Children's Ministry

We teach the “Dig In” curriculum, by Group Publishing, for our Children’s Church and Children Creating for Christ (Sunday School) programs.  We currently teach “Digging into the Bible in One Year,” which takes kids on a whirlwind journey from Genesis to Revelation.  Kids experience a relationship with God through the eyes of ordinary people in the Bible and discover that they are very similar to the people through whom God has worked and always loved. 

Nursery

Nursery services are available from 8:45 until 12:15.  parents must stay on the premises.  Children ages birth to 4 years old are welcome to attend nursery.  Age appropriate Bible Study is presented.  

Children's Church

Children’s Church us offered during each service for children ages 5-12 years old.  Children are dismissed after praise and worship in the 9 a.m. service and after the Apostles Creed in the 11 a.m. service.  Children focus on a Bible point each week with optional corresponding scripture to memorize.  

Children Creating For Christ (Sunday School)

Children meet in the parlor adjacent to the sanctuary after the first service (usually around 10 a.m.) until 10:50 a.m.  Here children make crafts and engage in activities associated with the Bible point of the day. 

SEASONAL PROGRAMMING

In addition to our weekly Sunday worship opportunities, we offer many options to gather and fellowship.  Please join us for our seasonal programs.

EASTER CELEBRATION

Sunday April 14th, 2019 from 2-4.  Children experience the true Easter story through special activities, crafts, snacks and games that point them to the heart of Jesus.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their child. 

END OF SCHOOL YEAR BASH

Join us at Spirit Professionals as we enjoy a fun way to celebrate the end of the school year. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

“Roar! Life is wild. God is Good.”  An epic African Adventure engages the whole herd.  At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.  Online registration will begin in April 2019.

SUMMER MOVIE AT AMC THEATRE

Join us in mid July as we rent out a theatre at the AMC Hammond and watch a summer movie together. 

THANKSGIVING PIE-MAKING SOCIAL

Tuesday November 20th, 2018 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Come and make a homemade pie with us for your Thanksgiving dinner and while it bakes we will eat pie, play games and make a fall themed craft.  Each child will need help making their delicious pie from scratch so parents or grandparents are highly encouraged to attend. 

DECORATING OF THE CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS THREE AND FIRST SUNDAY ADVENT PARTY

Sunday December 2nd, 2018 from 4-6 pm.  Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season with a craft, snacks, and decorating the children’s Christmas tree in the Narthex.

ADVENT WORKSHOP

Sunday December 9th, 2018 from 2-4 pm.  Join us in a transformed Ciruti Hall as we celebrate the reason for the season – Jesus!  Children will make advent ornaments as well as traditional themed ornaments and crafts.  Snacks, punch and hot chocolate will be served .

CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY SERVICE

Monday December 24th at 4 pm.  The Children will be the focus of the service by either performing a nativity presentation and/or reading scripture and performing music. 

PARENTS RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

When it comes to choosing a Bible for your child, pick one that is easy to read (a friendly translation) and attractive to your child.  

  • The Adventure Bible (NIV is great!)
  • Hands on Bible
  • The Action Bible (great for comic book loving kids)

While every child should have their own Bible, there are some extraordinary story book Bibles to choose from.  Our two favorite are:

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally-Lloyd Jones -Each true Bible story points to Jesus in this lovely book. 
  • Friends with God Story Bible – True stories from the Bible told in the first person with a letter from each writer. 

We encourage your family to read a devotional together every day.  There are so many wonderful options to choose from that will work for your family.  Two great options are:

  • Jesus Calling 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young (daily devotional)
  • Friends with God Devotions for Kids (weekly devotional)

The original definition of catechism is “a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians.”  It is never too early to begin memorizing the core tenets of our Christian belief.  This is a wonderful addition to family devotionals.  The follow Catechism is designed to be done once per week and repeated and memorized during the week. It is available in FREE APP or a book copy.  Each question has accompanying scripture and more in depth information if wanted. 

  • New City Catechism: 52 questions and answers for out hearts and minds (The Gospel Coalition)

Help keep your children focused on Biblical principles in this crazy world. 

  • Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. (Ages 3-7)
  • Focus on the Family Clubhouse (Ages 8-12)