Greetings, Thanks, and Special Observations!

Nearing the end of my first month at Quest, it seems important to formally draft a note of thanks. Over the last weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to meet most of the Quest Kids Volunteer Team and many of the parents in our community. Please know, if I haven’t yet had the chance to meet you, I hope to soon! I’m around on Sunday mornings and have a good deal of schedule flexibility during the week, so whether on-the-go or over a coffee, I’m free and interested in chatting (you can reach me at tori@gotoquest.org).

As a newcomer, I have the privilege of experiencing everything at Quest for the first time. This gives me a unique vantage point from which to notice and admire some of our community’s amazing strengths.

  • The eagerness and attentiveness of our kids- From day one, I’ve been astounded by the insight, energy, compassion, and care that our kids share. Our classrooms are flush with vibrant personalities, which shows our kids’ comfort with each other and their volunteer adult leaders. When kids are “real,” the classroom becomes a safe place for hard questions, worship, and prayer, and our kids are real.
  • The dedication of the Quest Kids Team- After good weeks, long weeks, hard weeks, and everything in-between, a core team of leaders show up for our kids. On Sunday morning, they come ready to twist pipe cleaners, teach a 2nd grader how to look up a Bible verse, and just sit and listen. And when you just sit and listen to our kids, some really astounding and important things come out. What these leaders do and say is important, but more than anything, their loving presence changes the ballgame for our children. I’m honored to work alongside them.
  • This community loves Jesus and wants to follow him- There was a really incredible moment a few weeks ago.  The kids were singing to God, and some of the children that typically have a hard time engaging in group settings raised their hands in worship and sang out loud. The worship leader explained that we could talk straight to Jesus in song, and you could see in the kids’ faces that they “got it.”  It was a holy moment and an important moment.  There is no doubt in my mind that our kids are excited about following Jesus, our adults are excited about following Jesus, and together, we live out a special calling God has on our whole community. I’m so thankful to be part of it!

As I continued to get acclimated to Ohio and my role here at Quest, I’m sure I’ll learn more about the distinctives of our community, but if any special ones come to your mind, mention them–in person, in a comment, or in an email to me. Let’s celebrate who we are, and what God has made us to be!


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