Fifth Reformed Church Blog

Send Me!

Friday, December 14, 2012

By Paul Henderson

It has been a blessing to me to serve the children of Fifth Church as a Shepherd in both the “Flock” (Preschool) and the “Gate” (Elementary) for over six years. I have shared the first day in the Flock with nervous kids as they struggle to leave Mom or Dad’s side and venture into an unfamiliar room full of kids they have never met. I have experienced these same kids developing and moving on to the 56’ers, becoming independent and confident in new situations. 

This passage from Isaiah 6:8, “And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” got me started down a path full of many rewards and challenges. I had no teaching experience other than parenthood to prepare me for being a Shepherd at Fifth, but God showed me that I needed to stop waiting and just answer His call. Over the years, He has been faithful to work out the details.

I never would have thought that growing up as an extremely quiet and shy kid could turn into an asset later in life. However, I believe God took that experience from my childhood and showed me how to see through the eyes of many shy children to help them. Help them first to get through the door, but more importantly to understand that they have gifts and talents too. Children thrive on praise that may seem insignificant to adults. Telling a child that he is a good jumper, that she is good at solving puzzles, or thanking the whole group for helping to pick up their toys can really turn a child’s day around. Building up kids so that they can know and understand more about God’s love for them is a wonderful thing, and I have been blessed to know many great kids and volunteers over the years.

The children’s ministry is currently looking for a couple of new ministry partners. I would encourage anyone, whether you think you have what it takes or not, to say “Here am I.” God will use and bless you and the children at Fifth through your step of faith! For more information about becoming a Shepherd at Fifth, contact Krista Batdorff at kbatdorff@fifthrc.org


RCA Job Openings Nov. 2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

Ministry and Business Administrator.  Part time.  First Reformed Church of Holland is looking for a person with business or ministry leadership abilities and experience to oversee staff, oversee programs, and help manage the overall ministries of First Church.  This person will report directly to the Lead Pastor.  This will be an annual, salaried, contract position.  Contact Libby Riemersma at 616-392-8085 or lriemersma@firstchurchofholland.org for job description.  Cover letters and resumes can be sent to First Reformed Church, 630 State St., Holland, MI 494323, OR lriemersma@firstchurchofholland.org   Deadline for applications is 12-01-12. 

 

Care Team Director.  Part time.  First Reformed Church of Holland is looking for a person who has experience in pastoral care or an applicable helping profession and has proven ability in administration, care of volunteers and working with and through systems and teams to provide congregational care.  This person will oversee teams of people who will care for members of First Church and its community.  This will be an annual, salaried, contract position.  Contact Libby Riemersma at 616-392-8085 or lriemersma@firstchurchofholland.org for job description.  Cover letters and resumes can be sent to First Reformed Church, 630 State St., Holland, MI 494323, ORlriemersma@firstchurchofholland.org  .  Deadline for applications is 12-01-12.