One of the ways Jesus taught us to love him is by serving others. He showed the disciples what he meant by washing their stinky feet. And now, one of the ways we get to serve kids is by changing their diapers.
Now, if you’re under 18 or not yet a cleared volunteer, sorry, no diaper duty for you. Just ask a cleared adult in the room to take care of the kid who needs to be changed.
But if you’re a cleared adult volunteer who encounters a dirty diaper, we’ve got a few steps to follow. First, gather all the supplies BEFORE placing the kid on the changing area. You’ll need the diaper, wipes, gloves and a “checked and changed sticker.”
Always wear gloves, even if the diaper is only wet. Then, once the kid is clean, put a sticker right there on the new diaper. Pass the kid to another volunteer so you can throw away the dirty diaper, gloves and wipes, and clean the whole changing area with a Clorox wipe, not to be mistaken for a diaper wipe.
Of course we want volunteers to stay clean and germ-free too. So the final step is to wash your hands!
Sometimes, a kid may have an accident or get their clothes dirty in spite of the diaper. When that happens, use the phone in the room or flag a person with a headset. Ask for a change of clothes, and let them know the age, gender and size of the kid who needs it. You’ll get clothes delivered to your room in a ziploc bag with a note to parents explaining what happened. Swap the dry clothes in the bag for the wet ones …and seal it up tight with the note on top! Once the kid is dressed and dry, wash your hands and get back to the fun of Kids’ Club!
Sure, kids won’t really thank us for a dirty job well done. But that just means we get the chance to show the kind of selfless love Jesus showed. And you know what that means, right? That means being willing to change a kid… just might end up changing us.
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