Partnering with Parents to help Kids grow into Passionate Followers of Jesus
We love kids! And because we love kids, we want to partner with families to help them grow their kids into passionate followers of Jesus.
Our plan is simple. On Sunday mornings, we offer a special learning time for Children of all ages during our worship service. We then provide parents with some suggested topics and questions to use with their kids through out the week. This way, we try to utilize the small amount of time we get with both parents and kids in a way that helps families continue to focus on Jesus all through the week.
The Family Worship Center's primary gathering time is Sunday mornings at 10am. We begin our worship service with all ages together, but after a few songs, we dismiss our kids and youth into their special gathering times.
Jr. Church happens Sunday mornings during our worship service. Kids start out in the worship service with their parents and then are dismissed part way through to go to Jr. Church. Jr. Church is for kids ages 1st grade through 5th grade. Parents can pick their kids up after the service.
Our Preschool class room also happens during our Sunday morning worship service. Kids start out in the worship service with their parents and then are dismissed to go to the Preschool class. The Preschool class is for 3 year-olds through Kindergarten.
Our nursery is for infants through 2 year olds and is open from 9:30 through all of our worship service. Parents can drop kids off at any point during that time.
Our favorite Resources
Picking the right Bible translation for your kids.
Not all Bible's are the same. Some translations are written for readers with larger vocabularies than others. Because of that, we love the NIrV (New International Readers Version). This is a version of the NIV where the translators have worked hard to use vocabulary that kids will understand. Two great Bible's in the NIrV translation are the Quest Study Bible for Kids and the Kids Devotional Bible.
Great Devotionals To Use At Home With Your Kids.
Having a regular devotional time at home with your kids is a great way to help them see your passion for Jesus and to help instill in them a lasting knowledge of God. Here are some great devotionals we suggest using with your kids.
Long Story Short by Marty Machowski is wonderful devotional book for busy families. Each devotion allows you to look at how a story from the Old Testament points us to Jesus and helps us understand our faith more fully. But it does so in short, kid friendly segments that allow busy families to spend time with the Lord together. These are designed for elementary to early middle school aged kids. Each devotion is designed to be roughly 10 minutes long.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones is a great way to read the stories of the Bible to your young kids. With great illustrations and an emphasis on Jesus through out the Bible, this Storybook is a great way to introduce your kids to the message of God's word.
The New City Catechism and New City Catechism Devotional . While the Church of God traditionally does not use Catechisms, this book produced by The Gospel Coalition is a great way to help your kids memorize key tenants of the faith. The Catechism is laid out as 52 questions with answers. The idea is to cover a different question every week with your kids and work through memorizing the answer together. The accompanying devotional provides great content to help you read and talk through the truths that are behind each of the 52 questions and answers. Many studies show that kids who memorize a Catechism tend to posses a better understanding of their faith and continue to practice as they grow older. The Catechism is designed for pre-teens and early teenagers, but when done well can work with any age group.
Do you have devotions you have found to be exceptional? If so, tell us about them and we will include them in the list. Email email@example.com
Online Resources that Help.
We love theparentcue.org. It is a online resources with blogs, podcasts, and great articles about helping raise kids up in Christ through the different stages of a child's development.