NILES, Ohio—First Baptist Church has begun a new ministry to encourage children and teens to serve in the church. The new ministry, called Sunday Night Servers, helps “put into action what our kids are learning” in Sunday School on Sunday mornings and Kids4Truth Clubs on Wednesday nights, says Jen Burman, wife of Pastor David Burman Jr.

“It can be kind of sad that many times people can have a negative view of our kids and teens as just takers and not givers to the church, and I wanted to see that image of our kids be changed,” Jen says.

For their first act of service, the group, then consisting of three girls, visited a church member named Miss Charlene in a hospital. The girls read verses about God’s love, sang two songs they had chosen, individually prayed for Miss Charlene, and gave her a card and candy. Miss Charlene enjoyed the visit and shared with the girls a few of her memories of them.

Jen says, “It was a privilege to serve God that night, and I am excited about more opportunities.”

The group, with the help of David and Jen Burman, has developed a list of additional ways the children and teens can serve. They plan to write encouraging notes to Sunday School teachers, learn about the roles of greeters and ushers and serve in those capacities on Sunday nights, make centerpieces for church dinners, bake treats for shut-ins and visit them throughout the year, vacuum the church’s vans, clean classrooms and whiteboards, learn how to share the gospel, and more.