CHANGING THE WORLD ONE CHILD AT A TIME
David & Michelle Pugh speak to us about their love for kids
We can change the world one thought at a time, one child at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time, one city, one state and one country at a time – Bryant McGill
Our desire at CityHill Kids is to lead with passion, sharing our lives with the children to equip them to be young warriors for God. The children are divided into three groups, with age-specific activities.
Little Stars is for our two to three year old children; All Stars is for preschool children from Grade 000 to Grade 0/R; and Funkytown is for boys and girls from Grades 1 to 6.
Roles involve leading small group time with the children, serving at the busy info and check-in desk, and being part of the creative team that leads worship, our large group skits and teachings as well as our AV, sound and lighting team. Volunteers serve on a roster basis, and either commit to serve two weeks on and two off, or one in every three Sundays.
For families with younger children we have our Mothers’ room (for feeding mums), the Littlies’ room (for children aged 12 to 18 months) and the Toddler’s room (for children aged 18 to 24 months). Here volunteers serve once a month as a host, serving the parents that use these facilities.
With CityHill Kids, as the Pughs point out, parents have the peace of mind of knowing that their children are safe, happy, having fun – and, perhaps most important of all, learning about Jesus.
“The children love to come to church every week,” as the Pughs note.
“We have amazing facilities and fun activities including sensory trays and messy play every week! There is so much effort put into the lessons, and the kids adore it, and I know they walk away with a little more knowledge,” says Michelle.
“I know of so many children that have asked their parents to bring them to CityHill because they have heard about kids’ church!”
Michelle and David have now served in CityHill Kids for two years – and are “here to stay.”
“We love being able to impact children’s lives,” adds Michelle. “I personally know that so much of my own Christian grounding came from Sunday School, and that is what I hope to offer these children: a grounding that they will remember for life.”
And as the Church grows, so will CityHill Kids, in the process providing an excellent way for others with a heart for children to serve.
“I love being around the little children and love watching them learn and invite God into their hearts,” smiles Michelle. “I think God gave me patience and love for children, and I am blessed to be able to share that in this ministry. God has worked in our lives and encouraged us to get involved and we have loved every minute of kids’ ministry, and love to come every Sunday and help shape lives”
Psalm 127: 3-5 says: “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in warriors hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!”