Welcome to the OVUMC Nursery!
Ocean View UMC nursery provides a safe, nurturing environment to facilitate the healthy growth of babies and their families into the image of likeliness of our creator. We love and serve babies in the name of Jesus. Through that love, we pray that babies will grow and come to know and rely on God through out their lives.
Parents are able to worship knowing that their children are being cared for. We encourage families to worship together with their children, but know that sometimes children and young babies need time to be kids.
During the 9:15am and 11:00am church services, the nursery is available for age’s birth to 4 years. Dedicated volunteers and paid staff are there to provide tender loving care and introduce God’s love through the Power of Play.
7 Reason Why Your Church Nursery Service Is Vital To Your Church
by Anthony Kummer on January 23, 2008
Too often serving in the church nursery can seem like a thankless job, but it should not be that way. With that in mind, I offer these following 7 reasons why serving in the church nursery is important.
God is in the church nursery. This may come as a shock, but the Bible has specific promises about God’s presence when children are welcomed and loved in Jesus’ name. You can read my article about this titled “God Is In The Church Nursery”.
Your service in the church nursery allows church goers to focus on worship, rather than worrying about their children. In a very real sense you ministry makes it possible for the pastor to fulfill his ministry.
The first (and sometimes lasting) feelings a child will have toward church is formed in the nursery department. While not everyone agrees, I believe that a positive experience in the church nursery is essential.
When you serve in the nursery, you are being entrusted with the most important (and vulnerable) members of the church family. There is no greater treasure on this side of heaven than the little ones God has given us. You must be someone special to have a job that is so important.
Your service is essential for your own spiritual growth. You may have never looked at it this way, but a growing Christian is always a serving Christian. Jesus was known for putting others first, when you serve in the church nursery you are walking in his example.
The church nursery is the first contact young families will have with your church. Your friendly greeting and exceptional care for their children can make a great first impression for your church. If they don’t feel like their children are safe, they will not return – and rightly so.
Your service in the church nursery is a powerful opportunity for prayer. If every nursery worker would spend several minutes praying over the children in their care, imagine how God might begin to change this coming generation. There is no better way to create an environment of spiritual nurture than to pray while you serve in the nursery.
Ocean View UMC Nursery Director
Stacie Douglas is the Nursery Director for Ocean View UMC. She was chosen by her experience and desire to provide loving, nurturing care to our youngest worshipers. She is a graduate of Charter Oak State College with her BS Degree in Early Education and Leadership. Stacie is also working as an Assistant Director at a 5-Star, NAEYC Accredidated Child Care Center in Wilmington, NC. Stacie has been employed as the Nursery Director here at Ocean View since 2006. She is married to Todd Douglas and has two wonderful children. She and her family are members of Ocean View United Methodist Church. You may contact Stacie by sending an email to Stacie Douglas or by calling 910-278-5973.