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How Does our High Pointe Nursery Operate?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are a lot of new, young faces at High Pointe. Erin Wyman, our children’s ministry director, has mentioned in both private and public occasions that we have more young families at High Pointe now that at any other time in our history. We rejoice in God’s kindnesses to us in bringing so many new young families to High Pointe. It is a joy to see so many little ones in the nursery, toddling and walking around after our gatherings. 

Of course, as is always the case, growth always brings growing pains. With an over abundance of little ones in the nursery, we need more help, more volunteers. If you’ve been a member of High Pointe for at least 6 months, we would welcome your help in the nursery. Please contact Erin Wyman (erin@highpointeaustin.org) and find out how you can help. 

Still, with so many new families, it's helpful to be reminded how our nursery works. Believe it or not, we also have expectations of parents who utilize the nursery. So, mom and dads, let me make you aware of some of our procedures and expectations related to our nursery:

Think of our nursery as more like a co-op and less like a “service.” Our nursery works as a type of co-op where parents cooperate together to care for each other’s children. Parents who are members (for a minimum of 6 months) and who utilize the nursery for their little ones, take turns with other parents so that everyone gets to both serve in the nursery and be served through enjoying worship while others care for their children.  Parents are expected to serve once every 5 weeks, and starting in January it will be once every 6 weeks. So, please utilize the nursery, but be prepared to serve one another.

Dads, think of yourselves more like a parent and less like a babysitter. O.K. So, you actually are a parent, dads. But’s it’s funny how many dads I’ve heard say, “I have to babysit our kids tonight.” Dad, you're not babysitting your children when mom is gone; you're their father - so, parent. At High Pointe, parenting includes serving in the nursery.  That policy has changed in recent years due to other needs like the safety team, which also operates during services. But, this does not mean we don’t need dads to take their turn in the nursery, KidsPointe, and any other area of our children’s ministry. It’s both helpful and encouraging for the children, not to mention the moms, to see men stepping up to read Bible stories to toddlers and play on the playground with preschoolers. As you serve them, you will show our children how much you love both them and Christ!   

Express your thanks to our nursery workers. You’ve probably noticed that many serving in our nursery do not have little ones of nursery age. These volunteers are the icing on the cake. They complete our nursery by giving of themselves in graceful service instead of simply sitting in the service on Sundays. Many of these volunteers are grandmothers or moms of older children, who’ve already “paid their dues” and remember what it was like when they didn’t get a break. Because they love our little ones and want bless their mommies, they willingly sacrifice their convenience to allow moms to feed on God’s Word without distraction. Others of our volunteers are singles and young marrieds who may not have children in their own homes but who are parenting just the same through their loving care of these precious nursery children.  We couldn’t do nursery without these precious, selfless volunteers.

Thank you!