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Owed to Volunteers

By: Admin on August 29, 2013

Don't worry, I won't be singing a song or giving a eulogy. This is not an 'ode'.

The week of August 19 to 23 was Summer Kids Week, "Kingdom Rock" here at Waverley Church. This is probably the biggest week we have every year at our church family.

We had over 120 kids as part of this week. It was loud, active and fun. Everyone heard about the love and strength of God and how that can work in each person's life.

But there is another number that stands out. It is a number, that like the children, has faces attached to it and a lot of meaning. That number is not very precise, but it is huge: 60+. That is the number of volunteers who gave their time, talents and energy to ensure Kingdom Rock really rocked!

Most of these volunteers gave a week of their time. Some could come for a day or two and they gladly did that. Some gave their vacation time to being part of Summer Kids Week. Some taught, others led groups, some led games and others prepared and served up food. Their ages ranged from 12 to 60+. This was done every day and it was awesome!!

Why awesome?

First, the "negative reason": no one complained. The positive reason? Everyone gave 100% with joy! Not just happy, fuzzy joy. Real, deep down, genuine, dig it from the depths, it doesn't matter what happens type of joy.

For some this was repeating an experience they have done for years. For others this was the first time swimming in the SKW pool and we pushed them into the deep end. There was one thing in common, everyone gave everything to make this work.

2 Corinthians 9:7 says, "Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (ESV)" The context of this verse has to do with giving money to help those in need and to support financially the work the church does. But the application certainly goes beyond money: it goes to the time, talents and effort we give to helping people know the incredible love of Jesus.

Waverley's volunteers haven't asked for thanks, in fact, some of our volunteers don't really feel comfortable being thanked. They say they are just glad to do what they do. Nevertheless, as the pastor of Waverley church, I will just say it:


Serve one another humbly in love (Galatians 5:13)

Keep up the great work!

Pastor Brad
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Topics: church, volunteering

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