Coming alongside parents to equip and encourage in what God has called each parent into
We love our children, not because they are the church of tomorrow, but because they are an integral part of the church of today. Their presence is a reminder of God's care for our church and our mutual responsibility to disciple even the youngest members. Their integration into the life of the church has never been more important.
"And these words that I command to you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
At the heart of our ministry to kids on Sunday morning is teaching the Bible and learning about Jesus. Our ministry to kids is not only about the discipleship of young people, but is also a great way for parents and volunteers to grow spiritually as they learn how to communicate gospel truths to children.
How discipleship happens for your children varies from family to family. Even though each family is unique, we believe that meaningful discipleship of your children can take place as young people are shown by the parents what it looks like to be willing participants in a diverse congregation. It is healthy for children to see their parents and others worshipping God, sitting under God’s Word as it is taught, sacrificially serving the church, and saturating their lives with the gospel. We encourage parents to build intentional time into the rhythm of family life to pray together, discuss God's Word together, and to serve their church and community together - in order to better live out the gospel together.
Even with our youngest kids, we strive to plant the first seeds of a strong gospel-centered foundation. We do not see our time with your children as merely babysitting but hope to point them to Jesus as we worship through song, tell stories from the Bible, and gather in groups to talk about Jesus. Starting with our 2 year olds, a Bible lesson is taught each week with a key focus on the gospel of Jesus. When you leave your child with the teachers, you can expect them to interact with the Bible and be prayed for. Prayer and Bible teaching will also be integrated for our 1 year olds in the nursery.
AGES & CHECK-IN
In an effort to help support parents in the discipleship of their children, we provide a loving and safe environment for kids (Birth - 10 years old) to learn about Jesus and begin to form solid gospel habits. Children 11 years old and older are welcome to participate in the sanctuary. We have a special "Kid's Worship Bulletin" for them to engage with the service.
Please check in all kids nursery - 10 years at the designated kiosk at the entrance. Nursery and toddlers (2-3 years) will go straight to their classrooms, while 4-10 year olds will join you in the sanctuary (to be dismissed to their classroom about 25 minutes into the service).
Each week, we send parents home with information on the big idea of the morning and which Scriptures were taught. We hope you will take advantage of this, and other resources, to continue gospel-centered conversations at home.
A private cry room off the sanctuary is provided for mothers who desire to nurse during the service, or for little ones who have become fussy. Audio of the service is provided.
VOLUNTEERING IN OUR KIDS MINISTRY
Ministry to our kids is heavily reliant on caring volunteers. This modeling of sacrificial service is not only beneficial for our children, but impacts our volunteers and parents in vital ways. If you are interested in volunteering, go HERE.
FOUR56 is a ministry originally designed for all kids in grades 4 - 6. Currently, we have expanded it to include all kids in grades 3-6. It is our hope that in these young years, our children will come to know Jesus personally, form strong bonds of friendship with others in the church, and grow in their desire to use their gifts to bless others.