Volunteers in Action


Jessica Warren

How did you hear about Play?

“I first heard about Brookside Play during a service at Northview Church. We watched a video about the purpose and goals and progress being made for children in this program. I felt so moved by it, so compelled to learn more. I had been praying for some time to understand where God wanted me to serve - I felt guided toward Play and was excited to get involved.”

When did you start serving at Play?

“I began serving at Brookside in November - Fall 2 being my first session. I’m eager to find another opportunity here at Play in 2019!”

What activities have you taught the kids?

“It has been such a privilege to get to know these children - and to have their big hearts revealed in such big ways! I hope I encouraged them to explore their imaginations, to feel confident in their unique abilities, and to have compassion for their classmates and for themselves. I also hope they feel strengthened by the stories of God’s love that we read together.”

What have you learned from serving the kids?

“The last 6 weeks have been tremendously joyful and completely inspiring. I came to Brookside Play in the hopes that I could contribute to the amazing growth that is happening in this community, but I had no idea just how much I, myself, would be changed.”

“Serving at Play has been a wonderful reminder that possibly some of the most purposeful things you can do with children is to just be present, listen, and let them know that you believe in them.”

Andrew Neal