Let me introduce myself: My name is Jessica Johnson. I have been a member of Zion since I was 8 years old. I remember visiting Zion with my mom, and we met Pastor Ed Blair after the service. I can still picture that day in my head. I was wearing one of my favorite dresses (one that my mom made for me) and Pastor Blair made me feel so very special. I don’t know how he did it, but from that day on he never forgot my name. It was just a short time later that my family decided to become members of Zion. I was so excited. During my young years at Zion, I was involved many activities including Sunday School, Sunshine Choir, Vacation Bible School, Youth Group, Confirmation, just to name a few.
As I grew older and I went off to college, I did not participate much in church, but knew I would some day be back. I attended and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. I was soon married to my wonderful husband, Adam, in June of 2001 here at Zion. A little over a year later, my husband and I were blessed with the birth of our first daughter, Nicolle Marie, and about two years after that we were blessed with a son, Lincoln Matthew. Both of our children were baptized at Zion.
As our children grew, we knew that we needed to get involved in church and decided to return to Zion. Every since my daughter was 3 years old, I have been volunteering in the Sunday School program here at Zion. I have been here to see the major overhaul of the program, and I have to say I am very happy with the wonderful things that have been done to make Sunday School a more enjoyable and meaningful program for ages Pre-K thru 3rd Grade. (I cannot comment on the upper grades, as I have not volunteered in the upper levels as of yet). I chose to get involved with our Children’s Ministry for a few reasons. One reason was to be a part of my children’s Christian education. Another reason was because I enjoy working with kids (as I am a teacher) and helping them discover meaning in what they are learning is an awesome reward for all involved. And last, I am involved because I want to be a part of Zion again.
When asked about my favorite Sunday School memory or project, I think about Vacation Bible School. Two summers ago I was asked to teach the “Games” rotation for the Preschool through Kindergarten age level. One of our lessons was about sending prayers to God. The activity was blowing bubbles. The kids were asked to send prayers to God through their bubbles. The children took me aback during this activity. As I walked around and listened to the children, they were all sending such heart-felt prayers to God. This was such a good example of a meaningful lesson that was also very enjoyable for the children.
I have to say that I am very grateful to be a part of the volunteer team here at Zion. God has blessed me with a wonderful family, amazing friends and a wonderful church community. By volunteering in Children’s Ministries I feel I am able to give back to the church and God.