Ever need a reason to celebrate? This week has been one of surprise celebrations. While special recognition will find its way into the Traditional worship service, I wanted you to know about another recognition that took place during the week.
On Friday, the Week Day School of First Baptist Church of Plano celebrated “Melody Winchester Day!” Cards, notes, and tokens of appreciation were shared throughout the day; a delightful luncheon was provided by one of our adult Bible study classes.
Melody began serving at what was then called the FBC Child Development Center in January, 1989—twenty-five years ago! She was the lead teacher in the Infant I classroom. A quarter of a century later, the “youngest of the young” is still the heart of her ministry.
Not long after she started, she was asked to be the Assistant Director of the infant area of the center, which meant being responsible for all of the babies through two years of age. It was during this time that Melody became—in many ways—the “face of the Week Day School.” Melody’s gentle spirit and kind manner have eased the anxieties of many new parents as they struggled through making the difficult decision of where to find the quality Christian child care their child needed. Her love for those families is a wonderful hallmark of our church’s ministry to so many through the years.
As the CDC grew, Melody’s leadership roles and her expertise continued to expand. In 2010, she served as the Interim Director; she proved to be superb! Working diligently to complete all of the requirements for certification, she continued to lead the Week Day School with excellence. When the necessary qualifications had been approved, Melody became the Director of the FBC Week Day School in May, 2013.
The qualifications that matter the most have little to do with the state of Texas licensure process. Melody loves the Lord Jesus. She adores children and strives to help parents be their very best. She provides thoughtful and caring leadership to her staff and is always seeking opportunities to grow. Her ministry matters in the Kingdom because she serves the King first and foremost.
I hope you will take a moment this week to express appreciation to a person who serves by leading for Jesus’ sake. You’re encouragement will mean much to them; we can all use the practice at being encouragers, as well.