Making Kids Feel Welcome

. February 28, 2019.
Jaime and Tom Shank have two daughters, Ava (age 6) and Kylie (almost 1)
Jaime and Tom Shank have two daughters, Ava (age 6) and Kylie (almost 1)

Jaime Shank serves families at Cedar Creek Church

If you have ever walked through the doors of Cedar Creek Church with children in tow, chances are good that you know Jaime Shank. With a contagious smile and genuine enthusiasm, Jaime has a special way of making kids feel welcome. As Cedar Creek’s Director of Kids, Findlay Campus, she devotes her time and energy to creating a place for kids, ages birth through fifth grade, to know Jesus.

From volunteer to director

A graduate of Findlay High School, Jaime is married to Tom Shank and the couple have two children. They began attending Cedar Creek’s Findlay campus in 2014 where the opportunity to volunteer in Cedarville (the kids ministry area at Cedar Creek) presented itself. “I fell in love with serving kids every week, hearing their perspective and just getting to see the world through their eyes,” Shank explains.

As she began to flourish in her volunteer role, Jaime was encouraged to consider an internship program with the church. After many conversations and prayers, she says God gave her a clear answer that the internship was the thing to do. So she began interning with the church in 2015, stayed for an apprenticeship program in 2016, and now she is the Director of Kids. The extensive training, along with her natural ability with children, makes Cedarville the highlight of many kids’ weeks. Jamie sees between 100 to 200 kids per week in Cedarville. She also manages a group of about 50 volunteers who keep things running smoothly.

Jaime Shank brings enthusiasm and passion to her role as Director of Kids at  Cedar Creek Church’s Findlay Campus

Jaime Shank brings enthusiasm and passion to her role as Director of Kids at Cedar Creek Church’s Findlay Campus

Getting to know the kids

Staying relevant to kids’ culture is important to Cedarville staff and volunteers. During a weekend service, kids play fun games, dance to upbeat worship music, watch fun videos that incorporate Bible lessons and break into small groups to discuss life’s challenges. “My favorite part of my job is getting to know the kids…knowing their names and knowing their stories. I also like building relationships with the parents, seeing them on a consistent basis and just being able to walk through life together with them,” she explains.

Jamie is not only passionate about kids; she is equally passionate about her church. “I think Cedar Creek is a great place to come to be your authentic self and to find people that want to walk beside you. I honestly have never found a better community of people of like mind and people that challenge me to grow in my own faith, life and leadership,” she explains.

For more information about Cedar Creek Church go to cedarcreek.tv or call their Findlay campus at 567-429-7121.

Findlay Favorites with Jaime:

Favorite restaurant: Fireside Brick Oven Pub & Grill. They have an antipasto appetizer plate and it’s my favorite thing, ever.
Favorite place to spend time as a family: In the summer our favorite place is Miracle Park. Our family loves to be outside in both summer and winter. We enjoy the outdoors a lot.
Favorite place to shop: Flag City Clothing. I don’t go shopping often for myself, but that’s the place I go when I do.
Favorite date night spot: We usually go for a good steak, so probably Texas Roadhouse.
Favorite season in Findlay: It’s a toss-up between summer and winter. I love the snow. It’s the only time that the world goes quiet.
Favorite coffee shop: Coffee Amici.
Favorite ice cream: Archie’s Drive In