Rachel's Journal - Entry 2

This past week at the church was pretty crazy.  Brian and Brooke were on vacation, so I was left with much more responsibility than usual.  I was at the church last Sunday from 8 in the morning until about 7:30 that night, with about a 4 hour break in the afternoon.  It felt like I was there all day!  There had been a wedding at the church the night before, so our whole sound system was torn down in the gym, and that was stressful.  Thirty minutes before Sunday school was to start, I was running around the church trying to find someone to fix the sound system, but we got it all worked out.  I had my first encounter with disciplining a child in the morning session.  There was a child who would not listen during the group session at all.  I moved him twice and it did no good.  I finally had to move a chair off from the group and sit him down by himself and he still did not respond well.  I finally began to give him some one-on-one teaching time for the Bible verses, and he began to react better.  It was slightly frustrating, but nice to finally see some improvement towards the end.  Church ran late on Sunday morning, so we had to improvise with some extra singing to keep the kids occupied, and that was...fun... 

Wednesday night I had the service again, and it was a little haphazard.  We had to plan games on the spot, but other than that, planning was OK.  But, the kids were a little unruly!  I’m going to be honest and say that I was glad when it was all over and I knew that Brian would be back by the next Sunday.  I realized the importance of organization in ministry more than ever before.  Planning is so necessary!  When the leader is going to be out of town, it is pertinent for everyone to be sure they know what they are doing.  Brian had typed out a list of how things should run and given it to most everyone, but I’m not sure that every leader had gotten a copy or run over the list or was completely aware of how things should go.  Things are just a little hard when dealing with kids and their routine is thrown off, and I think that played into it a lot.  But, looking back, I’m so glad that I have had this experience!  I realized that I still have quite a bit of training time before I will be ready to be completely in charge of a ministry like that!