Jesus Loves These Kids!

Written by Lisa Collins
Photo and Video by Tyler Trudeau

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Alison Graves has been serving in R-Kids Ministry for around five years and primarily teaches in the Walking-2 class. While teaching some of our youngest church members, Alison finds great joy in praying, singing and discussing big theological concepts in ways the children will understand.    

“They learn that God is big and strong, that God loves them, that they get to love God and that NO ONE is too small for God. He wants that relationship with them, and that is just so huge to tiny people.”

Alison, who is also a foster mom,  experiences firsthand that children are being impacted by the messages from R-Kids Discipleship Co-op. She mentions being constantly encouraged when she hears the kids in her home repeat phrases and concepts taught from the lessons in class. She has witnessed the fruits from these truths when her children pray over their dolls or when she hears their voices singing from the other room: “My God is so big, my God is so mighty, there’s nothing that my God cannot do.”

“That’s not time that’s wasted. We’re not just entertaining our kids; we are discipling them, and we are giving our parents the tools to help them be able to unpack this during their week.”

Alison serves because she has been blessed by our church and lifted up by her fellow sisters during times of hardship. She feels that serving in R-Kids is one way she can give back and allow moms to sit for an hour in peaceful worship.

Watch the video of Alison to hear more about her experience serving in R-Kids, what she has to say about the new Truth 78 curriculum for the toddlers, and how serving a church that values investing in the next generation of believers has brought her deep joy and gratitude.

We would love for you to experience the same joy, blessing and community that our volunteers keep mentioning by serving in R-Kids Discipleship Co-op!

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Growing as a Leader in Kids Ministry

Alex Poprozhuk starting serving in kids ministry just weeks into our beginnings as a church plant in Federal Way almost 10 years ago.

During those first few weeks, Alex felt inspired by the sermons that were being preached about serving. He said there was an emphasis on serving in kids ministry and the seeds that were planted from those sermons made it easy for Alex to say yes when his good friend suggested that they serve in kids ministry together.

At first, Alex helped in any room that needed a volunteer the most, but then started serving consistently in the 4th-5th grade class.  

“I ended up serving more consistently in the oldest kid room with a good friend. We didn't know what we were doing, but it was really fun and we learned on the job.”  

Alex also helped with the set up and break down of kids ministry area. This showed Alex’s passion to serve his church by coming before and after volunteering in classrooms in order to help our church function as a mobile campus.

As the church grew and more services opened up, Alex was asked to be service lead and has led ever since. Serving in kids ministry for nearly a decade has not only helped Alex grow as a leader but also as a brother in Christ. He has learned, and continues to learn from the people he serves alongside on Sundays in R Kids Discipleship Co-op.   

“Everything I know about leading and serving faithfully week in and week out, I learned from them. Serving in kids ministry is not just about pouring into and discipling kids, but just as much about pouring into each other.”

Alex’s wife Kristina began serving in kids ministry around the same time she started attending the church 8 years ago. Coming from a large family and also a background of nannying, it seemed only natural for Kristina to fill in the need that is always present in kids ministry. Throughout the years, Kristina helped out in any class that needed a volunteer the most. She has spent most her time volunteering in the 2nd-5th grade class, up until the recent birth of their third child, Mila.

During her time in the 2nd-5th grade class, Kristina’s often served as a teacher. Her willingness to serve where the need was greatest took Kristina out of her comfort. 

“It was a challenge for me to take on the responsibility of teaching, since I felt like teaching didn't come naturally to me. I had to prepare the lesson, and that meant I had to study and understand the truth of the bible lesson for that week.”  

God has a way of pulling us out of our comfort and showing us that He can grow and use us for His glory in ways we would never imagine. Kristina was faithful in serving in the direction God was leading her, because of that she grew as a teacher and leader in Kids Discipleship Co-op.  

“I was constantly being encouraged by these truths and was eager to share them with the kids on Sunday. I became more comfortable with teaching, and enjoyed being able to discuss the bible with the children.”

Looking back on all the years Alex and Kristina have served in kids ministry, I could imagine all the laughs and fond memories that were had. Alex states, “there are a few prayer requests that kids shared that I think back to and have a good chuckle.” But one of his best experiences was serving along side a teenager in R Kids Discipleship Co-op that was once a toddler in one of the classes Alex served in many years ago. Through that relationship God showed Alex a legacy of discipling new generations. That toddler grew up in the church feeling “loved and discipled all those years, and now grown, he is giving his time and talents doing the same.”

Volunteering in R Kids discipleship Co-op quickly begins to feel like a family, and that is exactly why Alex and Kristina have continued to serve over the years. To them, R Kids has always been home and where Alex and Kristina find inspiration and the tools to love and disciple their own children.   

Thank you Alex Poprozhuk and family for faithfully serving our children throughout the years in R Kids Discipleship Co-op. So much has changed over the last 10 years, and you have been constant, loving and faithful leaders to our kids and Kids ministry team! Alex continues to lead at the 11:00 service, Kristina currently helps in the nursery with their youngest baby. She also supports Alex in his role as lead by being filling in the classrooms as needed and taking care of the kids on Sundays when the whole family can't make it to 2 services.

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Leading R Kids in Worship

Story by Jasmine Linke
Video by Tyler Trudeau

Last year Renee saw a need for the kids at Resurrection Church to have a chance to worship God collectively. Wanting to use her musical gifts and experience of leading worship throughout high school and college for God’s glory, Renee sought out to provide a space for children to experience what it means to sing out loud to the Lord.

On Sundays Renee Wallstrom can be found leading the R-Kids worship with songs and hand motions in the Kids Auditorium, but it is more than just noise and dance in R-Kids worship every weekend.  Renee is intentionally discipling kids by leading worship and helping them understand the why of singing together by talking about the meaning of each song and giving kids opportunity to praise Jesus with a "joyful noise."

“We want the kids to know not only that they are loved by God, and that He wants their whole life, but that worship and singing out loud is just an outward expression of how we feel about God.”

To hear more about worship in R-Kids watch this short video interview with Renee and Janelle that captures the heart of discipling R-Kids through praise and worship.

If you have a desire to use your musical gifting in helping others connect to God through worship - whether you play an instrument, know sign language, can help with sound or running slides you can get involved in our R-Kids Worship Team. To get more information on how to get involved you can contact Janelle or Renee at the link below.

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Serving as a Student

Story by Lisa Collins

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If you have never met any of the Cameron kids, I would highly recommend walking up to at least one of them and introducing yourself. Talking to them, you will feel their deep resounding Godly joy and be inspired by a family that serves out of a heart of love.

Katherine (20), Timothy (18), Kenan (16), Jared (14), and Phoebe (13) are five out of the 11 children in the Cameron Family who use their gifting to serve in R-Kids Discipleship Co-op.    

When asked why they serve in R-Kids, a common answer from Katherine, Timothy, Kenan, Jared and Phoebe was that they were filling a need. The Cameron’s have a heart to serve wherever they are needed most and also as a way to connect with their church and God’s people.


Kenan who currently volunteers in walking-two serves because, “I am called to disciple other Christians as well as non Christians. It is a need in our church, and I am qualified to help fill it. I love working with children and being able to see them learn about Jesus is really cool.”

The Cameron’s see the importance of teaching the gospel to everyone no matter the age. Jared, Phoebe and Kenan have witnessed toddlers speak simple yet important truths about God. “We often repeat simple phrases such as “God made everything!” and “We love Jesus!” time after time so these simple truths will be cemented in their hearts and it is my joy to see them repeat it with us.”

Our own Christian walk can also be impacted by serving our littlest church attendees. While serving in R-Kids, the Lord has shown Katherine there is a lot to learn from the children that we can apply to our relationship with God. “I think it’s a good, constant reminder to have the eyes of a child when looking at life. They have no fear or worries. They trust their parents to care for them, in that same way we need to trust God knowing that He never lets us go hungry and has only the best in store for us.” Sometimes the innocence of a child can humble us to see God’s character and how he wants us to follow Him.

“Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4

Every time Kenan serves, he realizes the importance of kids ministry. “Not because God needs me in any way, but rather, by teaching these little children about Jesus, God is glorified and I am able to learn just as much about God’s greatness as the children I am teaching.”  Phoebe reiterates that the biblical truths she is teaching toddlers in class such as, God is strong or God loves you, “are so simple that 2- year-old’s will be able to understand, but they still are true and they still apply in my life [today].” Timothy serves in a variety of classes, often bouncing around where he is needed the most, and although he may not be in the same class each week, he still feels a connection with all the children he teaches in R-Kids Co-op. Timothy said the best part of serving in the younger classes is, “watching their little minds processing the answer, and their eyes brightening up when they know the answer. Watching them grow in the Lord and watching them praise God is so touching to my heart.” While serving in the older classes, Timothy is often encouraged by the deeper conversations about God and how His Son came down to earth. “It is so powerful to me, because knowing how corrupted the world we live in is, and seeing this new generation knowing the truth and what to do in their time of need, and knowing how to share the gospel is so amazing to see.”

Serving in R-Kids Discipleship Co-op, you not only get to be a part of investing in the next generation, but you will also build relationships within our church family and create fond memories. Phoebe will always remember the toddlers squeezing and hugging their bibles close to their chest during Bible time. Kenan cherishes his time serving during Easter with his whole family, “My family and I came to the 7 o’clock and some of us stayed to serve all 4 services. I had such a blast and was able to have fun with so many toddlers that I normally don’t see all in one day. I don’t think I have held so many children in one day and I don’t think I have seen so many excited, crying and crazy toddlers in one room!”

There is not too many dull moments serving in R-kids. Children are full of emotions, energy and life. And just like adults, they are hungry for the word. Join R-Kids Discipleship Co-op and experience the joy and privilege of investing in the next generation of leaders.   


“It is amazing to invest in the little kids and help to plant the seeds in their hearts.” -Katherine

“The effort it takes is definitely worth it in order to disciple the next generation” -Phoebe

“It is always fun, you get to disciple the children of the next generation to know, love and serve Jesus, and as you serve, you are continually being sanctified in Jesus.” -Kenan

“Try it out, feel out each class and if you do not want to do it anymore then try out the other "stations" that you could serve at. (e.g. Hospitality).” -Jared

“Serving with kids is so amazing because I get to volunteer with so many people that are eager to let kids know the truth about God, and there's so much kindness and gentleness that they show when serving. You will love it no matter who you are!” -Timothy

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This is the Time to Serve

Story by Jasmine Linke
Photo & Video by Tyler Trudeau

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After moving to Tacoma from New York three years ago, Frank and Betty DiMarco joined Resurrection Church with two main goals: to get connected and serve where it was most needed. The DiMarcos were thrilled to become R-Kids volunteers not only because of their long history of serving in children’s ministry but also because of their belief that Resurrection is “on a mission to make disciples in any age group with intentionality and passion.”

The DiMarcos believe serving in R-Kids provides a great opportunity to connect and share Jesus with people in the youngest age group, and they feel it is a privilege to see firsthand how receptive the kids’ hearts are to God’s word.

When it comes to serving during retirement, Betty believes, “It’s about kingdom work. This has eternal value; this is probably one of the most important things we do…You can talk to your family or to others about what it’s like to serve, but when you’re there consistently, loving Jesus, praying with children, being filled with joy, that’s the legacy that has meaning. That’s the legacy that lasts.”

Watch this video and learn why Betty and Frank encourage people of every age to come and see the amazing, fun, and joyful things going on in R-Kids each week.

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Raising Children Who Love the Lord

Our children’s salvation is not of our doing and is entirely up to the will of the Lord, but as parent’s we have the honor and privilege to faithfully equip our children with tools of the Bible to help guide their thoughts and give them a sturdy foundation based on the gospel.

“It is said that a child’s world view is built by the time they turn 11, and so it is easier to teach than to correct.” Desiree Myers

Ray and Desiree Myers volunteer in Rkids Discipleship Co-op, they also make it a priority to teach scripture to their four children; Karis, Sophia, Amare and Elias at home throughout the week to raise children who love the Lord.


A typical moment teaching scripture in the Myers home starts in the morning where everyone gathers for breakfast. They begin by praying for a variety of things; family, friends, community, current events, and everyone is given a chance at saying their own prayer. This is followed by singing praises and rejoicing by lifting up their voices in hymn and one old-school kid’s song; for example, we all know how the song “Father Abraham” goes:


“Father Abraham had many sons

Many sons had Father Abraham

I am one of them

And so are you

So let's just praise the Lord…left arm, right arm…”

You get the point.

Next is time to open the Word of God. Desiree focuses on one Bible story all week long, but will read out of different story book bibles each day so that their children will gain different perspectives of the stories, and on the last day they read out of an ESV regular translation. Scripture memory work is also integrated into their morning time.

Life and work schedules make the majority of the teaching done in the mornings with Desiree, but Ray also finds time with the kids after his work days to talk about the gospel and stories that have impacted him throughout the day.


“I am done by the end of the day, so we kiss them and bless them together and, Ray will ask questions about their studies from the morning or read whatever is on his heart or where [in bible] he has been reading.”

Investing time to read the bible and pray with their children, has blessed the Myers with sweet moments and conversations that they will cherish through their life and in eternity as well. During a conversation that stemmed from the family’s prayer time allowed Desiree and Ray to be present and guide their two oldest, Karis and Sophia when they first made their proclamations of faith! Witnessing the children’s different responses to the Gospel has also been some of the Myers’ greatest joys in discipling their children.

“Our first born is very pragmatic and recognized her need for Jesus to save her from her sins because she was not perfect regardless of all her efforts. Our second born is very relational and made her first proclamation of faith because she wants to spend eternity with God.”

Ray and Desiree feel that the gospel comes to life in their home when their children apologize and repent to one another. It is not too often that parents practice repentance to their children, but having that modeled in a home allows children to see Jesus working through mom and dad and the grace that the Lord extends to all of us. We can raise children who love the Lord by living out God’s commands in our day-to-day lives.

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut. 6:7

Teaching scripture to our children is a big responsibility but one that God commands us to do. The Myers recognize the impact of the verse Matthew 6:19-21, which tells us that by being faithful we are building treasures in heaven. Ray and Desiree discuss why they take on this responsibility with their children and that the children are commanded to respect and honor their parents. Each family member has a role in honoring God in the family and each one will be held accountable to the Lord


Another way to live out God’s word is through serving as a family. The Myers starting serving in RKids Discipleship Co-Op because they wanted to model service to their own children, and it was also a practical way for Ray and Desiree to serve together. After a short time, the Myers started to see the impact that Ray’s presence had on the children in R-Kids.

“It is almost expected for a mother to take part in children’s ministry, but a man’s presence is very vital for children…our kids need to learn what a father’s presence can offer, the peace, the protection and the affection, as these men are the reflection of the Father for us. Imagine what our society’s view of our Heavenly Father will be if we do not have it properly modeled.”

Raising our children to love the Lord does not need to be a daunting task. Ray and Desiree noted that 5 minutes a day with your kids reading something simple adds up to 30 hours per year. 30 HOURS! That is a huge investment done in tiny batches! They suggest to NOT stress about how well it is done or if your children are paying attention. Just seeing that is important to you will give them a perspective of the importance of the gospel.

Recommended resources from a self-proclaimed bible hoarder (Desiree Myers) to help you with your study:

Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

ESV Seek and Find

Training Hearts and Teaching Minds by Starr Meade

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul

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A Legacy of Serving Together

Serving as a part of R-Kids ministry at Resurrection Church means partnering with parents to disciple the children of the church to know and love Jesus. Judd and Marissa Youell have been carrying out this mission on Sunday mornings for years in R-Kids, and along the way, they discovered these acts of service taking on deeper meaning in their own lives. The Youell’s children, Jonathan and Anna, began serving alongside of them in R-Kids, and together a deep impact was made not just on the the children of the ministry, but on the Youell family themselves.

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On any Sunday morning, the Youells can most often be found serving in the nursery and toddler room. For Judd and his family, serving here was a matter of being called to where the need was greatest. Recalling this, Judd details their beginnings in R-Kids, “I serve because I was asked to. It’s not anything real deep and spiritual and theological. I said, I’ll serve anywhere… so here I am.” This simple yet powerful call to serve the kids in the nursery came down to acknowledging their call as Christians. Judd knew the command in God’s Word to serve those around us, and how important it was to show his own kids that this is part of how God’s work is done in the world. As a father and follower of Christ, he led his family to loving others through service, and because of this his children do the same.

Serving in the church has been a part of life for as long as Anna, Judd and Marissa’s daughter, can remember. This legacy of service exemplified in her parents has had a deep impact on how Anna herself carries out the Christian call to serve and love others. Anna speaks to the heart of service by acknowledging that it should be a major part of our everyday lives as those who walk with Christ. In her own words, Anna reflects on how serving in R-Kids has strengthened her Christian walk, “ have to be a servant to these kids. There’s no way you can’t be a servant. You can’t just sit on the sidelines and do nothing because there’s always something you need to do. And I think that has helped with learning how to serve everyone in any situation.”

Anna’s words serve as a powerful reminder that we are called, as Christians, to serve those around us. And oftentimes that means serving those who can’t give back, those who need the Gospel truth not only spoken to them, but exemplified to them through service. Because Judd and Marissa led their children to serve others in this way, Anna’s walk with Christ has embodied the Christian values of love and service as well.

Serving the children in R-Kids is not only a blessing to the kids and the parents whom the ministry serves, but for the Youells, serving in R-Kids became a blessing to their own family simply through serving alongside one another. Judd and Marissa were able to teach their own children Gospel truths by engaging their walk with Christ in this way, and in turn countless others have been taught to know, love and serve kids. Judd and Marissa, along with Anna and Jonathan, have not only carried out the mission of R-Kids, but the mission Jesus gives his followers to last through the centuries - go and make disciples.

If you are interested in serving the parents and children of our church, follow this link to sign up for serving in R-Kids.

If you are a parent and are looking for more resources to disciple your kids to love Jesus and follow him, R-Kids not only sends out a regular newsletter but also has an Instagram page that can further encourage and equip you.

And with all of this, please continue to pray that R-Kids would be a place that would grow to be filled with stories like the Youells, where families build legacies of service and kids come to know and love Jesus, over and over again.

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Serving Impacts Discipleship

Every Sunday, we have a body of believers gathering for worship and learning God’s Word together. They meet in the basement of our building, and on any given week around 180 kids are discipled and equipped to learn about the good news of Jesus. R-Kids is a ministry whose mission is to partner with parents in discipling their kids to know, love, and serve kids. It exists not only for the young body of believers in our church, but for the families that surround them.

Natalie Spotts has served with R-Kids for almost two years. In that time, she has had the opportunity to watch her own kids grow in their faith and can personally testify to how serving has become a “big part of our family’s heartbeat,” and the way it affects the discipleship of her family as a whole. To hear Natalie’s story, watch the video below and discover more about the ways God has worked through her serving in R-Kids to disciple and equip her family.

Natalie’s story is a testimony to the importance of serving in the church. In R-Kids specifically, she reminds us that it is an “investment in the generations to come,” and that “there’s a place for everybody to make this ministry run smoothly and reach these kids with the gospel.” If you feel called to serve with R-Kids or simply want more information on how R-Kids can provide a space of discipleship for your family, you can get involved today.

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Finding Community Through Serving Together

The Dobson family first decided to serve in R-Kids solely for the reason that there was a need for volunteers, but what they found was a family within the R-Kids Discipleship Co-Op and a place that also impacts their own children’s lives in a special way.

When Stephanie was close to having their third boy, during a VIP (Vision, Information & Prayer) meeting, the whole R-Kids team laid hands on the Dobson family and prayed for them and for their future.

“It was really cool to witness that and have our boys see people laying hands and praying for our family…a special moment we won’t forget…I felt very loved and very supported.”

Their involvement has not only brought them closer to God’s people, it has helped them draw closer to the Lord too. Being a part of a missional community has inspired them to read their bibles more often and study God’s word. They also love to use the R-Kids bible memory verses taught in class on Sunday in their own home with their three boys.

Watch this video and learn why the Dobson family makes serving a priority for their busy family and how it has helped them disciple their growing family:

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Called to Serve Our Kids

We sat down with Renee recently and asked her to share about serving in our kids ministry.

Q. Why Do you serve in kids ministry?

A. I serve in kids Ministry because I feel deeply called by Jesus to invest in the lives of kids. I love seeing the pure joy and excitement in kids when they start to understand the Gospel. It makes me want to take that feeling, bottle it up and share it with everyone I know!


Q. How do the kids evidence the gospel of Jesus to you? 

A. Kids evidence the gospel by showing me what forgiveness and grace mean in a simple way, the way Jesus designed them to be. The gospel isn't meant to be complicated and children always remind me of how simple and beautiful Jesus' love for sinners is.


Q. How has serving deepened your love for God? 

A. Serving has deepened my love for God because I always get more out of it than I actually give and in turn it causes me to be in awe of how sovereign, loving and gracious God really is.  Also it has helped me to see how much He is working and shaping the lives of His children so they can serve Him!


Q. What encouragement would you have for those who want to serve, but are hesitant to try kids ministry? 

A. I would tell them that serving in kids Ministry is going to bless them more than they could imagine if they would give it a try! There is a unique beauty and joy in serving God's children, and kids are so much fun to love on and invest in! Plus, in kids Ministry there's never a dull moment!

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