Jesus loves children. When the disciples tried the shoo them away, Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14). Children's ministry is important to us. On Wednesday nights we start together as teams at 6:00 PM in the sanctuary and then break in to groups for age-appropriate discipleship activities. On Sunday mornings, kids spend partial time in the service and partial time in kids worship. From time to time, special activities break up the usual schedule for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, and Easter.
Jesus Storybook Bible - preschoolers leave the sanctuary after the children's chat for their own worship. They listen to stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible. These stories, broken down for a younger audience, not only teach kids about the Bible but demonstrate how each story is connected to the central theme of Jesus. Even our leaders have found themselves learning while going through this book! They will also do crafts and have time to explore.
Elements - this exciting time happens during our worship service. Kids go to their own area after a period of time, where they learn about an essential element from the Bible. This happens after our children's chat, and includes singing, videos, Bible study, and in-depth questioning.
Our Wednesday night program is called Connect! It meets from 6:00-7:30. This is for our preschool age children to our 5th grade students. Here, we sing, play games, and grow closer to God. This year we are studying the Life of Jesus. The focus of this curriculum is not to just learn about Jesus, but to get to know Him personally. How can you Connect?
Wanna see what Connect is all about? Watch this short clip below to see a little on what happens each week. Also, follow this link to our Youtube page. This longer video was done as a part of our Connect Sunday where we celebrate our kids, teacher, volunteers, parents and everyone else who is a part of Connect. This will give you a glimpse into what a typical Wednesday night might look like.
Youtube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksjEP6KBZLs&t=84s