PURPOSE: The purpose of our ministry to children is to care for, instruct, and encourage them in their Christian faith and to assist parents in nurturing their children to glorify and enjoy God forever. We seek to engage the heads, hearts, and hands of our children with the Gospel message of salvation in Jesus Christ.
WHAT WE DO ON SUNDAYS:
We provide childcare for our infants through 2-year-olds and Sunday school for 3-year-olds through 4th graders. (For information about Middle School and High School see our "Youth and Family Ministry" page
Prior to the Service (8:45-9:45am): 2nd Graders (room #115) and 3rd-4th Graders (room #123) meet to read a Bible story, memorize a section of Scripture, and pray together. They meet early to enable them to participate in the entirety of the worship service afterwards.
During the Service (10:00-11:30am):
Nurseries are available for infants through 2-year-olds at the beginning of the service
Class is available for 3-year-olds at the beginning of the service
The 3-year-olds/Preschool class reads the same story and memorizes the same section of Scripture as the older classes, but has a bit more play mixed into the class and a bit less teaching.
Classes are available for Pre K through 1st grade beginning midway through the service.
These classes are dismissed midway through the worship service (prior to the sermon). When dismissed, they first gather together for a time of singing before their classes begin (in room #128) and then proceed to their classes.
Children of all ages are welcome to remain in the worship service instead of going to class.
We have children's bulletins as well as children's sermon guides on the welcome table just before you enter the gymnasium.
For Visitors: When you arrive, visit our children's ministry table located to the right just after you walk in. We have helpful volunteers who can answer your questions, help you sign your child in for a class and point you in the right direction. All of our teachers and volunteers have passed background checks prior to serving with children.
We are currently using The Gospel Story Bible
by Marty Machowski to guide our curriculum for 3 yr olds through 4th grade (see a sample of a story
). Those classes are also memorizing the Beatitudes this semester (see our memorization schedule