Kids & Youth
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Children's Ministry is offered for children from birth until 3rd Grade during our corporate worship service. We use Gospel Story for Kids, a three-year curriculum that takes kids on an exciting journey from Genesis to Revelation and shows how the gospel is relevant throughout all of Scripture. Every week, your child will receive a coloring sheet that he/she worked on during class. A fun idea to save and organize your child’s work is to insert each coloring sheet into a binder in order from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
We have a Infant/Toddler class (up to 24 months) which is meant to serve our youngest children mostly through play and prayer. The class will feature a short time reading from scripture or the Gospel Story for Kids, along with some songs and prayer for each child.
Our 2-3-Year-Old Class, Pre-K &K Class, and 1st-3rd Grade Class all meet in their classes, and then gather together for a fun assembly of singing, catechism questions, Scripture memory.
We are happily persuaded that older, elementary aged-children ought to join the rest of the congregation in corporate worship, so they can (among others):
- Benefit from the wisdom of multiple generations
- Observe their parents and/or other godly saints worshipping and sitting under God's Word preached
- Begin to develop a taste for expositional preaching, so by the time they are leaving the home and perhaps looking for a church of their own, they will know what to look for
For more, read John and Noel Piper's excellent article, The Family: Together in God’s Presence
While the primary places of discipleship for teens ought to be the home, the corporate gathering of the church, and our GC's, having close friends in the same stage of life is also important for encouragement, growth, and fun. Our goal at this point is not a full blown youth ministry, but rather a monthly time for 6th-12th graders to connect and have fun.
Every Second Saturday of each month, our youth alternate between game/movie nights at a host home and game/events "on the town" (like bowling, a movie, ball game, park event, swimming, etc.).
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Baptism and Membership
Does your child desire to be baptized? We would encourage you to read what we think about a mature profession of faith and the appropriate age of a baptism candidate. Please email a pastor if you have further questions.
Additional Recommended Resources:
Accompanying Family Devotional - One reason we especially appreciate the Gospel Story curriculum is because it recognizes the primacy of the family in discipleship of children. Each Sunday's lesson is a jumping-off point for five more 5-15 minute family devotionals throughout the remainder of the week.
- My First Book of Questions and Answers - This catechism is based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and is what we use in our children's assembly. The questions and answers are written in a way that even a 2 or 3-year-old can memorize, but profound enough for even older elementary children.
- Your Child's Profession of Faith - If a small child tells us he thinks he's saved, do we take his words at face value? How do we test his profession, especially without seeming to doubt the child and discourage him? Many have found this book a most useful guide.