We recently sat down with the newest addition to the Sycamore View ministry team, Danielle Lair, in order to get the full scoop on her involvement with our children, the move to Memphis, and what excites her about the new role as our Children's Minister.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself, Chris, and why you enjoy ministering to children.
A: My name is Danielle Lair, and I am the new Children’s Minister at Sycamore View Church of Christ. I was previously serving in San Antonio for three and a half years as Children’s Ministry for a smaller church. I was blessed to marry the Youth Minister (on staff) 18 months ago (scandalous, I know!). Around our first anniversary, we decided to go down to the Farmer’s Market where we came home with a puppy named Teva. She’s the best impulse buy we’ve ever made. We’ve been in Memphis now a little over 2 months, and we are excited to join God in the work He is doing in Memphis and through Sycamore View.
My heart’s desire is to partner with families and the Church family to create space for children to encounter God through spiritual disciplines, especially through intergenerational interactions. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates” (emphasis added). I love that sentence: “Impress them on your children.” An impression doesn’t go away easily or quickly. No one wants to pass along a faith and love for God in our children that will fade quickly.
Q: What do you feel God is teaching you through your decision to move to Memphis?
A: The lesson that I keep coming back to over and over again is found in Zechariah 4:6, "So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty." The Lord had called Zerubbabel to a rather ridiculous task by the world's standards, but He says I, the Lord, am going to do this and it can only be accomplished through my Spirit – not through your abilities. I need that reminder to trust Him during this transition. The Lord will accomplish all He's called us to do through His Spirit and not because of anything I can do on my own.
Q: What excites you most about our Sycamore View family?
A: I love the heart and vision of Sycamore View. Being a part of a church that seeks to bring Restoration to all things – Hearts, Relationships and Community – is a beautiful gift from God. Sycamore View believes that children are an integral part of making that happen. Too many times, children are called the “Church of Tomorrow,” but I disagree. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,” meaning now, not tomorrow. I could tell you about so many moments when children taught me something about the heart of God. They are the Church of Today, just as much as you and I. Unless we become like little children, as Jesus instructs, I'm not sure we as a community could accomplish our vision. And Sycamore View gets it.
Q: How are you settling into the position as Sycamore View's new Children's Minister?
A: I'm loving it! Everyone has been so wonderful and friendly. I'm sure I'll make plenty of mistakes along the way (and I hope I haven't made too many already), but everyone has been gracious and friendly. God is giving me reminders each week through people here that this is exactly where God wants us.
Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013
by Danielle Lair