Bottles ‘n Brushes
This summer we welcomed our FABULOUS new AR Kids Director, Jamie Touchberry. Jamie and her husband, Russ, are Summerville natives and they have two kids, Sage and Beckham. Jamie brings a lot of passion to our team for kid’s ministry, student ministry and outreach. As part of AR Kids blog week, Jamie shares what it looks like to create together.
Recently I got the opportunity to have a girls’ night at our local Bottles ‘n Brushes with some friends. When I got there and looked around, I was excited to be able to just relax and be creative that evening! As I waited for the class to start, I stared at the blank canvas in front of me and couldn’t help but think how this is exactly how we start out our lives, pure and clean. As the evening went on, I couldn’t help but to continue to draw comparisons about our lives and my class experience.
As the class started, the teaching artist told us which paintbrush to pick up. She proceeded to tell us what colors of paint and how much of each paint to get and mix together for our first color. Then the painting began. She showed us where and how use the color we had just created. She let us know what to do if our color was too light or too dark. Then we moved onto the next step. Again, she told us the colors and approximate amounts of paint to create the next color and where and how to use it. Our artist continued to do this throughout the evening. Step by step she provided us with the guidance we needed to create our little masterpiece. She calmly answered our questions and concerns. She let us know that we couldn’t mess up. That all we had to do was let the paint dry and paint over it. There were some of us that moved quickly and finished as she was doing the last step. There were others—like myself—that had to ask here multiple times to go back a few steps and repeat her instructions because we were a little slower than others. In the end though, each of us had our own little masterpiece to sign our name to. And of course, no one was identical and each one had it’s own special touches.
Our lives, who we are, what we stand for begins blank and clear—an empty canvas. As we begin to grow, we have many different teachers –parents, teachers, friends, pastors, and more—that help us put the colors of our lives together. Some of these colors are just right and help move our masterpiece to completion. At other times, our colors—behaviors, choices, experiences—need some adjusting. Sometimes we need to just let the paint dry and try again—repentance. Once we are done, at the end of our lives, we are the masterpiece. We are a sum of all the colors—experiences—we have used throughout our lives. Even if we have had to let the paint dry and start over at times, we want to be a masterpiece that Jesus wants to sign his name to.
Let’s create a masterpiece together.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in
Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things
he planned for us long ago.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
How can you help us?
There are many ways you can help add color to the masterpieces being created by our youngest churchgoers and be part of AR Kids. We have volunteer needs for all different age groups (Nursery—5th grade) and involvement levels.
During our worship time (our largest need):
- Our nursery kids need you to love on them and start to introduce them to God’s love for them.
- Our toddlers and preschoolers need you to help teach them a weekly lesson and guide them through fun activities. *
- For our elementary kids (K-5th), there are several different volunteer opportunities.
- We need small group leaders (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th graders) that guide the kids in their fun weekly activities. *
- We need Large Group leaders that help introduce and facilitate the weekly lessons.*
- We need volunteers to help with the elementary drop off and pick up times.
*All materials and lessons are provided for each of these volunteers
Before the worship service starts, we need volunteers to:
- help families check in their kids at our AR Kids Check-In computers, and
- for a “Volunteer Kids Drop Off Area” where volunteers can drop off their kids while they get their rooms and areas ready for Worship time.
Life is better together, and we need your help to add to our youngest churchgoers AR Kids Worship experience!