Northshore kids play structure

Dream Big

by Dorene Minton |

At the end of last year, a family contacted me and asked me to dream big. What would I want for our NKids Ministry if there were no limits? I knew right away what my answer would be.

Two years ago we decided to divide our large room where we had our playroom and big group meetings because we needed more space for the younger kids. I thought it would work, leaving enough space for there still to be a playroom the kids could use, as well as providing a much-needed smaller room for toddlers with separation anxiety.

What would I want for our NKids Ministry if there were no limits?

The smaller room has been such a success and a great solution — the smaller space and fewer kids helps these toddlers succeed at being apart from their parents. The playroom, however, was a different story. With all the toys and then all the kids, the room was too small, and I felt it was a safety hazard. But, if we could have one large, really cool play structure, I knew it could be just as functional again. It would remove the many play things and just leave the structure and some balls.

As I began to Google, I discovered what I had in mind was way out of our price range. I wanted a sturdy, modern, rounded-edged, wood structure. When I mentioned this to the ‘dream big’ family, not only did they agree to get us this structure, they also designed it to fit our space. I was excited.

...not only did they agree to get us this structure, they also designed it to fit our space.

The kids absolutely love the play structure. It fits perfectly in the space and can easily handle 20 to 25 kids. And, it has allowed another dream of mine to come to fruition . . .

I have wanted moms to be able to use our church and the play area for play dates, or to bring their neighbors — some who may have never been in a church before — so they can experience Northshore in a non-threatening way, maybe even dispelling false assumptions about what church is. Then, perhaps they would consider coming to a service or event in the future.

We are now seeing more and more moms’ groups coming in and using that space. I am able to go down and introduce myself and welcome them. Several groups have already come back or signed up for the next several months.

This sacrificial, generous act has been a blessing to so many. I can’t wait to see all that God has in store for this new area. If you’d like to reserve the playroom or volunteer with NKids Ministry, contact Ginny.


 

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