Fun Fact: Did you know we have more than 600 volunteers in Crossing Kids? These are people who serve alongside you (if you are a volunteer) or with your kiddos (if you are a parent). That’s a lot of smiling faces!
One of the coolest thing about Crossing Kids volunteers, in my opinion, is how different each of them are. Our volunteers are all age ranges, all stages of life, and have been attending The Crossing for anywhere from a few months to the very first Sunday years ago!
I thought it might be fun to share a few with you. Without further ado, I present to you Mr. Doug.
Current Classroom where you serve: 2’s
What you do during the week: I sell corn and soybean seeds to farmers working through a network of seed dealers. I also get to scout a lot of fields looking for insects, diseases, weed and fertility problems
How long have you been serving in Crossing Kids? 11 years
Why do you serve in Crossing Kids? I enjoy working with the kids they make me smile every week
What’s a unique characteristic of the age you serve and what do you like about it? The transformation they make from 2 to 3 is really fun. They come in wearing diapers and not saying a whole lot and go out potty trained and talking up a storm
What’s your favorite part of Sunday morning? Making up funny songs to sing to the kids
Do you have an all-time favorite moment from Crossing Kids? Probably the coolest thing that happens in this room is when you get a child who doesn’t want to leave mom or dad and they cry sometimes for several weeks when they come in and then one Sunday they slide off your lap and just start playing and they never look back.
If you could give one piece of advice to other volunteers, what would you tell them? It’s the best job in the world; where else can you color and play with play dough every Sunday.
If you could share one piece of advice with parents, what would you tell them? Spend time with your kids and enjoy them they grow up really fast
How do you think being a parent affects the way you serve in Crossing Kids? I can share the mistakes I’ve made along the way, and maybe other parents won’t have to make the same mistakes I have.
As a guy serving in Little Ones, do you think there’s anything unique you bring to your classroom? I’m really good at changing diapers???At least I don’t mind.
Do you have a specific kind of kid you feel specifically called to minister to? How so? Yes the one that has a tough time leaving mom or dad or the one’s that cry a lot. It’s great to be able to make those kids feel secure and comfortable with you so they want to come into the classroom every week.
Anything else you want to share about your experience in Crossing Kids? It’s a really neat experience to have the kids from previous classes come back and talk to you when there all grown up like first graders. There are always some that remember you and always seek you out to talk to you on Sundays. It’s fun to watch them grow.
Thanks, Mr. Doug, for all you do for Crossing Kids! And…a belated happy 50th birthday!!