“Rein” down the love …

Posted by Tiffany Cooper

… As the senior pastor’s wife, I feel called to love and care for our staff and their families. I especially enjoy doing special things for our staff kids. I feel strongly that we should accentuate the positive aspects of life in ministry. It’s my goal that our staff kids would view ministry and the church as a fun and cherished experience.  Each year I do more to celebrate their value as staff kids.

Without a doubt, Christmas is my favorite time of year. It’s also my favorite time to spoil our staff kids. Last year I made individualized stocking full of goodies and gifts and this year, we have gone Pinterest crazy. We are filling gift bags with Pinterest discoveries! I’m really excited!  Here’s one of my favorites:

Check out these cute Root Beer Reindeer we just made yesterday! (Props to Brooke for assembling them for me.) Aren’t these little guys adorable?

I’m so excited to see their faces! No matter your age, these are fun. Best part, you don’t have to break the bank to make an impact. Root Beer Reindeer are inexpensive but the impact is huge, they will feel celebrated.

I encourage you to seize the opportunities to love your staff kids, even if the only staff kids are yours. It’s important for you kids to feel acknowledged and valued in their role. “Rein” down some extra love and celebrate them this season and throughout the year.

We would love to hear from you! How do you love and celebrate staff kids at your church?

7 thoughts on ““Rein” down the love …

  1. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Ok. Those are stinkin’ adorable.

    I’m ashamed to say this is the first year I’ve done something really purposeful specifically for the kids and not families as a whole. I’ve been a little overwhelmed by it in the past. But will say the feedback from kids and parents has been so good. They’ve been so appreciative. Will totally be doing something next year as well … possibly reindeer cokes. (Root beer is gross!) 🙂

  2. Stephanie Shouse

    Those are so cute! No staff kids here… even my main volunteers only have grown children. But the point of making your own kids feel special during this crazy season was a good reminder! Last night we were assembling treat bags to give to everyone on Sunday. My kids were the only ones at church and they stayed to help put the treat bags together. To reward their extra effort we let them assemble their own bags…allowing them to pick their favorite flavors of the various items and adding a few extras from the leftovers. Even something little goes a long way to making kids feel appreciated. Thanks for the awesome idea! 🙂

  3. Stephanie

    This is soooo adorable Tiffany! Why wasn’t I born with such a creative gene lol :-). No staff kids here yet but I’m definitely taking notes!

  4. Sheila Modine

    This is our 2nd Christmas lead pastoring. But our 1st with a violunteer staff with kids. This is a good reminder to do something for the kids. I also need to think through what to do for the families as a whole. I want to set up a tradition of blessing, but also want it to be something I can maintain. Ideas?

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