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Celebrate the Big and Small

 by Amy Fenton 

I love to celebrate! I love parties. I love holidays. I love birthdays.

A few weeks ago it was my birthday, and it was fabulous! It wasn’t that I did anything big. It was simply a day of celebrations. When I woke up, my kids (who know I love a good party) had set the table with paper plates and little birthday napkins. We had breakfast together, and they gave me a few gifts along with precious homemade cards. It was special because they were so thoughtful in the ways that they celebrated their mama.

To make things even better, the celebration continued at lunch with some friends and family. It was a gorgeous day here in Tennessee, where I live. The first day of fall, a crisp breeze and a high of 72 set the perfect scene. We sat outside enjoying the changing of the seasons, they sang “Happy Birthday,” and we all shared ice cream. Another wonderful memory made.

Then to cap off this fun-filled day, my mom and kids took me to eat Mexican food—one of my favorites! Yes, I had the big sombrero on while the kids laughed and sang off key. Again . . . celebration!

As we celebrated, I thought about volunteers and how much they need to be celebrated. How much they deserve to be celebrated.

Remember how much your volunteers love to celebrate. Remember that it doesn’t take much. A simple, thoughtful act can go a long way. A card filled with confetti. A favorite coffee drink. Call them up to the stage to tell the kids why they are a fabulous volunteer and give them a round of applause. Post a note on their Facebook page or send a tweet about them. Do something weekly to celebrate a few of your volunteers.

And do something annually to celebrate ALL of your volunteers! Plan a party—a big one! A party that makes everyone else wish they served in kids ministry just so they could come to this exclusive event. Remind them that they are the rock stars that make ministry happen. Tell them that without volunteers there would be no ministry. Help them see how they do for a few what you cannot do for many. Celebrate the difference they are making in the lives of families in your church. Share the stories of all the big “wins” that have happened on their watch. Just celebrate!

I love a good party, and your volunteers do too! They are worth celebrating.

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