When the Krenz family moved back to Northville a few years ago, finding a church was a family decision. Parents Andrew and Krissie wanted a strong children’s program, where their kids could learn at their own level while parents attend the worship service. The vote to choose Ward was unanimous, admittedly, with the playscape bringing in the final ‘yes’ from their young son.
As a full-time working mom of three, Krissie knows the struggle of finding time to serve. For her, carving out an hour on Sunday morning makes the most sense. “I know the fear of over-commitment, but any gift of service is welcomed. I started off serving every other week, and now serve every week. Everyone has been so welcoming, and it has been a great way for me to meet other Ward members.”
Krissie’s first step in volunteering was the check-in desk for WardKids Preschool. But as her familiarity and comfort has grown, she has begun helping in the classrooms as well. “It’s an important way to help young families by allowing them to attend worship without having to worry about their children,” she said.
When daughter Parker reached middle school last year, she decided to volunteer with young children in WardKids. “Parker is strong student leader in the 4s and young 5s classroom,” said Melissa Martin, WardKids Director of Early Childhood. “Krissie and Parker are such blessings to have on the Wardkids Sunday morning preschool team.”
Parker has already demonstrated leadership skills, and kids happily follow her instructions. Her role as a big sister helped prepare her for working with younger children, and she has experienced God’s help in her role. “God has been patient with me, and that helps me to be patient with children,” said Parker.
Ward has seen a recent increase in families returning to the building on Sunday mornings, and as a result, more WardKids volunteers are needed. “It’s not for everyone,” says Parker, “But there’s something you can do. Just give something a try.”