With Gratitude for New City Kids
Pastor Josh's summer newsletter.
- We've got a few Baptism Services coming up on Wednesday August 26 and Tuesday September 15, both at 5:30pm. If you'd like to be baptized, or have any children baptized, please reach out to Amy Samad for more information and scheduling.
- Fall Theology Labs are coming up in September. Register for one HERE.
- Life Forward raises awareness and support for women and families experiencing unplanned pregnancies in Cincinnati. September 12 is their annual Strides for Hope 5k Walk and Run. Hope you can make it!
We're Grateful for Kristin Boys & New City Kids
None of our ministries have been altered more significantly during covid19 than New City Kids. I'm so proud of our New City Kids staff, for all the content they created for children in weekly home church lessons, the virtual VBS, and Youtube stories and songs. This is definitely not what they had in mind when thinking about our spring and summer ministry, but they've adapted wonderfully and continue to do so as we look ahead to the fall.
With that in mind, it's with great gratitude and sadness that we announce that Kristin Boys will be stepping down as the New City Kids Nursery & Preeschool Director. Kristin has been with New City since we started. She and her husband, Paul, were in the very first community group Paige and I hosted, even before our first worship service. It's been a blessing to get to know them and their girls over the last 11 years.
Kristin has blessed the church in so many ways, serving with women's ministry, Sunday A/V teams, leading community groups, and teaching in virtually all the NCK classes. These last few years she has been on our staff team, directing the Nursery and Preschool ministries. Kristin has been an invaluable member of our team, a great blessing to kids, parents and teachers alike, and a good friend. She's not going anywhere, but she will be leaving our staff team in August.
I asked Kristin what she enjoyed most about the job. She said: "I’m grateful for the gift of getting to know so many New City families during my time as Nursery & Preschool Director, to be able to encourage many of them and partner with families as they shepherd their children. I’m also thankful for our amazing and diligent team of classroom leads and for the opportunity to train and work with them." When I asked her what she would miss in stepping away, she said, "Of course, I will miss most working alongside the best church staff in the world, and also working daily to resource parents and make our rooms and classes the best they can be for our New City kids."
Kristin resisted all my offers of parades and marching bands to send her off with a bang. If you know her, you know she's not much for pomp and circumstance. She barely agreed to let me write this newsletter. Please, if you see her soon, thank her for the ways she has invested in children at New City. And if you don't see her, write her a note or give her a call and let her know what an amazing job she has done. She has set us up for success as we move into our next decade of New City Kids ministry.
As I said, Kristin will still be at New City, just not in a staff role. And she's joining the rest of the NCK Team (along with Pastor Brian and myself) in forming a committee to hire her replacement.
Which means... WE'RE HIRING. If you or someone you know is interested, you can find the job description and the application linked here. We'll be receiving applications throughout the month of August.
Worth a Look
- I've long been a fan of the Unbelievable podcast. Justin Brierley hosts conversations between Christians and skeptics. The show is generally great, but I especially loved this episode called "A Skeptic in Narnia" -- a conversation between a non-believer who loves the Narnia stories, and an award winning C.S. Lewis scholar.
- In this Gospel Coalition podcast, Jasmine Holmes, Jackie Hill Perry, and Melissa Kruger discuss building and cultivating friendships with people who aren’t just like you. This may mean someone of a different race, different life stage, different socioeconomic class, or different personality.