"I'm sorry, our nursery is at capacity. Here is a coloring book and some crayons, you'll need to take your son to service or wait for a spot to open up." This is how we were greeted at church as we attempted to register Jennifer's youngest son, Christian, for the nursery. The first time this happened, a few months ago, I'm thinking, "This is a fluke. This doesn't happen at Southeast." Wrong. I've come to find out this is a serious problem that ALL churches, regardless of size or location, are facing. More volunteer needs than volunteers to meet those needs.
And I have to be honest with you. I became increasingly frustrated Saturday night as I sat in worship with a 13 month old child (I don't know why he can't stay engaged during a 60 minute worship service. I mean Dave Stone is preaching for goodness sake. Doesn't he recognize good preaching when he hears it. What's wrong with the boy!), knowing that he was turned away because the vast majority of people choose to worship weekly but choose not to serve. They have no problem taking, but struggle giving of their time and energy.
Here's my wild and crazy thought. If all the parents who attend church on Sunday morning would work the nursery on Saturday night - problem solved. And vice versa - if all the Saturday worshipers, volunteered on Sunday, the body of Christ is blessed immensely!
Bottom line (pun intended): If you've committed your life to Jesus Christ and you attend His church regularly and yet you're NOT serving on a REGULAR basis, get off your bottom and do something in the name of the Lord. You're cheating the Lord and you're cheating others who could be blessed by your service.
Sorry if I sound a bit peeved. You should've talked to me last night:)