By no means am I a know-it-all when it comes to directing the nursery. I have been “in charge” of the nursery for about three years now. In that short amount of time, I have developed some tips that may be of help to you.
- It’s difficult when your child’s bedtime is before or during church. Your child doesn’t want to lay down and go to sleep if there is a room full of kids that are playing.
- It may be best to stay home if your child is sick. You may be tired of cleaning up vomit at home but that doesn’t mean the nursery workers should have to do it. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Note: If your child had a sniffle 3 hours ago, that’s no excuse to miss church.
- It’s unpleasant when you bring a child that not only smells like your pet's urine but is also wearing it. Trust me, we would understand if you were late to church because you had to change an outfit at the last minute.
- When we are meeting your child for the first time and you don’t provide anything for them, what are we supposed to do? Do they need a diaper? We can’t supply those for everyone
- If your child is one who cries for a long time after you leave them, please do not come check on them. If they have not calmed down on their own, we will come get you. We don’t just let them cry in agony for an hour until you come back for them.
- Here's a tip for the indecisive parents. Know what you’re going to do before you drop your child off in the nursery. Please don’t stand around for ten minutes deciding whether or not you're going to feed your baby. We can’t tell you what to do for your child. Only you know what’s best.
- We need to look presentable. Before you leave the house, take a few minutes to make sure you don’t have any stains or pet hair on your outfit. Remember, this is a ministry. We need to give God our best.
- Having nursery duty doesn’t mean dress in your play clothes.
- If you think you will be late or unable to make it, please give a heads up. It only takes a second.
- Making the nursery schedule is not as easy as it seems. About twice a year, I feel great about the schedule: I think everyone will be able to work their shift. Just when I feel like it’s working, someone isn’t able to work anymore. It never fails.
Being a nursery worker isn’t always easy, but they are a blessing. Often times, it’s a messy, exhausting job and they feel under appreciated. Next time you are at church, thank your nursery workers. Especially if you are a parent, they watch your children so you can be in the service.
What are some experiences you’ve had in the nursery?