which makes it really meaningful for me.
C: How has serving in Crossing Kids impacted your life?
M: I am very self-involved and Crossing Kids gave me the opportunity to just focus on people other than myself. I had to focus on and genuinely care about others which helps me become centered on God.
C: If you could give one piece of advice about serving to other kids your age, what would it be?
M: Be willing to let loose and get out of your comfort zone. Don’t take yourself too seriously! Join an area that needs help, then accept the place for its pros and cons and have fun.
It has been so fun to watch Marissa go from being a part of this ministry to being a servant in this ministry. God is using Marissa to speak into the lives of kids that aren’t that much younger than her. I hope God is using Crossing Kids to do the same in your life.