Cathy Li and Naomi Gillette were recently hired to staff the nursery on Sundays from 8:45 to 10:30, and then help with Sunday School until 11:30. They will also staff the nursery on Wednesdays during Lenten worship, bell choir rehearsal and choir, from 6-8 pm. Cathy explains the nursery is “a safe place for younger children to play during worship if they need someplace to go. There’s a lot of activities and toys to keep them entertained so parents can really enjoy worship without needing to focus attention on keeping kids to stay still”.
“As nursery staff, we are there to make sure that children are always entertained and safe so parents have no need to worry. We are trained to work with kids and have safety training such as CPR and First Aid certification. We are there to make sure that all churchgoers with young children have no need to worry about their children during worship.”
Both Cathy and Naomi are first-year students at UIUC, and graduates of Champaign Central High School. Cathy is studying Chemical Engineering, and Naomi is studying Kinesiology. Cathy has worked as a camp counselor at the Savoy Recreation Center, and Naomi has worked in the Childwatch area at the YMCA. They are excited to be working at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church as nursery staff!
The Good Shepherd Nursery is open to children from 0-4 years old on Sundays from 8:45-11:15, and Wednesdays from 6-8 pm.