Hi! We are the Stanforths – Tom, Trish, and Lizzie.
We have been members of Zion since moving to Buffalo from Long Island five years ago. When we started coming to Zion, we attended the 9:45 worship service and then Lizzie would attend Sunday school at 10:30. We became involved in Sunday school, Tom as a rotation leader, and Trish helping in the Sunday school office, as a way to become more connected with the church, as a way to give back for our daughter’s participation, and because we were asked to help. Now, Lizzie is serving as a shepherd for a preschool and Kindergarten Sunday school class on Sundays, in addition to attending confirmation classes on Wednesdays. Tom has added confirmation guide duties, and Trish is also helping with the new M&M Ministry for middle school girls.
As a family, we consider the Children’s Ministry programs to be an important part of Zion. In addition to providing a place for children to go while parents attend worship, it is a chance to help children learn about and understand our religion. Engaging the children with musical activities, playing games, and doing crafts, while exposing them to some of the important stories and themes from the Bible, makes each week a different experience for the children.
Volunteering with Zion’s Children’s Ministry programs has helped us individually and as a family. It gives us a common activity that we can talk about and help each other with. It also prompts religious discussions that we probably wouldn’t have had otherwise. It has also connected us to Zion in a deeper way and truly makes us feel part of the church.