As some of you know, Betsy Zimmerman (Preschool Coordinator) is having a baby in June, which has led her to transition off of the Children's Ministry staff. When Ed was asking if anyone else on staff would be interested in taking over her role of bin stocking, it sparked my interest. Not having any idea of what goes into making bin stocking work, I volunteered. Boy was I in for a treat...what was I thinking?
No, it wasn't all bad. We just completed our 2nd bin stocking for this year, and it was amazing! I couldn't believe the number of "regulars" who come to volunteer for 2-3 days, multiple times a year. It was also really cool to see them pouring into each other and talking about things going on in their lives. Most people don't know, but bin stocking is just another form of community within our church. It's a great opportunity for stay-at-home moms or empty-nesters to spend time with other ladies while giving themselves away by serving the church...a win-win situation!
I was able to "shadow" Betsy to learn all of her tricks and techniques while getting to be a part of this wonderful community. It was some good practice, for sure! Having been my first bin stocking ever, I have a lot to learn. There is a lot of preparation and volunteer "woman-power" that goes into bin stocking, but I'm up for the challenge!
- Nicole Snyder, Children's Ministry Administrative Assistant